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close this bookCoordinating Among International Organizations in Complex Emergencies (Trainer's Guide, Draft 1st Edition) (Complex Emergency Training Initiative - Disaster Management Training Programme, 80 p.)
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Open this folder and view contentsWELCOME AND INTRODUCTION (15 minutes)
Open this folder and view contentsPART 1: COORDINATION: OBJECTIVES AND BEST PRACTICES FOR COMPLEX EMERGENCIES (90 minutes)
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The specifics

Materials you will need

This trainer’s guide, based on material in the Coordination Among International Organizations in Complex Emergencies module, provides you with overheads, exercises and summary information to enrich your teaching. Some additional items that you may want to prepare are:


Copies of the Coordination Among International Organizations in Complex Emergencies module for each participant. You may prefer to distribute these at the end of the session in order to keep the group more focused on the presentation.


A copy of the simulation package “Brickama Simulation: Coordination Among International Organizations in a Complex Emergency” which is printed under separate cover. This should be used for longer training events lasting one or two days.


Copies of other illustrative documents that you may have, e.g. news articles, case studies of current coordination issues, or other more general information on coordination, such as:

- Code of Conduct for the IFRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief

- Consolidated Appeal Process Guidelines

- ECOSOC Report on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Humanitarian Emergency Assistance of the United Nations

- General Assembly Resolutions 46/182 & 47/199

- Operational Guidelines for the Protection of Humanitarian Mandates in Conflict Situations, an annex to the paper “Protection of Humanitarian Mandates in Conflict Situations,” DHA. Rev. 13 April 1994,

- Task Force on Ethical and Legal Issues in Humanitarian Assistance, The Mohonk Criteria for Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies, World Conference on Religion and Peace, February, 1994.

- UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Handbook

- United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs, DHA Orientation Handbook on Complex Emergencies, New York, draft 1996.

- Wright, Neill and Steven Wolfson, A UNHCR Handbook for the Military on Humanitarian Operations,” UNHCR, Geneva, 1994.

- VIDEO: UNHCR, Working Together, 1995. (The video focuses on humanitarian agencies working with the military in refugee and displaced persons emergencies.)

Length of workshop

An estimate of the time needed to present all the material and complete the suggested exercises appears at the beginning of each section. The shortest presentation of all three parts included in this guide will require 4 hours - one morning or afternoon session with a 30 minute break between Parts 1 and 2. Additional exercises and ideas for facilitated discussion are included as options for trainers who may wish to hold longer events based on these materials (up to a two-day workshop).

Beginning the workshop

It is important to start the session with enthusiasm and to generate interest and involvement of the participants from the beginning. Introduce yourself and then the topic. You may want to say something about why the topic is of special interest or particular concern to you. You could offer an example of the importance of coordination and cooperation among organizations involved in complex emergencies. Plan some kind of interactive exercise or “icebreaker” for participants to meet each other and then introduce themselves or one another to the entire group. Quickly move into the presentation.