Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia

Almaty

Highlights 2011

  • Following completion of the June 2010-June 2011 humanitarian operation in Kyrgyzstan, SROCA led the humanitarian community’s transition from humanitarian response to recovery. It focused on creating a sustainable, locally owned disaster response preparedness mechanism. The process ended in December 2011 and OCHA closed its offices in Kyrgyzstan.
     
  • SROCA helped strengthen contingency planning and coordination across the region, transferring skills and expertise to create a more effective emergency response. Initiatives included setting up or reinforcing HCTs in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; facilitating contingency planning workshops in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan; coordinating crisis communications workshops and establishing crisis communications groups in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan; organizing a regional strategy meeting of RCs; and facilitating humanitarian coordination trainings in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
     
  • All five Central Asian governments and two Caucasus governments attended a SROCA-led INSARAG/UNDAC seminar on disaster management in September 2010. SROCA engaged Kazakhstan in a disaster simulation exercise and helped develop Kyrgyzstan’s contingency plans. A Central Asian Center for Disaster Response and Risk Reduction was established in August 2011 after strong support from SROCA.

WFP food distribution assistance for the vulnerable in Kyrgyzstan. © WFP/Aisha Aitmamatkyzy