WHD 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A strong partnership for a more effective humanitarian action in West Africa and Central

By the Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, West and Central Africa (OCHA ROWCA)

On 2-3 October, OCHA ROWCA hosted a Humanitarian Policy Conference in Dakar. It brought members of the humanitarian community, academic institutions, civil society and the private sector to think and to work together for a more efficient humanitarian programming in the region. "We need to look at how to work better and smarter to break the cycle of vulnerability and crises," said Robert Piper, United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel.
During the conference participants made an overview of the humanitarian situation, vulnerability and risk management in the region. Discussions covered the future of humanitarian interventions with a focus on new partnerships, innovation and how to provide a much more effective response to the needs of vulnerable populations. "We need a new toolbox. We need to build on what we have, but we also need innovation and new tools, "said Mr. Piper.
The forum was organized in perparation of the World Humanitarian Summit scheduled in 2016. This summit will map out a new humanitarian approach that is more effective and inclusive, and more representative of the needs and challenges of our rapidly changing world. Currently, several consultations are being conducted to identify humanitarian priorities for each region.
For more go to www.ocha.org/rowca

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