Coordination structures

States hold the primary responsibility to coordinate humanitarian relief within their borders (see National Disaster Response Management), and regional bodies such as the African Union or ASEAN may also coordinate responses that are regional in nature. Within the sector, at the global level the Inter-Agency Standing Committee sets key policy and priorities in the aim of coordinating the international response. At the intervention level, the responsibility for coordination of the international response falls upon the UN, and in particular the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and OCHA. The 2005 UN Reform Process and the 2011 Transformative Agenda both aimed to strengthen international coordination, and notably put in place the cluster system whereby sectoral responses (health, food security, protection, etc) are coordinated across a given crisis.
Journalists and others listening to local liaison officer working with Relief Hope Recovery (GOA), one of several partners of the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) at Rhino refugee settlement, Uganda.
Photo: EU/ECHO/Edward Echwalu

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