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CCCM Cluster launches revised Camp Management Toolkit

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:25 Marjolein Roelandt

2015 follows some very challenging years in the history of humanitarian response. Multiple natural disasters and conflicts within and between states have continued to force people to flee across the world. In all displacement situations, people in flight need immediate protection and assistance related to physical security and basic lifesaving and social needs. Many have no other option than to gather spontaneously or to seek refuge in established camps. The response to all mass displacements must be and must remain an imperative and a collective effort!

Simultaneous L3 category emergencies (the United Nations classification for the most severe large-scale humanitarian crises) have brought demanding challenges to all actors involved in humanitarian response. It is the responsibility of national authorities and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster or Sector Lead Agency, in coordination with the Camp Management Agency and stakeholders at the camp level, to ensure that the rights of all displaced persons are respected and that their needs are met in a dignified manner, according to internationally recognised laws and standards.

The 2015 edition of the Camp Management Toolkit represents the most comprehensive guidance for those engaged in camp-based responses to displacement. Stressing the inter-sectoral nature of the responses, it highlights recent knowledge to better protect and meet the needs of displaced populations in camp settings. The 2015 edition is based upon solid experience built over the years and feedback provided from dedicated stakeholders at all levels. “Enhancing Coordination of Camp Management and Camp Coordination Interventions in Emergencies”, a project generously funded by the European Commission’s DG-ECHO and the Global Cluster, made the 2015 edition of the Camp Management Toolkit possible. This project has helped the CCCM Cluster to strengthen coordination and response between cluster partners such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), both globally and in the field. This project has also provided training, improved cluster surge response capacity and built and updated various tools, including information management systems. All activities have aimed to ensure more efficient humanitarian protection and assistance and better living conditions for displaced persons in camps.

It is with pride that we welcome this significant achievement. The 2015 Camp Management Toolkit provides relevant, accurate and constructive guidelines that will serve as a practical support to national authorities, national and international humanitarian actors, and IDPs and refugees involved in camp management.

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