Knowledge Management

UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS: HOW TO CUT?
When a strategic response plan is being updated or revised, it is sometimes said that projects which have not yet started should have their budgets decreased, as there is now less time for implementing the activities. Some easy formulas are sometimes used, like “halve all unfunded projects”. In fact, things are not that simple. Practical recommendations on how to cut in case of underfunded requirements.

Humanitarian actors can use the Environment Marker to identify the potential positive and negative impacts of humanitarian projects on the environment and to act on these considerations in work plans and funding proposals. This document informs on when and how the environment marker can be used. The document can be used by partners and clusters at the project development stage and by donors to screen projects for potential environmental impact. 
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Generating structured information products that can facilitate joint intersectoral analysis of humanitarian needs is a major challenge in many humanitarian emergencies. At the same time, ensuring consensus on the key humanitarian needs of a crisis-affected population, and how these vary between sectors and geographic areas, can be invaluable in supporting both strategic and operational analysis of the response required. This becomes particularly important when considering setting priorities as part of strategic response planning, which the needs analysis must inform.

Using a methodology for vulnerability and severity ranking is recommended to condense large amounts of humanitarian needs information into a format that allows for comparison and discussion. OCHA has developed a standardised, Excel-based humanitarian needs comparison tool based on field practice.
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Between now and the end of 2018, OCHA’s Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division (HFRMD) will facilitate an exercise to generate fresh thinking about our organization-wide approach to humanitarian financing. In his speech, ‘A Collective Call Towards Innovation in Humanitarian Funding,’ USG Mark Lowcock proposed a fundamental shift from ‘reaction’ to ‘anticipation’ in the global humanitarian response and laid out a six-point policy agenda on how to achieve it. This agenda spans across best practices, emerging approaches, and policy research in humanitarian financing that resonate with the collective commitments of the World Humanitarian Summit and link with broader global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To inform his speech, the USG also posted a blog and asked OCHA staff to share their views on it.

Initial Assessment Report Tropical Cyclone IDAI | Mozambique | District of Dondo

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of 14th to 15th March 2019 in the district of Dondo (nearby the city of Beira) in the Province of Sofala, in central Mozambique. Dondo is a distict within Sofala province with a population close to 185,000 according to the 2017 census (Instituto Nacional de Estatística, 2017). Due to its close proximity to the Beira Emergency Operation Center and relative accessibility the first inter-agnecy initial assessment was conducted on 24 March targeting 24 communites.
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In 2016, the Grand Bargain identified a lack of comprehensive and cross-sectoral assessments to inform crisis-wide humanitarian strategic decisions. In 2018, in recognition of the impetus from the Grand Bargain, REACH initiated and technically led, in close consultation with OCHA and UNHCR (in refugee contexts), 8 Multi-sector Needs Assessments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ukraine, Somalia and Yemen. This review found that these multi sector needs assessments (MSNAs) are gaining acceptance and increasingly mainstreamed as a tool to bolster the evidence base of consolidated planning and appeal processes such as the Humanitarian Needs Overviews (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP).
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