ZIF hosts two OCHA workshops in Berlin: Humanitarian Programme Cycle and Community of Practice Event


From June 24 to 29, ZIF hosted two of UN OCHA`s Expert Workshops in Berlin: “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” and “Humanitarian Programme Cycle” (HPC).

The “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” on information management in humanitarian crises brought together 43 data experts from field operations and HQs from all over the globe. At a time when the demand for high quality data is greater than ever, the workshop allowed experts to work directly on improving data collection and evaluation in various humanitarian field operations and get to know different softwares for data evaluation. Another focus of the workshop this year was networking and strengthening of leadership- and management skills in the respective duty stations.

What was special about this year’s COPE workshop was the fact that for the first time all heads of information management units of OCHA offices in west and central Africa gathered in a separate meeting before the workshop and used the opportunity to discuss current challenges of the specific region in information management and find solutions together.

The “Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) Workshop” focused on needs assessment, planning and monitoring in humanitarian crises. The 44 participants from duty stations all over the world also discussed possibilities to connect humanitarian work and development work. Another important topic was the integration of development actors such as the World Bank into humanitarian work. The intention of this event is to create “best practices” for the humanitarian community that can be incorporated in the policy and technical operating procedures of OCHA offices and the humanitarian system at large.

The fact that both workshops took place at the same time generated a unique possibility of networking for the participants: On 28th June, the moderators of both courses held a joint workshop for all the altogether 87 participants. In the afternoon, Mrs. Ursula Müller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at OCHA, visited the joint workshop, which gave the OCHA employees the possibility to discuss current work-related issues with her.

The COPE and HPC participants could not only discuss questions on data collection and evaluation, but also learn from each other’s expertise and establish contacts, which will prove to be useful and important in future work. The participants have perceived the joint workshop day as very profitable.

Since 2011 ZIF has been a cooperation partner of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Through its support of Expert Workshops conducted by OCHA, ZIF contributes to improving the efficiency of the international response to complex humanitarian emergencies. Since its beginning, the cooperation between UN-OCHA and ZIF has been politically and financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.