OCHA is a specialized UN agency that contributes to an effective humanitarian response by using coordination, advocacy, policy, information management and humanitarian financing tools and services. In order to expand the reach of humanitarian action, improve prioritization and reduce duplication, OCHA coordinates humanitarian responses and ensures that people who need it the most receive assistance and protection.
OCHA is responsible for monitoring the humanitarian funding instruments and to ensure that growing humanitarian needs are met. The agency also helps set the agenda for humanitarian sector reforms to respond to the shifting global landscape, new global frameworks, and increased capacities of national governments and actors. OCHA also promotes respect for international humanitarian law and raises awareness of forgotten humanitarian crises by bringing the voice of affected people to the forefront. OCHA is present in all parts of Africa and has regional and country offices in 17 African countries.
UNICEF it the UN humanitarian organization working with a fundamental mission to promote the rights of every child everywhere. It works in some of the toughest places in the world to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, to save their lives, defend their rights and help them fulfill their potential. UNICEF works across 190 countries and territories to build a better future for all children.
Through its headquarters, regional and country offices, UNICEF implements programs and operations to deliver change by using innovative solutions for issues affecting children. It cooperates and partners up with governments, other UN agencies, civil society, the private sector and local communities to advocate for improvement of conditions in which children live. In its work, UNICEF strives to win the support of decision makers and the public around the world to mobilize resources for the cause of children and advocates to achieve a greater impact. UNICEF has both regional and country offices throughout whole Africa, that help coordinate an ongoing work and initiatives.
The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian NGO working in some of the most complex humanitarian crisis in the world and helps people to restore their health, education, economic wellbeing and safety. The IRC also works on delivering solutions to humanitarian needs and uses its experience to shape the humanitarian policy. It operates on almost every continent on the world and currently works in 20 African countries.
The IRC provides direct assistance to people to feed their families and find a safe space to live while improving livelihoods opportunities for long-term economic wellbeing. It also provides educational opportunities to children, youth and adults that help them learn the skills they need to survive and provides healthcare to people affected by conflicts and disasters. Last, but not least, the IRC empowers people to understand their rights and make informed choices for their future.
Solidarites International was established in 1979 by five French citizens as a response to war in Afghanistan. As their first mission, they launched ‘’caravans of hope’’ to provide humanitarian aid for people throughout the country. Today, Solidarites International provides universal access to drinking water and sanitation to people affected by war, epidemics and natural disasters in 16 countries worldwide.
The organization’s teams work directly on the field to address the humanitarian needs and alleviate the most severe crises and help those whose lives and health are under threat by fulfilling their basic needs for food, water and shelter. After the crisis has passed, Solidarites International stays on the ground to help those who were the most affected to regain their livelihoods and the autonomy to be able to tackle the challenges with dignity. The organization works by following the humanitarian principles of humanity, independence, impartiality and neutrality. Solidarites International currently works in the following countries in Africa: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and South Sudan.
Trocaire was established in 1973 with a dual mandate to ‘’support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. The organization works with local partners to support communities in more than 20 countries while focusing on food and resource rights, humanitarian response and women’s empowerment.
Currently, Trocaire works in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi, supporting people to live in independence and dignity. It provides emergency aid and supports communities that were affected by natural disasters and conflict. It supports communities to gain access to natural resources, food and land to be able to cope with the effects of climate change and particularly works with both women and men to eliminate inequalities that keep women poor and marginalized. Last, but not least, Trocaire supports communities and people in their demands to keep their governments accountable and to challenge human rights violations.
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is global non-profit humanitarian medical organization working to provide health care services to the most vulnerable populations. The MSF delivers emergency medical assistance to people affected by disasters, epidemics, conflicts, and those whose access to medical care. They have medical projects in over 70 countries around the world, out of which in 34 African countries. The organization has offices in 21 countries, out of which one is located in South Africa.
The MSF conducts and implements health care programs in countries and communities where governments are not able to meet needs of their populations and where there are no existing health care and sanitary systems. The MSF’s teams consist out of surgeons, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health specialists, pediatricians, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals who provide lifesaving medical humanitarian care and speak out about what they see directly on the field.
The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is an international humanitarian NGO that gathers together national medical organizations, aid workers and global research institutions to provide quality medical care to people who need it the most. Since its establishment in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than two million patients, conducted 55 programs in 13 countries and implemented ten research projects focusing on Ebola, malnutrition and surgery.
ALIMA has offices in Australia, the US, France and Senegal. Presently, it conducts program in 13 African countries and it’s works revolves not only around providing humanitarian medical care, but also investing in operational and clinical research to improve medical care in humanitarian emergencies, including trauma, surgery, pediatric care, nutrition and Ebola. ALIMA works by following a humanitarian approach on sharing resources and bringing together partners to increase care for communities at risk and expand medical response capacity in some of the most challenging crises in the world.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is one of the largest UN humanitarian agencies working to protect refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers, with an ultimate goal to preserve and safeguard the rights of people who have been forced to flee due to war and ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in a third country.
The UNHCR provides emergency assistance on the spot, such as shelter, household items, healthcare, food, clean water and similar. The agency also facilitates the process of sending refugees to third countries or returning them to their home when it is safe. During these situations, the UNHCR provides transportation, assistance and implements income-generating projects. The UNHCR also develop and conducts campaigns to raise public awareness about refugees and the challenges they face. UNHCR employs dedicated personnel in 134 countries worldwide, from major capitals to remote and dangerous locations. It works tirelessly across the African continent, to ensure that displaced people receive access to services such as health care and education.
The Spanish Red Cross is a humanitarian charity organization which is a member of the largest humanitarian network in the world, composed of 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation and Red Crescent Societies.
The Spanish Red Cross conducts many of its operations overseas, majority of which in Africa, supporting and accompanying people affected by disasters, conflicts, emergencies and climate change with an aim of stabilizing the situation, making it easier for them to rebuild their lives as soon as possible and without compromising their prospects for future development. The organization believes in comprehensive responses that make it easier for people, and the communities to which they belong, to lead a full life according to their needs and interests, promoting their capacities and their autonomy. The Spanish Red Cross works with other Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in other countries are to provide better services, reaching more people with a culture of transparency and integrity.
CRS is an international humanitarian aid organization representing the Catholic community in the US. It works in nearly 100 countries around the world to save, protect and transform lives of people in need, regardless of their race, religion or nationality. The organization implements development programs related to health, emergency response, HIV, agriculture, microfinance, peacebuilding and education. It promotes human development by fighting disease and poverty and responding to major emergencies.
As a part of their universal mission, CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and other organizations to assist people in need. CRS’s headquarters is located in Baltimore, Maryland in the US. Overseas, CRC’s offices are located in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization currently operates and implements projects in 41 African countries.