What is a Cluster?

The cluster approach was established as part of the Humanitarian Reform (2005) in response to the identified need for improved accountability and effectiveness in global humanitarian coordination. Clusters are made up of UN and non-UN agencies with defined cluster lead organizations that are accountable for the delivery of adequate humanitarian programming within a key sector. The clusters function at global, regional and country levels where they are activated depending on humanitarian urgency. Each cluster is designated by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and has a clear mandate.

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