Guidance Note on Inter-cluster Early Recovery, January 2016

This Guidance is not intended as a step-by-step manual on how to develop and implement Early Recovery projects or on how to coordinate a cluster.

More information on projects and the cluster can be found in agency training and cluster coordination manuals – references at the end of this guidance.

Successful practices for the integration of Early Recovery in humanitarian response are found to be context specific, with key variables depending inter alia on: the type of crisis, the capacity and leadership role played by clusters and governments, the existing resilience of affected communities, and the pre-crisis engagement of the international community.

Early Recovery approaches and programming are equally applicable to all levels and to all types of humanitarian crisis response, albeit with different emphases in different types of emergencies or contexts.

Every emergency response, whether in sudden and slow onset, protracted, disaster or conflict contexts, can be conducted in a way to promote national capacities rather than undermining them, even if the context means that working with the government may not be appropriate in all situations. For instance, building the capacity of non-state actors may be important in contexts where the government is not able to, or is focused on responding to affected communities’ needs.