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Atelier : Humanitarian Coordination

Intervenante : Mariana Leiva Ponce de Leon

Semestre : Premier Semestre

Prérequis : X

Description du cours : Humanitarian coordination is critical to the success of the humanitarian response. In most crises, many organizations intervene to provide support in the same area. In these circumstances, coordination allows all actors to gain a better understanding of the situation and share effective practices. It helps to avoid gaps in assistance and unnecessary duplication. However, coordination does not happen automatically; it involves the establishment of a system of consultation that includes all humanitarian actors. Humanitarian coordination thus consists of bringing humanitarian actors together to ensure a coherent and principled response to emergency situations. This coordination aims to improve the effectiveness of the humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership among all actors  This workshop aims to provide students with a first overview of the different coordination mechanisms that exist on the ground when responding to a humanitarian crisis.


Objectif du cours

1. Knowledge of the different coordination mechanisms available at the national and global levels (cluster system in particular)

2. Knowledge of key actors at the national level and their main roles within coordination mechanisms

3. Analysis of opportunities and challenges for NGOs to engage in coordination mechanisms at the national level

4. Knowledge of sources of information on coordination structures at national and regional levels

Méthode pédagogique : The workshop will be a combination of lectures and role play activities where students will be presented with a humanitarian crisis as case study and will play the role of NGO responding to the crisis by groups of 4. The coordination mechanisms will be put to practice in cluster meetings simulations.


Évaluation éventuelle : X



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Article : Coordinating the earthquake response: lessons from Leogane, western Haiti, S. JULMY, Humanitarian exchange magazine, February 2011.

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