Facilitating Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Democratic Republic of Congo

From 11 to 15 April, OCHA conducted a Technical Support Mission in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is the operational hub of humanitarian and military interaction in the east of the country. The Mission organized a series of workshops in Goma, which catered to the humanitarian community and key representatives from the military, police and civilian sections of the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).The workshops used the 2014 National Guidelines for the Coordination between Humanitarian Actors and MONUSCO as the key reference document in examining context-specific challenges on humanitarian-civil-military coordination.

The frank and open discussions enabled the participants to develop practical approaches in dealing with operational challenges while maintaining respect for organizational mandates. Participants were made aware of their potential contributions to the effective implementation of the national guidelines and, in the process, strengthened the local network. An additional operational benefit, which was much appreciated by the participants, was the development of practical ‘top tips’ for the implementation of national guidelines. They were crafted alongside the identification of key priority CMCoord activities to be undertaken by the OCHA Country Office in the next 12 months.

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