Why is this important?
The “OCHA Donor Support Group” (ODSG) was established in 1998 by a small group of donors of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Having grown since, it now brings together 27 top OCHA donors in a unique informal constellation. It serves as a "sounding board" and a source of advice on policy, management, budgetary and financial questions. The ODSG also handles key policy issues around the humanitarian system and its coordination.
What are we doing?
From July 2013 to June 2014, the EU chaired the OCHA Donor Support Group through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), with the motto: "Acting together for those in need".
Building on the work of the previous ODSG chairs, Norway and Germany, ECHO elaborated a Work Plan focusing on strengthening OCHA's field performance by looking at specific country cases and linking to the broader humanitarian reform agenda. It also focused on building up partnerships and outreach with non-ODSG members, including regional organisations. Furthermore during the chair period, a first review of the implementation of OCHA's new Strategic Framework for 2014-2017 took place along with the preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit.
Finally, the previous, current and future chairs form the ODSG 'troika', which has the role of liaising on behalf of donors with OCHA throughout the year. Currently the troika is made up of Germany, the EU and Denmark.