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In the humanitarian sector these types of relationships are common between local and national governments, NGO’s, relief organisations and more recently commercial organisations on with the corporate social responsibility fulfilmentpart of the private sector.

Objectives/Expected Results


Humanitarian partnerships are critical for effective emergency response as no single individual or group is capable of sufficiently responding to any crisis. Collaboration, consultation, building local knowledge and capacity strengthens preparedness and response to disasters of any type. Ignoring local capacity and local knowledge creates a risk of responding in ways that are inefficient and ineffective and which contribute to future dependencies and vulnerabilities.

Additional Information

  • IASC Guidance Note on Using the Cluster Approach to Strengthen Humanitarian Response, and Generic Terms of Reference for Sector/Cluster Leads at the Country Level, 24 November 2006.
  • Enhancing the Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action: A Dialogue between UN and non-UN Humanitarian Organizations, Overview of Consolidated NGO Views, 10 July 2006. See this link Link
  • Global Humanitarian Platform Principles of Partnership: A Statement of Commitment, Endorsed by the Global Humanitarian Platform, 12 July 2007.For more information, click here.