Humanitarian Health Action

Operational guidance for cluster lead agencies on working with national authorities

Where possible and appropriate, Cluster Lead Agencies/clusters should work closely with national authorities in jointly developing priorities and strategies for the sector and on monitoring and follow-up to ensure that programmes and initiatives continue to meet changing needs. Wherever possible, agreement should be reached on either undertaking joint activities with national authorities or agreeing on separate but complementary activities with compatible standards and approaches.

Detailed guidance on the cluster approach is provided in the IASC Guidance Note on Using the Cluster Approach to Strengthen Humanitarian Response (November 2006). This guidance note should be read in conjunction with other relevant IASC guidance.