Report of the Global Camp Coordination and Management Meeting 2020, November 02-12, 2020 – Worldwide
The annual Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) 2020 meeting was held online for 8 days between November 2 and 12, 2020. Hosted on Zoom, the interactive global meeting was designed to maximize opportunities a more inclusive and accessible online meeting. while working to minimize the impact that lack of in-person interactions can have. The meeting brought together over 400 participants from 75 NGOs, 11 government agencies and missions and 10 United Nations agencies to discuss and share experiences and best practices, and to participate in planning forward-looking priorities of the CCCM Cluster.
The eight global sessions brought collaboration and active participation from different technical sectors, government entities, donors and international and local organizations, highlighting the cross-cutting nature of CCCM. Each day focused on specific areas of work, and the meeting began with the opening session on Day 1 which reviewed the CCCM Cluster over the past 15 years as well as an overview of the achievements and activities of 2020. Day 2 explored localization efforts, in particular the CCCM framework and operations in the Philippines, Syria, Indonesia and Somalia, and day 3 covered the extent of participation, inclusion and responsibility in all sectors. The fourth day allowed participants to get out of the traditional context of the camps with the launch of the position paper on the CCCM Cluster area approach and a round table. The first week ended with Practitioners’ Day, the first of the cluster, which took place at 10 am on Friday, November 6, with 22 sessions of 35 practitioners. The sessions covered a variety of topics: from a clinic on ensuring disability inclusion to mainstreaming GBV mitigation and prevention; sharing lessons learned from the transition of POCs in South Sudan to adapting filter hotels for COVID-19 in Mexico; from greening camps and sites to managing fire safety.
The second week began with a high-level panel discussion on Transition and the Nexus, featuring Iraqi and Nigerian government officials with the former residency coordinator for Syria. The session explored the achievements and challenges faced by authorities and humanitarian communities in putting the ‘nexus’ into practice, linking discussions around preparedness, localization, empowerment and coordination. Day 6 followed with discussions on various aspects of the physical environment, including housing, land and property; decongestion; improvement and sustainability of the site, for which the Cluster was joined by experts in the technical fields concerned. The 7th day marked the culmination of the last 3 years of work on the development of minimum standards for camp management with an emphasis on the application of standards in different contexts and typologies. The final day of the CCCM 2020 global meeting highlighted the results of consultations for the overall CCCM cluster strategy and provided a forum for practitioner comments and contributions to the three-year strategy.