The development of a Guidance Note on Humanitarian Assistance for the local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia is one of the outputs of the project “Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity of Humanitarian NGOs in Cambodia”, funded by USAID/OFDA, which was implemented from May 2012 until April 2014. This project was coordinated by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with in-country partners Partnership for Development in Kampuchea (PADEK), the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP).
One of the first outputs of the project was the establishment of the Cambodian Humanitarian Framework (CHF) network in September 2012. The establishment of CHF network is aiming at strengthening the capacity of the civil society in Cambodia to respond to main disasters by addressing key issues such as humanitarian coordination, preparedness for response and information management among the CHF members.
The main objectives of the Guidance Note on Humanitarian Assistance are:
- To ensure a better understanding among the CHF members of the national Disaster Risk Management (DRM) framework and of the main stakeholders involved in Disaster Response and/or Disaster Preparedness in the country;
- To support a collaborative disaster response of the CHF members to any major emergency at provincial, zone or country level, through improved preparedness, more effective communication (internally and with partners) and the use of common tools;
- To clarify the roles and responsibilities of the CHF secretariat, the Zone and Province coordinators, before, during and after a major Emergency in Cambodia.