Geographic focus: Arabic speaking world but also including countries outside the region in which Arabic humanitarian organizations are operating (e.g.: Myanmar and Mali). The main target is countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Thematic areas: The portal focuses on issues related to humanitarian response. Organizations are able to upload materials, such as humanitarian news, project reports, research papers, needs assessments, evaluations, funding updates, humanitarian country profile etc.
Steps/stages in practical application:
The idea for the Portal stemmed from the gap that exists between what international organizations publish on humanitarian emergencies and the information produced in the Arab World. This information gap encouraged a network of 10 organizations, led by the OCHA Gulf Liaison Office, to create the Arab Humanitarian Portal. The aim of the portal is to compile and centralize humanitarian information products and to be a platform that can promote dialogue and improve the flow of information between humanitarian organizations.
The site is currently being hosted by OCHA on behalf of the Humanitarian Information Network.
Results to Date:
"Arabhum" is available in Arabic and English and is currently being populated with news, maps, training manuals, up-coming events information and employment opportunities. The initiative was launched in Kuwait on 1213- September 2012 and there are concerted efforts to promote the website and encourage organization in the region to submit material to be uploaded.
Countries that benefited: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.
The project benefits the Arab World in general but targets the above countries in the first phase.
Focal Point and Contact:
Majed Abu Kubi
Gulf Liaison Office
OCHA Gulf Office
P.O. Box: 114812
Al Mushraf, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
+971 (0)50 622 7472