Humanitarian coordination

Aid workers in KenyaAid workers in Kenya  undertake logistics activities © UNHCR/B. Bannon.

The Cluster approach is designed to promote better coordination of humanitarian activities following a disaster. It was introduced in 2005 following the Asian tsunami to improve the predictability, timeliness and effectiveness of response to humanitarian crises.

The Cluster system is a way of coordinating the response of all organisations involved in an emergency in 11 identified sector areas including Emergency Shelter, Logistics, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Our role

We are involved with a number of different Clusters and recent initiatives include:

  • Project managing the selection and training of WASH Cluster Coordinators. We have run training courses in Geneva and Norway, as well as supporting regional courses in Kenya, Pakistan and Tunisia. We have set up a roster of WASH Cluster Coordinators that is now managed by UNICEF.
  • Producing a WASH Cluster Coordination Handbook, primarily for Cluster Coordinators but also for all people involved in the WASH Cluster.
  • Developing emergency WASH technical courses.The courses have been piloted in three regions for practitioners in the field.
  • Running technical and generalist Training of Trainer courses for Shelter specialists.
  • Delivering tri-cluster coordination training for the Health, Nutrition and WASH Clusters.
  • Running coordination training specifically for the Nutrition Cluster.

  • Delivering Humanitarian Practice training for transport professionals.
  • Developing and running Cluster Coordination training for the Global Education Cluster and producing a handbook for Coordinators.
Our unique position to contribute

Our extensive training experience and specialised Recruitment Service enables us to draw on a wealth of expertise from our extensive pool of Members and training consultants to provide first-rate support to the UN Cluster approach.

If you would like more information about our UN Cluster work, please contact our training team.