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Engaging with Clusters: Empowering and learning from local organisations

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2015

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HPN, Humanitarian Practice Network,ODI, Overseas Development Institute

Shortly after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, the author was employed as an advisor by a long-standing national NGO based in Cebu city, which in turn worked with a number of community-based organisations in Cebu Island, Bohol Island and the wider Tacloban region. The NGO, which went on to receive close to $1 million in funding for relief activities, wanted professional guidance to ensure that it was applying good principles in its work in the food, non-food, shelter and health sectors. This article is based on observations of the experiences of these local organisations as they attempted to engage with various clusters.

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