USAID/DCHA/OFDA Regional Office for West and North Africa
USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provides immediate and comprehensive sub-regional coverage to disasters and humanitarian crisis in West and North Africa covering 24 countries.
Based in Dakar, Senegal, the West Africa Regional Office (WARO) is responsible for strategic humanitarian analysis, coordination of disaster management and response activities, as well as formulation of disaster preparedness, mitigation, and training programs in the WARO region. Such programs increase the capacity of host governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to respond and prepare for disasters in their countries. The office is headed by the Principal Regional Advisor who travels frequently in the region.
Since the office opened in January 2004, the PRA has led two Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs). In February 2004, a DART responded to the earthquake in Morocco, and in October/November 2004, a DART was deployed to assist in handling the locust infestations in the Sahel. The primary task of the Sahel DART was managing six spray aircraft that treated 382,850 hectares of infested fields and pasture in Senegal and Mauritania. The WARO staff is closely following the subsequent food security crisis in the Sahel, as well as actual and potential unrest in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Togo, and Guinea Bissau. USAID/OFDA provides funding, commodities, and logistical support to NGOs, IOs, and U.N. agencies to address humanitarian needs. Some of the major sectors in which USAID/OFDA regularly assists include water/sanitation, health and nutrition, food security, shelter, and logistics.
Countries covered by the WARO are the following: Algeria, Canary Islands, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia in North Africa; Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo in West Africa.