The OCHA Regional Office for the Caucasus and Central Asia (ROCCA) is based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In addition to Tajikistan, the office covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. ROCCA’s region combined population is 77.5 million people and a land mass larger than Western Europe.

OCHA improves levels of preparedness through early warning and contingency planning, ensuring the inclusion of all relevant key partners. OCHA makes sure that Governments, civil society and international actors are well prepared, so that in the face of slow- or sudden-onset emergencies, the entire humanitarian community joins efforts to assist affected people.

In slow- or sudden-onset disasters or crises, OCHA provides specialized support to country offices and partners within its areas of expertise, including surge teams, emergency response coordination, information management, advocacy and resource mobilization.

In Tajikistan, OCHA supports the humanitarian community through its National Disaster Response Adviser, based in the capital, Dushanbe. The adviser coordinates joint humanitarian activities, including needs-assessment missions, and leads inter-cluster coordination.

In 2013, ROCCA works in the following priority areas:

Preparedness, early warning and contingency planning

  • Enhance capacity to analyse vulnerability and evaluate risk factors in the region.
  • Promote inter-agency action, foster strong partnerships and raise awareness of disaster preparedness.
  • Support capacity-building, disaster preparedness and emergency response among humanitarian actors and with Governments in the most vulnerable countries.

Support to emergency response

  • Ensure the first line of response through immediate surge to slow- and sudden-onset disasters in the region.
  • Provide specialized support to OCHA country offices, Humanitarian Country Teams, UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in areas of OCHA expertise, such as the Consolidated Appeals Process, the Central Emergency Response Fund, humanitarian advocacy and contingency planning.

Development of regional coordination networks

  • Enhance a regional coordinated approach in collaboration with humanitarian actors, regional organizations and Member States.
  • Develop consistent, long-term strategies towards partnerships in the region involving key inter-governmental organizations, emerging donors and Member States.
  • Together with humanitarian partners in the region, promote humanitarian principles, improve humanitarian space and increase Member States’ participation in humanitarian response.

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