InterAction has released a new report entitled: "Collective Responsibility: The Perceptions, Expectations and Realities of NGO Coordination in Humanitarian Leadership".
The culmination of several months of qualitative research aimed at exploring the NGO role within humanitarian leadership, specifically Humanitarian Country Teams, the report highlights inconsistencies in understanding and attitude among HCT participants. All respondents agree that NGOs bring a specific value-added to discussions and decisions, yet this finding is contrasted by a perceived inequality of NGOs to other members of the HCT.
Respondents noted the importance of flexibility in the HCT's strategy and membership. Though being responsive to a context is not an excuse for a lack of clarity in a common agreed purpose, understood roles and decision-making authorities.
A more professional well-informed representation of constituents, be they other agencies or clusters, is also noted as an area requiring our attention and improvements.
The report contains recommendations for numerous stakeholders, demonstrating the collective responsibility that we share in achieving a coordinated humanitarian response.