Improving Humanitarian Coordination by Training Health Cluster Partners in Ethiopia

The training aimed to provide the humanitarian responders with the necessary skills to leverage and optimize information management practices to effectively support the humanitarian response


Bayou Banchiayehu, iMMAP's Health IMO, assits the training participants


iMMAP, through its information management officers seconded to the Health Custer, conducted the first information management training in Addis Ababa for cluster humanitarian partners responding to the crisis in Ethiopia. The training aimed to provide humanitarian responders with the necessary skills to leverage and optimize information management practices to effectively support the humanitarian response.

The training, facilitated by the Ethiopia Health Cluster in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), was successfully implemented on the 12th of February, and it trained 12 humanitarian responders representing 10 different organizations. Proving iMMAP’s commitment to raising local capabilities to improve the humanitarian response, 30% of the participants were representing national NGOs. All the other participants represented international NGOs and UN agencies coordinating in the Heath Cluster.

Training participants

The training involved interactive sessions delivered through presentations, technical demonstrations, individual and group discussions and presentations. At the end of the session, the IM team also conducted an evaluation of the training to assess the level of satisfaction of the training from the participants. The results of the evaluation strongly agree on the overall satisfaction with the facilitation, quality, and methodology of the training approach, as well as satisfaction with the new, practical and functional skills learned.

These technical training sessions conducted by iMMAP support a robust and efficient humanitarian response by improving the quality of information collected within the cluster, to effectively monitor the ongoing operations and improve coordination by familiarizing partner data managers with cluster reporting tools, minimum reporting requirements for coordination, information sharing and feedback mechanisms within the cluster.