1.2 Why humanitarian coordination is important

Humanitarian coordination is important because:

  • it enhances the effectiveness and impact of collective humanitarian efforts through ensuring common standards and approaches, prioritisation of needs, identification of gaps, and a stronger level of effort and peer accountability
  • it helps avoid duplication, burden on the affected population, and potential harm or ineffectiveness that can result if there is no coordination
  • demonstrated coordination is increasingly a criterion considered by donors for funding allocations, and is viewed as an indicator of a responsible and accountable organisation
  • the effectiveness of CARE’s own response can be more effective by tapping into the resources and knowledge of the broader humanitarian community.