The planning and coordination of humanitarian response in DRC is based on many coordination mechanisms that are, in principle, open to all humanitarian organizations. Organizations that do not fall under the HAP usually participate in these mechanisms with an observer status.
The HC represents the humanitarian community vis-à-vis the Congolese Government, donors and the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO). The HC has a central role in humanitarian advocacy and financing efforts, and chairs the humanitarian Pooled Fund Board, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and the weekly Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) meetings.
Humanitarian Country Team
The HCT, under the HC’s leadership, comprises the heads of UN humanitarian agencies, UNDP, country directors of international NGOs and donor representatives. It meets on the first Wednesday of each month..
At the provincial level, the forums of the UN, NGOs and donors are known as the Provincial Inter-Agency Committees (CPIAs). They are the local equivalent of the HCT. CPIA meetings are organized and chaired by OCHA.
Humanitarian Advisory Group
The HAG is chaired by the HC and supported by OCHA. It meets in Kinshasa every Friday. It is attended by donors, UN agencies and NGOs.
The HAG initially functioned as a CPIA. However, it now fulfils a platform for information exchange, while also identifying subjects that require advocacy at the highest levels and formulating recommendations for follow up with the HCT. At the provincial level, OCHA field offices also organize a weekly information exchange meeting every Friday, which is equivalent to the HAG meeting.
The national inter-cluster Group, chaired by OCHA Kinshasa, enables coordination between the clusters, which is necessary due to the multi-sectoral nature of the required response. It looks at complementarities to avoid gaps and duplications. Convened every two weeks, it groups the different cluster coordinators and their NGO co-facilitators, proposes humanitarian interventions and implements the decisions of the HCT.