In 2017, thanks to the support of our donors, OCHA:

  • Coordinated the development of the 2018-2020 Humanitarian Response Strategy and 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan. The 2018 HNO document was also developed under the coordination of OCHA oPt. The country office also coordinated the development of the Gaza Urgent Funding Appeal at mid-year.

  • Supported resource mobilization efforts on behalf of the humanitarian community in oPt. The 2017 HRP received $259.1 million out of the $551.9 million requested (47 per cent). A Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) rapid response grant was secured in August 2017 to respond to the deteriorating situation in Gaza. Throughout the year, the oPt Humanitarian Fund (oPt HF) allocated funding to 43 projects, for a total value of $11.7 million, addressing urgent needs in Gaza (73 per cent) and the West Bank (27 per cent). The HF projects focused on education, emergency shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection, food security and health.
  • Facilitated and led inter-cluster efforts to mainstream cross-cutting issues throughout the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and across the core functions of coordination, advocacy, information management, and humanitarian financing. This included mainstreaming of protection, gender, and community engagement and accountability to affected populations.
  • Carried out vulnerability profiling of 46 Palestinian Bedouin/Herder communities in the central West Bank, designed to quantify sectoral needs. The Vulnerability Profile dashboard that was published as a result of this assessment of the 46 communities is an online tool designed to visualize the key findings of this comprehensive dataset.
  • Provided 184 humanitarian briefings and field visits, reaching 2,326 people, including elected representatives, diplomats, humanitarian partners and members of civil society.
  • Supported the humanitarian advocacy function of the Humanitarian Coordinator, which included the issuing of 10 public statements expressing concern or raising awareness about humanitarian issues.
  • Published innovative and highly sought-after information management products, including regular and ad hoc reports, maps and online databases.
  • Worked towards enhancing preparedness and disaster risk management, including supporting disaster preparedness and emergency response systems at local and community level.