The Operational Peer Review (OPR) mission took place in December 2015, and coincided with the deployment of a new Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator (HC/RC). The Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 identified 21.2 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, including over 14 million people in need of food, clean water and healthcare. The plan also referenced over 41 verified reports of human rights violations every day.

The OPR team was led by the P2P team (fomerly STAIT), with representatives from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, UNHCR, and WFP.

The team conducted meetings, workshops, and interviews with almost 200 people from the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), clusters, humanitarian actors, donors and national counterparts. The team engaged with representatives in Amman, Jordan, before proceeding to Sana’a, Yemen, and also skyped with the Area HCT in Hudaydeh. They engaged with people directly affected by the crisis.Together with the team, the HCT developed an action plan prioritising a number of steps including:

  • Immediate attention and support to extend the humanitarian footprint in order to deliver to more people in the highly insecure environment
  • The HCT to drive a clear vision on how to protect people affected by the conflict
  • More effective communication of the humanitarian story to the outside world to increase attention on the human suffering.

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