Matrix on Agency Roles and Responsibilities for Ensuring a Coordinated Multi-Sectoral Fuel Strategy in Humanitarian Settings

AUTHOR: Inter-agency Standing Committee, Task Force on Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (IASC Task Force SAFE)

LAST UPDATED: April 2009

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Inter-agency Standing Committee Task Force, guidelines, fuel and energy

FORMATS: Downloadable PDF documents (2 documents, 4 pages each)

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org (website)

http://interagencystandingcommittee.org/safe-access-firewood-and-alternative-energy-humanitarian-settings/documents-public/matrix-agency (tools)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The collection, supply and/or use of firewood and alternative energy are multi-sectoral issues, as are the consequences thereof, such as rape, murder, environmental degradation and indoor air pollution. The challenge cannot be effectively addressed by a singularly-mandated agency or cluster acting alone. The goal is to provide a practical tool for determining the priority activities to be undertaken in the development of an effective, multi-sectoral fuel strategy.  

The matrix is targeted to field-based actors from a range of response sectors: camp coordination/camp management, emergency shelter, environment/natural resource management, food/nutrition, health, information/education/communication, livelihoods/development/food security, and protection. It presents the responsibilities for the sector in three phases:

1) emergency preparedness and contingency planning

2) acute emergency

3) protracted crises, transition and durable solutions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “The IASC Task Force on Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings was established by the IASC Working Group in March 2007.The guiding purpose of the Task Force is to reduce exposure to violence, contribute to the protection of and ease the burden on those populations collecting wood in humanitarian settings worldwide, through solutions which will promote safe access to appropriate energy and reduce environmental impacts while ensuring accountability.”

INTENDED USER: “The acute emergency Diagram is particularly intended for emergency response teams, site selectors/site planners and camp managers at the outset of a new emergency and, as such, focuses on only the most essential fuel-related concerns. The protracted settings Diagram is intended for all field-based actors with responsibility for determining a long-term fuel strategy.

This Matrix is targeted to field-based actors from a range of response sectors: camp coordination/camp management; emergency shelter; environment/natural resource management; food/nutrition; health; information/education/communication; livelihoods/development/food security; and protection.”

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