The Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster held its annual retreat on 27-28 September 2017, bringing together representatives from 26 organizations, governments and missions. The Retreat offered an opportunity to share achievements, best practices and current projects in order to plan the way forward for the cluster in 2018, as well as discuss matters of camp management and coordination among practitioners.
The first half of Day 1 was dedicated to providing an overview of the changing CCCM context and environment, as well as showcasing projects demonstrating best practice in coordination, accountability and participation.
Today’s CCCM responses are becoming more and more complex and the number of thematic areas involved in camp management increasing. An ever more complex response environment means that the displacement triggers and contexts rarely fall into one category, e.g. conflict or natural disaster and therefore our approach to the CCCM sector must account for this. Localization is key to effective sustainability of camp management and requires improving engagement with civil society, volunteer organisations, local governmental structures and communitybased organisations, in an effort to bring about more predictable and coordinated localized responses, particularly in high-risk and access-restricted contexts.
The afternoon of Day 1 saw an introduction of different approaches to the setting of humanitarian standards, as well as a first consultation session on the proposed CCCM Companion document to the Sphere Handbook.
During the Companion review, the participants at the retreat were encouraged to sign up to the CCCM Sphere Companion reference group that will reflect upon the discussions during the consultation and guide the process moving forward.
Day 2 opened with a 1-year-after update on the Grand Bargain commitments and the latest developments in the inter-agency environment, with particular focus on how this will affect Global CCCM Cluster and practitioners in the field. The humanitarian community is facing decreasing levels of funding and will therefore have to further increase its already ongoing efforts to work towards collaborative outcomes - decreasing overlap and improving efficiency of response. These updates were followed up by discussions with representatives from the global clusters and AORs, who were invited to share best practices on collaborative, multi-sectorial projects to address gaps on the ground, and collectively explore the roles of camp managers in these settings.
The Global CCCM Strategic Advisory Group then reported back to the cluster members on their achievements, challenges and highlights; as well as endorsed ACTED and DRC for re-election to the SAG on a two-year term.
The final session of the two-day event pulled together inputs and recommendations from participants for the Global CCCM Cluster and SAG. Participants gave input on priorities for the Global Cluster for 2018 in correlation to the Global CCCM Strategy 2017-2021 four core strategic objectives.
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