OCHA staff and others walking near the Palestinian villages of Yasuf and Madana, the West Bank, April 2021. Photo by Tanya Habjouqa/LWD for OCHA

Our Work

In the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), as elsewhere around the world, humanitarian aid is delivered by multiple actors. At OCHA oPt, we contribute to a principled and effective humanitarian response by fulfilling our global core functions: coordination, advocacy, policy, information management and humanitarian financing.

We coordinate humanitarian action in Gaza and the West Bank to expand its reach, improve prioritization and reduce duplication, ensuring that aid and protection are accessed by those who need them most.

We mobilize and engage a range of financing instruments to ensure that humanitarian needs are met, humanitarian leadership and coordination mechanisms are promoted, and financing mechanisms are complementary among themselves and coherent with development funding.


We lead the development of humanitarian policy to help set humanitarian agendas to improve effectiveness, new frameworks, and increased capacities of the national government and local actors.

OCHA’s public and private advocacy raises awareness of forgotten crises, promotes respect for international humanitarian law (IHL), brings the voices of crisis-affected people to the forefront, and helps people obtain access to humanitarian assistance.

OCHA provides information management services to the humanitarian community to inform a rapid, effective and principled response. It gathers, shares and uses data and information, underpinning coordination, decision-making and advocacy.