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The Global Cluster Coordinators Group (GCCG) undertakes a number of initiatives to support clusters in the field.

1. Coordination Description Mapping

The GCCG rolled out the Coordination Description Mapping in 2016. The aim of the CDM is to provide an outline of coordination arrangements in the field and to present information on cluster management structure and the standard deliverables of country clusters and sectors as well as inter-cluster coordination mechanisms. The mapping information will be used to identify trends and gaps in cluster coordination management as well as specific cluster deliverables and should assist in informing global level support to coordination arrangements in the field.

In 2016, CDM was completed in the following 27 countries in most of which clusters are activated; Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, CAR, DRC, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, OPT, Pacific, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria (Damascus based coordination), Turkey (for Syria response), Ukraine and Yemen .

Please find the CDM 2016 report here.

The 2017 CDM is in progress and will be published in coming months.

. Breaking Silos Webinar Series

The Inter-cluster Coordination: Breaking Down Silos webinar series aims to provide a platform for good practice and great ideas on how to make coordination better and share these ideas and practices widely amongst inter-cluster coordination group members, cluster members, and the humanitarian community. The webinar series invites current field based cluster coordinators, inter-cluster coordinators, NGOs, together with a Global Cluster Coordinator to provide practical, constructive suggestions around a range of topics that can be applied in daily coordination work.

Inter-cluster Coordination: Breaking Down Silos, 30 March 2017

The role of the inter-cluster coordination group is critical to ensuring a coherent and joined up response across different sectors. Under the guidance of the HC/HCT, inter-cluster coordination groups have responsibility for supporting cross-sectoral operational and technical coordination and helping ensure an effective response throughout every stage of the program cycle. But how effective are inter-cluster coordination groups in fulfilling their functions? Are they achieving joined-up analysis and planning? Or are clusters still operating largely in silos?

The Global Cluster Coordinators Group is comprised of the Global Cluster Coordinators and OCHA and are working collaboratively at the global level to help break down silos between clusters and make inter-cluster coordination more effective and responsive to the needs of the HCT, cluster partners and ultimately to people living in crisis settings. The GCCG is launching a webinar series, accompanied by tip sheets, focusing on critical areas of inter-cluster coordination, such as protection mainstreaming and joint analysis. The objective is to share best practices, lessons learned and to hear from field colleagues about what is working well on inter-cluster coordination and what needs to improve.

The first in the series will be focused on general inter-cluster coordination issues.

Panelists will offer good practices and helpful approaches that lead to an improvement in inter-cluster coordination; provide practical examples on how to overcome challenges, and outline the practical steps inter-cluster coordinators, cluster coordinators and key partners can take to better plan and implement together. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences in inter-cluster coordination.

Please find a recording of the webinar here

Please find a tip sheet based on the webinar here

  • Good Practices and Tips from the Field on Working with National and Local Actors- 23 May 2017

Taking forward the commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit on reinforcing national capacity, a webinar was held on 23 May 2017 to explore practical steps that can be taken by OCHA, Clusters and INGOs to strengthen the role of national actors in humanitarian coordination and response.

The following themes were addressed during the webinar:

  • Strengthening the role of national authorities
  • Strengthening the voice of national NGOs in coordination
  • Enhancing the role of NGOs in Clusters
  • Leveraging resources and strengthening the capacity of national NGOs.

Please find a recording of the webinar here and here.

Please find a tip sheet based on the webinar here.

3. Inter-cluster Coordination Group Generic ToRs

This standard Terms of Reference (ToR) for humanitarian inter-cluster coordination groups (ICCG) in the field defines the purpose and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the national level ICCG and sub-national coordination groups which work on an inter-cluster/sector or inter-agency basis , including the expected contributions of cluster and inter-cluster coordinators. Inter-cluster coordination groups in the field should use the ToR as a basis for developing a work plan adapted to the context and with prioritised activities. The ToR builds on the IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination (2015), in particular the sections on cluster and inter-cluster coordination. It also draws on lessons learned and best practice from over ten years of the cluster approach in humanitarian contexts. The ToR should be used in conjunction with Standard ToR for Humanitarian Country Teams (HCT).

Please see the ToRs in English here and in French here.

The Global Cluster Coordinators Group also organized a webinar to discuss this ToRs. A recording of the webinar can be found here.