How are NGOs accountable within the humanitarian architecture?

NGOs have a range of accountabilities within the humanitarian architecture.

At the country level NGOs should:

  • Understand the humanitarian architecture in both theory as well as local practice.
  • Take the time to share major humanitarian decisions and discuss the strategic objectives of the response with partners and local community leaders.
  • Be engaged, pro-active and strategic in your interactions with the NGO consortia (if it exists) clusters, OCHA and the Humanitarian Country Team.
  • Devote time/human resources to co-lead a cluster at the national or sub-national level.
  • Utilize and contribute to collective resources such as humanitarianresponse.info

At the global level NGOs should:

  • Understand the humanitarian architecture in both theory as well as function in the country programs within your purview.
  • Bring field realities to policy discussions via the IASC task teams, reference groups, research institutes and the global NGO consortia.
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