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Afghanistan Coordination Architecture Review 2015 - Full Report and Annexes

A review of the humanitarian coordination architecture in Afghanistan, as well as an assessment of cluster coordination performance, was carried out between April and September of 2015. Cluster coordinators, cluster lead agencies, cluster members, donors, Government representatives and OCHA field coordination staff were invited to respond to a series of surveys on the fitness and appropriateness of the current coordination set up. The review sought to inform the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) regarding the current levels and effectiveness of coordination at the national and sub‐ national level and between the two, the scope for alternative coordination mechanisms, and the level of engagement with, and capacity of, national authorities to assume greater humanitarian coordination functions.

The Coordination Architecture Review is an assessment of whether the current coordination mechanisms in place are fit for purpose. It provides an opportunity for the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and HCT to strengthen the coordination set‐ up. The review is intended to consider issues in relation to the expansion, transition, de‐ activation and merging of clusters, or sectoral and other humanitarian coordination arrangements. The aim of the review is to inform decision making by the HC and HCT in regards to ensuring flexible and relevant coordination mechanisms are in place, tailored to operational requirements, and supportive of national coordination efforts.

  • Reflect on the review of the current coordination set‐up and solicit recommendations on adapting the architecture to fit the current context.
  • Explore opportunities for cluster transition and the capacity of national counterparts to fulfill a coordination role while maintaining the readiness of international actors in case of new emergencies.

The principal Afghanistan Coordination Architecture Final Report: Findings & Recommendations reviews the humanitarian coordination context in Afghanistan, along with national coordination capacity. Twenty key findings are presented as well as five concrete recommendations to take forward into 2016 and beyond. A checklist to monitor progress against the findings and recommendations will be produced in January 2016.

An extended version of the report is also available including all annexes of the various surveys, interviews, case studies and agency/cluster submissions to the Architecture Review.  

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
31 Dec 2015
Document type: 
Policy and Guidance
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination