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The primary purpose of the cluster is the delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion assistance to affected populations during emergencies through improved coordination of the response at all levels:
- At the global level, the aim of the cluster approach is to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies by ensuring that there is predictable leadership and accountability in the WASH sector.
- At the country level the aim is to strengthen humanitarian response by demanding high standards of predictability, accountability and partnership. It is about achieving more strategic responses and better prioritization of available resources by clarifying the division of labour among organizations, better defining the roles and responsibilities of humanitarian organizations within the sectors, and providing the Humanitarian Coordinator with both a first point of call and a provider of last resort in all the key sectors or areas of activity.
UNICEF was nominated as the lead agency (see operational guidance on cluster approach – 2006) for the Global WASH cluster on the basis of its global network of operations, partners, resources and its recognized role in the field of emergency water and sanitation interventions.
Learn more about the Global WASH Cluster partnership in the About Us section.