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Current donor strategies and practices with regard to the environment

The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit is currently carrying out a study which aims to analyse the issues involved in integrating environmental considerations in the humanitarian sector, review current practices and determine existing opportunities and constraints in order to define areas to prioritise. As part of this study, Groupe URD will be conducting analysis specifically focused on donor policy and funds allocated to the environment in the humanitarian field.

Since the humanitarian reform of 2005, the environment has been defined as a cross-cutting issue to be included in the cluster system. However, the IASC evaluation of the cluster approach revealed that this issue was not sufficiently included in humanitarian action despite wide recognition that environmental considerations contribute to the quality of programmes. The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit is currently carrying out a study which aims to: analyse the issues involved in integrating environmental considerations in the humanitarian sector; review current practices; and determine existing opportunities and constraints in order to define areas to prioritise.

As part of this study, Groupe URD will be analysing donor policies and the funds allocated to the environment in the humanitarian field.

To do this, a systematic review of strategy documents will be carried out in order to assess the level of integration of environmental issues. Funds allocated to the environment will also be analysed (using the databases of the OECD and OCHA’s Funding Tracking System) and interviews will be conducted. This will make it possible to evaluate the level of coherence between donor strategy and funds effectively allocated.

The study will therefore establish a detailed review of current donor strategies and practices, will promote innovative approaches like Environmental Markers, and will highlight the major challenges which remain (such as the fact that there are no mechanisms to monitor the funds allocated to the environment specifically for the humanitarian sector).