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close this bookCoordinating Among International Organizations in Complex Emergencies (Draft 1st Edition) (Complex Emergency Training Initiative - Disaster Management Training Programme, 77 p.)
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View the documentGovernment and local authorities
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View the documentNGO coordinating bodies
View the documentDonor coordinating bodies
View the documentDHA/DPKO/DPA cooperation
View the document''Integrated Operations Center''
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This part of the module is designed to help you understand:

the various ways that coordination mechanisms are organized

the designation of coordination leadership

the responsibilities of the various members of a coordination mechanism


There is a wide range of situations requiring coordination of international response in emergencies, and a similarly wide range of approaches to achieve coordination. The coordination of international organizations will be significantly affected by the roles and relative strengths these organizations played before an emergency and by the particular manifestation of the international relief system that emerges in a complex emergency. Examples of coordination structures have included: 1) host government as lead agency, 2) UN organization as lead agency, 3) military operation with humanitarian assistance, and 4) no lead agency (decentralized leadership) plus specialized coordination groups such as an NGO consortium.

This section of the training module examines the various coordination mechanisms, bodies and structures that may be employed in complex emergencies.