UNICEF brings a practical approach to quality and accountability at cluster and collective level

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Following an invitation from UNICEF in late 2015, the CHS Alliance has joined the steering committee for an OFDA funded project aiming to promote better integration of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and more people-centred approaches to humanitarian actions in the work of global and country clusters and other coordination mechanisms.

The project acknowledges that clusters are a key platform for aid providers to collectively share information, develop common strategies and plans, and assess and monitor how well needs are being addressed across the crisis. As such, they can play a critical role in promoting and consolidating good practices in quality and accountability and ensuring responses place people at the centre of humanitarian actions. However, there are still few tools and experiences on how to integrate AAP into the work of clusters and coordination mechanisms. The project aims therefore to address this gap by identifying and promoting practical measures to improve quality and accountability in UNICEF-led and co-led clusters and Areas of Responsibility (AoRs), and sharing the lessons widely across the sector.

For more information on the project, please email Philip Tamminga ( or María Luisa Olavarria (