Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Highlights 2011

  • Revision of 2011 CAP in response to major drought secured $142mn to cover needs of almost three million people in 14 provinces in north, north-east and west of country.  The process led to detailed discussions of ‘development deficit’ and the need to introduce long-term measures, including improved water storage and management, alternative crops and changes in livelihood to lessen the impact of future droughts.
     
  • Strengthening of the cluster system, including expansion of some clusters to sub-national level and an improvement in inter-cluster coordination were part of an HCT-led campaign for more transparency and accountability in humanitarian operations. Two visits from the Global Food Security Coordinator helped sharpen the identification of cluster’ roles and responsibilities and the tools to be used, which include the introduction of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification in the first six months of 2012.
     
  • OCHA’s Civil-Military advocacy helped ISAF develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response, based on IASC Guidelines, confirming OCHA as focal point for humanitarian operations at country and regional levels.

A woman waits for food assistance near an informal settlement area for IDPs in Kabul, Afghanistan. © Mohammad Popal/IRIN