In the following interview, Chiara Nava, AVSI Humanitarian and Nutrition Advisor, talks about the Global Nutrition Cluster and how important it is for AVSI to become a partner:
What is the Global Nutrition Cluster and how does it operate in emergency situations?
The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) is a partnership that includes international NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UN organizations, donors and individuals and is based on the principles of equality, transparency, responsibility and complementarity.The vision of the GNC is to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely and effective and at scale. The GNC works with national clusters in both sudden onset disasters, whether due to natural or human causes, and protracted crises. Effective coordination is only possible through close cooperation with partner organizations. The GNC provides guidance and tools for each country to support a response that is timely, predictable, effective and at scale. The GNC supports country coordination in strategic decision-making, planning and strategy development, capacity building for coordination and information and knowledge management, advocacy, monitoring and reporting, and contingency planning/preparedness.
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