Humanitarian NGO coordinating bodies or consortia are a part of the architecture in that, where they exist, they have a seat on the Humanitarian Country Team. Humanitarian NGO coordination, while recognized as an invaluable service to the broader humanitarian community, does not automatically occur in the same manner that other parts of the architecture are activated, such as a cluster. Often country-specific decisions play a role in determining how the NGO community should best represent itself.
Humanitarian NGO coordination frequently begins as a voluntary gathering of senior NGO leaders until funds can be raised for a formal secretariat.
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