Organisation Type: UN Agency

About Us

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is a branch of the United Nations Secretariat that is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and timely humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.

As for Yemen, it is currently facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Since the escalation of conflict in 2015, millions of people have been displaced and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including food, water, healthcare, and shelter.

In this context, OCHA's role in Yemen is multifaceted:

  1. Coordination: OCHA coordinates international response to the humanitarian crisis, ensuring that aid reaches the people in need and avoiding duplication of efforts.
  2. Advocacy: OCHA advocates for access to all people in need and for the protection of civilians, often reminding all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law.
  3. Information Management: OCHA collects, analyzes, and shares critical information that helps the humanitarian community understand the situation and respond accordingly.
  4. Humanitarian Financing: Through the Yemen Humanitarian Fund and the Central Emergency Response Fund, OCHA helps to raise funds for the relief operations in Yemen.
  5. Policy: OCHA provides guidance to the humanitarian community on key policy issues to improve the response.

By coordinating these efforts, OCHA helps to ensure that aid reaches those most in need, while also advocating for sustainable solutions to the crisis.