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UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the £0.5 million allocated to the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to improve dialogue between the humanitarian co-ordinators based in a country receiving aid and emergency relief coordinators will be spent on. (224131)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing £0.5 million over three years (2006 to 2008) to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support its efforts to strengthen UN humanitarian leadership at country level. OCHA has established a team at headquarters dedicated to humanitarian coordinator (HC) strengthening through delivering training and guidance to humanitarian coordinators in the field; expanding the number of experienced humanitarian coordinators available for deployment, including through improved leadership development; and enhancing the knowledge and skills of humanitarian coordinators through knowledge sharing and best practice.