Strategic Planning and Resource Mobilization

CAP, CHAP or other common inter-cluster strategic planning and resource mobilization processes can seem extremely complex and daunting for Cluster Coordinators and Cluster partners, especially if in the midst of crisis or if undertaking this kind of analysis and planning for the first time. Here we have compiled a few key resources to review when you are beginning the strategic planning process.

A few tips when working on CAP, CHAP or other strategic planning processes:
• Use pre-existing EMIS or other education data as much as possible to give useful baselines or to infer prioritization of particular groups or geographic zones. You may find useful information on the UNESCO Institute of Statistics Site [LINK], but ideally your Ministry of Education should be able to provide some data.
• Use the INEE Minimum Standards as the framework or organizing principle for your plans. Not only will this ensure all domains of education in emergencies are considered, but it is a globally recognized tool that will lend credibility to your plans and provide a common language and reference document for your partners.
• Contact your OCHA Information Management Officers or Maps specialist and ask for help to create maps to illustrate your plan and support your prioritization – maps that indicate impact of disasters on education, levels of education pre-crisis overlaid with crisis data, cluster partner coverage, are all very useful and provide helpful visuals for donors and other external audiences.
• Amplify the voices of the community. Wherever possible gather the opinions of children, parents and teachers from the affected community. Almost always, education is a top priority and communities themselves will have resources to draw upon and ideas to strengthen your plans. As a compliment to needs assessment data, communicating direct quotes within the strategic plans or during presentations to donors can lend weight to your funding appeal and strengthen the case for education in emergencies as part of an accountable humanitarian response.
• Keep it simple. While much of the guidance surrounding these processes is complex and highly involved and implementation is often hugely challenging, education in emergencies interventions in acute emergencies do not have to be strategically complicated: providing safe spaces, providing teaching and learning materials, training teachers in psychosocial support and lifesaving messages on the basis of identified needs and key gap areas. Keeping your core plan and objectives strategic and focused will help when it comes to resource mobilization and communicating the work of the cluster.
• Engage with other Clusters. Education can be an entry point for the work of other clusters such as WASH, Child Protection, Health, Shelter and Nutrition. Making these linkages as part of the planning process, and building inter-cluster collaboration into strategic plans is mutually reinforcing and can strengthen the case for education to receive humanitarian funding.
• Do you have any lessons learned or tips to share? Send them to educationclusterunit@gmail.com so we can benefit from your experiences!

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October 27, 2015
The Cluster Coordination Reference Module is about the basics of cluster coordination. It has been compiled as a reference guide for practitioners to facilitate the work through which humanitarian outcomes can be improved. It outlines key concepts and draws attention to existing guidance. Topics include how clusters are activated and deactivated, management of and participation …
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September 24, 2015
Title: Conducting a Secondary Data Review to support the development of a Humanitarian Needs Overview with a focus on protracted crises. Date: Tuesday 8 September 2015 ACAPS provided technical support in delivering a webinar to guide cluster staff in how to aggregate and synthesise data from a number of sources to put together a robust …
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September 1, 2015
The MIRA guidance is part of the IASC Transformative Agenda (TA) Protocols. The TA recognizes the critical role of needs assessment (NA) as a basis for overall and cluster stategy development; agreed that NA should be well coordinsted, rapid and repeated/reviewed as necessary to reflect the changing dynamics, drivers and needs in each country and …
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March 31, 2014
This template is designed to help clusters think through the various information management requirements of each strategic decision and activity the cluster will undertake during the response. This template also contains an easy to use calendar for clusters to turn their strategic activity decision planner into an effective visual tool. The template may be adapted …
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January 30, 2014
Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is comprised of close to 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organizations, the private sector, teachers, and civil society/NGO groups. GPE supports developing country develop and implement sound education plans through technical guidance and financing. In 2012, GPE agreed a Funding Modality to support education in emergency …
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January 30, 2014
Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) mechanism began in 1997, and are intended to provide NGOs and UN agencies with rapid and flexible funding to address critical gaps in humanitarian emergencies. ERFs, sometime called Humanitarian Response Funds in some countries, are usually established to meet unforeseen needs not included in the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) or a …
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January 30, 2014
Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) are country-based pooled funds that provide early and predictable funding to NGOs and UN agencies responding to critical emergencies. Humanitarian Country Teams are able to disburse CHF resources to projects of highest priority as identified in a Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) or other humanitarian action plan. CHF funding decisions involve clusters …
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January 30, 2014
FLASH appeals are used for structuring a coordinated humanitarian response for the first three to six months of a sudden onset emergency. The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator triggers a flash appeal in consultation with all stakeholders. Ideally, a flash appeal should be issued within one week of an emergency. It provides a concise overview of urgent life-saving …
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January 30, 2014
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts. The CERF has a grant facility of US$450 million and a loan facility of $30 million. The CERF grant component has two …
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January 30, 2014
Major humanitarian crises and disasters require many aid agencies on the ground. To operate effectively, the agencies’ independence is critical. However, they also need to coordinate efforts to avoid gaps and duplication, focus on urgent needs, strategically address the crisis and work towards longer-term recovery. A common strategic approach is essential for an efficient response …
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