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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.)
View the document4. Session One: Learning objectives
View the document5. Definition of terms
View the document6. Characteristics of complex emergencies
View the document7. Many meanings of coordination
View the document8. Other key terms
View the document9. Coordination vs. Cooperation
View the document10. Objectives of coordination
View the document11. Some arguments against coordination
View the document12. Preconditions to coordination
View the document13. Other requirements for coordination
View the document14. The basic questions
View the document15. Variables affecting the answer
View the document16. The spectrum of coordination activities
View the document17. Information sharing activities
View the document18. Collaboration
View the document19. Collaboration activities
View the document20. Joint strategic planning and programming
View the document21. Joint strategic planning and programming activities
View the document22. Coordination techniques
View the document23. More coordination techniques
View the document24. Still more coordination techniques
View the document25. Overcoming barriers to inter-organizational coordination

6. Characteristics of complex emergencies


Use the overhead as a guide to work through a quick overview of some of the characteristics of complex emergencies. In each case discuss with participants the resulting constraints on humanitarian intervention on a point by point basis and the effect of these constraints on coordination.

substantial civilian casualties, displacement and suffering

need for substantial international assistance to complement local efforts

involvement of a substantial number and types of relief organizations

humanitarian assistance impeded, delayed, or prevented by politically or conflict motivated constraints

significant security risks for relief workers in some areas, and

the need for external political support and mediation to overcome obstacles to assistance, such as difficult access to those in need