Strategic Goal 10: Humanitarian Response - Public Benefit, Selected Performance Trends, and Strategic Context
I. Public Benefit
People clear the debris of the April 2, 2003 landslide that killed 14 people in the gold mining town of Chima, Bolivia. The Department contributed emergency relief supplies including clean drinking water and temporary shelters. � AP Photo
The U.S. commitment to humanitarian response demonstrates America's compassion for victims of armed conflict, forced migration, human rights violations, widespread health and food insecurity, and other threats. The strength of this commitment derives from both our common humanity and our responsibility as a global leader. When responding to natural and human-made disasters, the United States complements efforts to promote democracy and human rights. In addition to saving lives and alleviating human suffering, humanitarian programs support the objectives of the U.S. National Security Strategy by addressing crises with potential regional (or even global) implications, fostering peace and stability, and promoting sustainable development and infrastructure revitalization.
The Department is a leader in international efforts to prevent and respond to humanitarian crises. It provides substantial resources and guidance through international and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for worldwide humanitarian programs, with the objective of increasing access to protection, promoting burden-sharing, and coordinating funding and implementation strategies. The Department urges and participates in multilateral responses to humanitarian crises, and regularly monitors and evaluates humanitarian programs to ensure that the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other conflict victims are met. The Department's financial support for demining activities makes areas safe for the return of refugees and IDPs. Its management and support of overseas refugee admissions programs provides an important durable solution for refugees, and serves as a leading model for other resettlement countries.
II. Selected Performance Trends
|Land Cleared of Mines||7||211||83||103||72|
III. Strategic Context
The Humanitarian Response strategic goal is supported by two performance goals. Shown below are the major initiatives/programs, bureaus and partners that contribute to accomplishment of the strategic goal.
|Initiative/Program||Lead Bureau(s)||External Partners|
|Assistance for Refugees and Other Victims||Refugee Assistance||Population, Refugees and Migration||UNHCR, UNRWA, ICRC, IOM, other international and nongovernmental organizations, USAID|
|Refugee Admissions to the United States||Population, Refugees and Migration||DHS, HHS, UNHCR, IOM, NGOs|
|Humanitarian Demining||Political-Military Affairs||USAID, DoD, NGOs|
|World Food Program Donor Base||International Organizations, Population, Refugees and Migration||USAID, WFP, other WFP donors|
Disaster Prevention and Response
Global Disaster Information Network
|USAID, NOAA, FEMA, other USG agencies, United Nations organizations, NGOs, media, universities, local governments, private industry|