West and Central Africa

Highlights 2012

  • In response to the food and nutrition crisis across the Sahel, ROWCA focused on preparedness and response measures and supporting the work of the Sahel Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC). ROWCA led the development of the 2012 Sahel response strategy and performance monitoring framework. It also provided extensive surge support to all affected countries and established offices in Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.
  • Following the political upheaval in Mali, ROWCA provided surge capacity and established initial preparedness-and-response measures, such as contingency plans and response strategies. 
  • ROWCA deployed teams to support emergency response to flooding across the region.
  • ROWCA strengthened its partnership with ECOWAS and ECCAS. The work with ECOWAS focused on supporting the development of the organization’s humanitarian policy and the related Plan of Action.

Mothers gather at a community centre to take part in a session on how to recognize the early signs of malnutrition in their children. 24 May 2012. © UNOCHA/ David Gough.