Inter-cluster Coordination: Breaking Down Silos

Post date Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 10:23

The Global Cluster Coordinators' Group (GCCG) is pleased to invite you to the first introductory webinar of the series called:

Inter-cluster Coordination: Breaking Down Silos 

The role of the inter-cluster coordination group is critical to ensuring a coherent and joined up response across different sectors.  Under the guidance of the HC/HCT, inter-cluster coordination groups have responsibility for supporting cross-sectoral operational and technical coordination and helping ensure an effective response throughout every stage of the program cycle.  But how effective are inter-cluster coordination groups in fulfilling their functions?  Are they achieving joined up analysis and planning? Or are clusters still operating largely in silos?   

The Global Cluster Coordinators Group is comprised of the Global Cluster Coordinators and OCHA and are working collaboratively at the global level to help break down silos between clusters and make inter-cluster coordination more effective and responsive to the needs of the HCT, cluster partners and ultimately to people living in crisis settings. The GCCG is launching a webinar series, accompanied by tip sheets, focusing on critical areas of inter-cluster coordination, such as protection mainstreaming and joint analysis. The objective is to share best practices, lessons learned and to hear from field colleagues about what is working well on inter-cluster coordination and what needs to improve. 

The first in the series will be focused on general inter-cluster coordination issues. 


Cyril Ferrand

      Global Food Security Cluster Coordinator


Paul Handley

Head of Office, OCHA Ethiopia


Samson Desie

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator-Somalia


Facilitated by Loretta Hieber Girardet

Chief, Inter-cluster Coordination Section, OCHA Geneva

Panelists will offer good practices and helpful approaches that lead to an improvement in inter-cluster coordination; provide practical examples on how to overcome challenges, and outline the practical steps inter-cluster coordinators, cluster coordinators and key partners can take to better plan and implement together. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences in inter-cluster coordination. 

Thursday 30th March, 2017 New York 09:30 Geneva 15:30 Amman 15:30 Khartoum 16:30 Nairobi 16:30 Islamabad 19:30

Register here                    

The Inter-cluster Coordination: Breaking Down Silos webinar series aims to provide a platform for good practice and great ideas on how to make coordination better can be shared widely amongst inter-cluster coordination group members, cluster members, and humanitarian operational actors.  The webinar series invites current field-based cluster coordinators and inter-cluster coordinators together with a Global Cluster Coordinator to provide practical, constructive suggestions around a range of ICC topics that can be taken back and applied in daily coordination work. 

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Questions are welcome in advance of the webinar 

You can e-mail questions to Ali Gokpinar ( before the webinar or submit them to the presenters live, via the chat function. 

All documents relevant to this webinar and a recording of the event will be shared on Webex.