OCHA Donor Support Group (ODSG) Vorsitz der Schweiz 2017-2018

At a challenging moment, defined by increasing humanitarian needs and constrained financial resources, OCHA has launched a Change Management Process. At the same time the Office is in the process of elaborating its new Strategic Plan for the period 2018 – 2021. It is within this context that Switzerland is taking over the Chairmanship of the ODSG from June 2017 until June 2018. The overall goal of the Swiss ODSG Chairmanship is to support and guide the organization towards a more sustainable position within the humanitarian ecosystem.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR

Humanitarian efficiency
01.07.2017 - 31.12.2018
CHF 300'000
Background A well-functioning OCHA is essential to ensure the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the international humanitarian system. In the context of multiple, complex and protracted humanitarian crises, the mandate of OCHA as set out in General Assembly Resolution 46/182 and based on its five core functions (coordination, advocacy, policy, information management and humanitarian financing) is as relevant as ever for an effective humanitarian response.
Objectives The overall goal of the Swiss ODSG Chairmanship is to support and guide OCHA towards a more sustainable position within the humanitarian ecosystem. The objective is also to ensure a sound and sustainable financial footing for OCHA, so that it can effectively and efficiently focus on its core functions, advancing the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, and working as an honest broker, enabler and facilitator for the humanitarian community.
Target groups OCHA and other humanitarian partners
Medium-term outcomes
  • Management decisions (“Creating a better OCHA”) fully accepted by ODSG and implemented by July 2018 at the latest
  • Professional and transparent budgeting cycle by December 2017 and continuous updates on the status of the budget 2018
  • Strategic Plan 2018-21 broadly consulted and finalized by beginning 2018 at the latest with regular updates on the implementation of the SP
  • Mutual trust improved between OCHA, donors and partners by July 2018
  • Coordination and field support is strengthened
  • OCHA’s leadership is strengthened

Results from previous phases:   The Swiss Chair is building up on the work that has been done by the previous ODSG Chairs and will continue to be part of the troika (as outgoing chair) in 2018-2019.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   300'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   76'132 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  300'000