Sub-Regional Office for East Africa (Kenya)

East Africa

Highlights 2011

  • OCHA worked with the Regional Humanitarian Partnership Team, the Regional Communications Group and other forums to focus on the Horn of Africa crisis. Working with UN agencies, NGOs, governments and civil society representatives, OCHA coordinated programmatic response, promoted advocacy and improved information-sharing.
  • On Kenya, OCHA strengthened inter-sector and inter-agency coordination, while supporting Government coordination tools. This included developing a strategy for host communities around the Dadaab refugee complex, and convening the Kenya Humanitarian Partnership Team, the Kenya Humanitarian Forum and various donor forums.
  • The office supported high-level UN participation, advocacy and resource mobilization, most notably at summits and conferences in Nairobi, the Gulf, New York and Geneva.
  • OCHA delivered high-quality information and analysis products, including weekly situation reports, humanitarian snapshots, key messages and talking points. It also provided briefings for numerous high-level missions to the region and for newly arrived humanitarian actors seeking guidance on operating in a complex humanitarian context.
  • In Kenya, OCHA helped mobilize more than $500 million through the Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan, managed the timely arrival of CERF funds and filled critical funding gaps through the Emergency Response Fund. 

Temporary homes in the overflow area of the Ifo Extension camp in Dadaab, Kenya. © INTERNEWS