The Humanitarian Programme Cycle

The Humanitarian Programme Cycle refers to a series of actions undertaken in the management of international humanitarian response operations. These must be conducted, to the extent possible, in collaboration with and in support of national and local authorities.

Humanitarian Response Cycle

The actions in the cycle, described below, are inter-related and should be managed in a seamless manner using a coherent approach and a common set of tools.

  • Emergency preparedness is a distinct element of, and underpins, the entire cycle.
  • Timely, coordinated assessments and analysis identify the needs of affected people and provide the evidence base for planning the response.
  • Coordinated planning allows for the formulation of strategic objectives, what needs to be done to meet them, and how much it will cost.
  • Funding and other resources are mobilized for the system based on and in support of the strategic response plan.
  • Monitoring of agreed output and outcome indicators and the tracking of financial information demonstrates results and informs decision-making about the plan.

While implementation of the cycle should be flexible and adaptable to different country situations, it must at a minimum address the above elements. Whenever possible, it should support national and local partners, including NGOs, civil society and communities, and complement or build on existing frameworks; it should contribute to a response that builds resilience to future disasters.

More information on the specific elements of the HPC can be found here.

The Humanitarian Response Plan in the occupied Palestinian territory

The humanitarian community in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has developed an annual humanitarian plan for the oPt every year since 2003. The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) primarily focuses on addressing humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip as well as in Area C and East Jerusalem of the West Bank, where the most vulnerable populations have been identified and where the reach of the Palestinian Authority is most limited.

Humanitarian assistance in the oPt aims to address needs and vulnerability mostly arising from the policies and practices linked to the occupation and the blockade. Those targeted for assistance are those most in need of protection, access to essential services and interventions that will allow them to cope with the effects of the prolonged occupation and shocks.

At a minimum, the HRP aims to protect the rights and stabilize the situation of the protected population until longer term development and political solutions are found. The HRP complements national and international longer term development strategies, such as the Palestinian National Development Plan and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Read more on the latest Humanitarian Response Plan here.

$547 million funding appeal to address humanitarian needs in Palestine during 2017

11 Jan 2017 |
ההשקה של תוכנית המענה ההומניטרי (לשטח הפלסטיני הכבוש) לשנת 2017, דצמבר 2016 / © צילום: משרד האו״ם לתיאום עניינים הומניטריים

On 19 December 2016, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Robert Piper, and the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, Dr Ibrahim Al-Shaer, launched the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the oPt.

2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Response Plan Dashboard

19 Dec 2016 |

The oPt is unique amongst today’s humanitarian crises. The needs identified are directly linked to Israel's occupation, now approaching its 50th year.

2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory

19 Dec 2016 |
Photo by OCHA

The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan is the fifteenth coordinated appeal in the occupied Palestinian territory. It aims to extend protection to Palestinians living under occupation, in accordance with international law, to ensure access to basic services for the most vulnerable Palestinians and to strengthen the capacity of families to cope with the continued pressures of life under occupation.

2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview for the occupied Palestinian territory

18 Dec 2016 |
Photo by OCHA

The humanitarian context of occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is unique amongst today’s humanitarian crises and remains directly tied to the impact of Occupation, now in its 50th year. A protracted protection crisis continues. The first challenge is the continuing need for protection measures for at least 1.8 million Palestinians experiencing, or at risk of, conflict and violence, displacement and denial of access to livelihoods, among other threats. Second, is the need to ensure delivery of essential services such as water and health care for the most acutely vulnerable households, currently denied or restricted in access. And third is the need to support vulnerable households to better cope with the prolonged nature of the humanitarian crisis and the recurrent cycle of shocks, natural and manmade.

Periodic Monitoring Report: 1 January to 30 June 2016

16 Sep 2016 |
Gaza. Photo by EWASH

2016 Humanitarian Response Plan - oPt: The major drivers of humanitarian vulnerability in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) remain unchanged. The situation is characterized by a protracted occupation, now in its 50th year, the systematic denial of Palestinian rights, and continuing conflict, punctuated by frequent outbreaks of violence. A pervasive crisis of accountability remains, with no effective remedy for the vast majority of alleged violations of international law, to ensure justice for the victims and to prevent future violations. Efforts by donors and HCT members to maintain humanitarian space to enable humanitarian operations to deliver to the most vulnerable people are vital. This report covers achievements of humanitarian partners in the first 6 months of 2016, identifies challenges to operations and provides a range of recommendations. In particular, the Government of Israel and relevant Palestinian authorities should fulfil their responsibilities to facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations and donors are encouraged to continue funding the Humanitarian Response Plan in a manner consistent with the priorities agreed by humanitarian partners, including expanding contributions to the Humanitarian Fund (HF).

Humanitarian Dashboard - 2nd Quarter 2016

18 Aug 2016 |
Photo by ACF

The major drivers of humanitarian vulnerability in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) remain unchanged in 2016. The situation is characterized by a protracted occupation, now approaching its 50th year, the systematic denial of Palestinian rights, and continuing conflict, punctuated by frequent outbreaks of violence. The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is currently 28% funded, with $161 million of requested requirements met. While the 2016 HRP request of $571 million represents an almost 20% reduction on 2015’s request of $706 million, the 2016 HRP has received less funds, both in percentage and in absolute terms, compared with funding received this time last year for the 2015 SRP. Only 13% of the requested funds for top priority projects has been received to date, while “other priority” projects have 31% funding coverage. Funding between clusters continues to be fairly even but less funded than last year.

Humanitarian response impeded by underfunding

3 Jun 2016 |

The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is part of the 2016 Global Humanitarian Overview, which is requesting a record US$20.1 billion to fund humanitarian operations around the world this year. The oPt HRP was launched locally in February and plans to support one in three Palestinians with some form of humanitarian assistance in 2016. It includes 206 projects worth $571 million, 19 per cent less than the sum requested in 2015. Seventy-nine organizations are participating: 12 UN agencies, 36 international NGOs and 31 national NGOs. Approximately one third of funds requested are designated as “top priority” to help guide where limited resources should be allocated first. Although the oPt HRP shares many of the features of other operations around the world, the context of the oPt is unique - a protracted protection crisis that stems from the impact of a military occupation approaching its 50th anniversary. Gender has been mainstreamed throughout all HRP objectives and all cluster strategies to ensure the protection of all members of the affected population and to guarantee effective and equitable delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian Dashboard | 1 January - 31 March 2016

4 May 2016 |
Humanitarian Dashboard covering the first quarter of 2016

The major drivers of humanitarian vulnerability in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) remain unchanged in 2016. The situation is characterized by a protracted occupation, now approaching its 50th year, the systematic denial of Palestinian rights, and continuing conflict, punctuated by frequent outbreaks of violence. The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is currently 20.5% funded, with $117 million of requested requirements met. The 2016 HRP has received less funds, both in percentage and in absolute terms, compared with funding received this time last year for the 2015 SRP, Only 11% of the requested funds for top priority projects has been received to date, while “other priority” projects have 19% funding coverage. Funding between clusters has been fairly even.

2015 Humanitarian Response Plan: End of Year Monitoring Update

18 Mar 2016 |

Overall, funding has been good, with a more even distribution of funding across clusters than in recent years. Despite funding gaps, clusters were able to reach many of those targeted however, in most cases this has been with fewer types of interventions than planned.