Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is responsible for leading and coordinating the U.S. government’s response to disasters overseas.

OFDA responds to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year to ensure aid reaches people affected by rapid-onset disasters—such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods—and slow-onset crises, including drought and conflict. OFDA fulfills its mandate of saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and reducing the social and economic impact of disasters worldwide in partnership with USAID functional and regional bureaus and other U.S. Government agencies.

OFDA experts worldwide and in D.C. help countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian crises. OFDA works with the international humanitarian community to give vulnerable populations resources to build resilience and strengthen their own ability to respond to emergencies.

Current projects

Support conflict-affected communities the most in need in and out of formal and informal displacement settings through coordination and delivery of essential, life-saving services

Providing a humanitarian response and strengthening community resilience with affected populations in Mopti and Gao regions

Response to the Essential Needs and Strengthening of the Resilience of vulnerable populations facing the Lake Chad Crisis, in the department of N’Guigmi, Diffa Region

Strengthening community resilience through an integrated and multi-sectorial intervention in conflict-affected regions of Menaka and Gao

Providing a humanitarian response and strengthening community resilience with affected populations in Mopti and Gao regions

Evidence-based planning and programming for humanitarian actors in Syria

Emergency preventive response for vulnerable displaced, returnee and host households in South-East and North-East of CAR against Covid-19 pandemic

Mitigating COVID-19 related risks and responding to the needs of conflict-affected populations in Syria

Towards emergency response and early recovery in the Somali region of Ethiopia (TERRE)

Building Resilient and Integrated Communities (BRIC)- An integrated emergency assistance to conflict-affected returnees, host communities, and IDPs in the ‘humanitarian deserts’

Back Home – Supporting the return of vulnerable IDPs through integrated support after widespread destruction

Emergency multisectoral response in food assistance and non-food items to displaced and returnees in South Kivu and Maniema Provinces

Response to basic needs and strengthening resilience of vulnerable populations facing the Lake Chad Crisis (N’Guigmi, Diffa)

Integrated WASH, shelter, CCCM and information management support to improve living conditions of drought affected rural and IDP populations in Somalia

Reducing Disaster Risk Vulnerability in Eastern Ukraine

Emergency response to the essential needs of vulnerable populations

Providing a multi-sectoral area-based humanitarian response to vulnerable populations in Ninewa governorate, Iraq

Reducing Disaster Risk Vulnerability in Eastern Ukraine

Emergency response to the essential needs of vulnerable populations in Niger

Towards Holistic Response and Recovery in Vulnerable Environments of Samburu (THRIVES)

Humanitarian Situation and Needs Monitoring in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

Humanitarian Situation and Needs Monitoring in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

Humanitarian Situation and Needs Monitoring in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

Responding to shelter and WASH needs of returnees, conflict, and disaster affected populations, whilst increasing evidence based humanitarian programming in Afghanistan

Improving the early recovery through agricultural and food security, shelter and WASH to highly vulnerable populations, especially returnees (Pool department)

Strengthening community resilience through an integrated and multi-sectorial intervention in conflict-affected regions of Menaka and Gao

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