Clusters are groups of humanitarian organizations (UN agencies, funds, programmes and organizations as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations) working in the main sectors of humanitarian action. Clusters provide comprehensive responses to humanitarian needs and coordinate numerous actors operating in the same sector. They are a clear point of contact when national authorities need coordination support. Clusters create partnerships between international humanitarian actors, national and local authorities, and civil society.
In Somalia, seven clusters are working in the sectors of food security, education, health, protection, logistics, nutrition, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Together with the Humanitarian Country Team, the UNCT oversee the work of the clusters to maintain accountability and coherent responses in our humanitarian activities. The clusters hold regular consultations on their work in Somalia, particularly on humanitarian response. The UN and partners are working to increase the capacity of clusters in Mogadishu, Somaliland and Puntland which to this day still rely heavily on their counterparts based in Nairobi.