UN OCHA Workshop on the "Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC)" from 30 June to 5 July 2019 in Berlin


Needs analysis, strategic planning, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring, operational peer review and evaluation, and again needs analysis, strategic planning... Humanitarian activities are always carried out with the help of a coordinated sequence of measures, so that the preparation, management and implementation of projects are well coordinated, logically built on each other and can constantly be improved. What looks easy and vivid in a graphic is in reality a very complex interaction of trained experts, effective emergency preparedness, excellent coordination with national and local authorities and humanitarian actors, as well as effective information management.

But it is not only humanitarian activities that are to be improved again and again with the help of the cycle - the procedures within the HPC have also recently been revised: The updated cycle addresses the problem that previous sectoral analyses and response approaches, which are intended to contribute to an overall picture of the crisis situation and the resulting response planning, do not provide an appropriate holistic understanding of the links between needs, causes and effective response. The new HPC requires a wider and deeper analysis of the needs as well as the effectiveness of actions which are carried out jointly with partner organizations.

During the HPC workshop hosted by ZIF and conducted by UN OCHA from 30 June to 5 July 2019, a total of 45 participants had the opportunity to exchange views on this revised approach and contribute to its further development. Humanitarian Affairs Officers (HAO), Information Management Officers (IMO) and deputy heads of field offices from all over the world travelled to Berlin to deepen their knowledge in the five HPC steps and to learn about the alterations.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) is responsible for the effective coordination of humanitarian assistance in countries which are e.g. affected by war, refugee crises or natural disasters.

Since 2011, ZIF, politically and financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, has been working with OCHA within the framework of the Stand-By Partnership (SBP). The program contributes to ensuring the coordination of crisis operations through the short-term provision and training of qualified experts. Through various cooperation activities with OCHA, ZIF contributes to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of international humanitarian aid in complex crisis situations.

Learn more about HNOs and HRPs, the new approach of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and the work of UN OCHA here.