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Last edited: July 03, 2013

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  • Non-cluster contexts do not have a designated provider of last resort, but actors can follow the IASC GBV Guidelines to determine the best coordination approach.
  • Typically, according to the IASC GBV Guidelines, there will be a group of organizations engaged in coordination of humanitarian response, with one organization or individual providing overall coordination and leadership.  In refugee contexts, the designated lead UN agency is UNHCR. 
  • This coordinating group and/or its leadership should work with relevant partners (GBV specialists, gender specialists, government partners, people of concern, etc.) to:
    • Establish inter-organizational, multi-sectoral GBV working groups at the national, regional and local levels, made up of GBV focal points and any other key multi-sectoral actors from the community, government, UN, international and local NGOs, donors, etc.
    • The national-level GBV working group should select a coordinating agency(ies)—preferably two organizations working in a collaborative arrangement. The organizations could be UN, international or local NGOs, or other representative bodies invested with due authority.
    • The national coordinating agency(ies) is/are responsible for ensuring that the actions described in the IASC GBV Guidelines are carried out at the national, regional and local levels.
    • The coordinating agency(ies) is/are further responsible for ensuring that the key activities described in this handbook are implemented.
  • As with cluster contexts, any emergency coordination in non-cluster contexts should always attempt to build on pre-existing, inter-agency GBV coordination mechanisms (and/or work with pre-existing gender theme groups).