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could step into the Coordination and Camp Management Cluster focus.
won go to meetings anymore because I am in Haiti, and I can accept that foreigners are coordinating the Clusters, Mathieu told Haiti Grassroots Watch.
Sometimes that is because there is not a clear Haitian counterpart to a Cluster focus. For example, while the Ministry of Social Affairs does have a small housing agency, there is no of Housing. Nor is there a clear ministry that Converse Trainers Uk Womens
UN soldiers also restrict access and Haitians reported regularly being turned away.
But another might be the fact that many meetings are still held in English and at the Logbase, according to Pierre Gary Mathieru, director of the National Coordination for Food Security, which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture. Many of the documents produced by the Converse Modern High Top Clusters are also in English only.
The weeks and months ahead will tell if and how the planned integration and hand off will take place.
But in general, the transition over to ministries has been much slower in Haiti than than in other countries, van Dijk said.
The Cluster System was implemented beginning in 2009 by the UN Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), a UN coordination mechanism. In Haiti there are 12 Clusters which have about 40 to 60 agencies and NGOs in them. Base or Base near the airport. Now there are 40 to 50, mostly at the city and town level, with a national meeting once a week or once every two weeks. [Eg.: Meetings week of Oct 11 15]
Shelter Cluster meeting, from Shelter Cluster website
Van Dijk said the Clusters also share part of the blame.
Van Dijk said she and other Cluster staff know that the inclusion and eventual hand off of the Clusters to the relevant national agencies is important.
direct the intenational agencies and NGOs.
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are useful, they present people to share information, he added. the national government needs to take over now. recent memo that Haiti Grassroots Watch obtained indicates that there is some doubt the ministries are up to the task.
The document, titled "Draft Transitioning the clusters" and dated September 28 and apparently compiled or written by Inter Cluster Coordinator Tania Bernath, who works with van Dijk, runs through the 12 Clusters and makes assessments of the involvement of the relevant government ministry or agency.
Now, many Clusters hold meetings at the municipal level, but a review of meeting minutes posted online, and investigations in the field indicate that for most Clusters, the ministries or national agencies are not yet in charge.
The government seems to have a of understanding of cluster system across most clusters, the document notes and adds that there are examples of lack of coordination among and between government at different levels the Protection Cluster, which is related to human rights, there is little interaction with government structures. related to the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster (CCCM), there is a of national governmental involvement in cluster, the document notes.
One reason is magnitude of the catastrophe and the fact that of 11 ministries collapsed, she noted.
Mathieu agreed that the government didn have the capacity to coordinate all the agencies and NGOs right after the earthquake. But now, he said, time for the government to take charge Strategic decisions should be made by the state, and then the NGOs can follow that strategy. course, the government needs to step up the plate also, Mathieu noted.
very much want the Haitian government to be involved, she said.
The report noted that if it this been achieved in a more systematic manner, it would have significantly improved the humanitarian community understanding of the operating context, and contributed to a more sustainable provision of assistance, as well as local and national capacity building.
Instead, at the national level at least, the Haitian government has been slow to integrate the process.
realized that Log Base is like an island. It is very far, it very isolated, she said.
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When there is a humanitarian disaster, the UN activates the or groupings of agencies, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international organizations around a sector or service provided during a humanitarian crisis, according to the website for the UN Integrated Mission to Timor Leste.
But in Haiti has not been the case, according to Jolanda van Dijk, an "Inter Cluster Coordinator" who works for the Office of Humanitarian Affaires, OCHA.
Criticism from Mathieu and others echo earlier critiques which came from the very office that launched the Cluster System a year ago.
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