Strategic Goal 10: Humanitarian Response - Public Benefit, Selected Performance Trends, and Strategic Context

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003

I. Public Benefit

Photo showing people clearing the debris of the April 2, 2003 landslide that killed 14 people in the gold mining town of Chima, Bolivia.

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

Square Meters of Land Cleared of Mines in U.S. Program Countries (Annually in Millions)
  Result Target
2000 2001 2002 2003 2003
Land Cleared of Mines 7 211 83 103 72


Number of Countries in Sustainment or End State for Demining (Cumulative)
  Result Target
2000 2001 2002 2003 2003
Countries 5 7 9 19 13


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.

(Components that Contribute to Goal Accomplishment)
Performance Goal
(Short Title)
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

International Organizations

USAID, NOAA, FEMA, other USG agencies, United Nations organizations, NGOs, media, universities, local governments, private industry