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

From an extra to a must: mainstreaming multi-sector needs assessments to inform HNO/HRP Processes Across Humanitarian Crises

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

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

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’

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

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

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