Humanitarian Coordination and Information Management

Coordination with partners and information management are essential to a rapid and effective humanitarian response.
Coordination with partners and information management are essential to a rapid and effective humanitarian response.
Johs Pierce, USAID/OFDA

Humanitarian coordination and information management are crucial elements to a cohesive and effective disaster response. Humanitarian coordination helps bring together relevant national, regional, and international actors and ensure common understanding of the urgent needs and response gaps, while information management helps collect, process, and package data and information in a useful way for those involved in a response. Humanitarian coordination and information management activities include assessing situations and needs, developing common response strategies, and monitoring impact and outcomes of activities—all with the aim of ensuring greater predictability and accountability among humanitarian actors.

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the lead U.S. Government office for international disaster response, engages with non-governmental organizations, the UN, and other donors to support humanitarian coordination and information management during an emergency, including through the humanitarian cluster system, which comprises the coordinating bodies for humanitarian activities in a disaster-stricken country. In FY 2014, USAID/OFDA provided nearly $61 million worldwide for humanitarian coordination and information management programs. In addition to the projects highlighted below, USAID/OFDA supports activities by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance, the Assessment Capacities Project, the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, and others.

Last updated: October 28, 2014

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