Glossary Term

Cluster Approach

A leadership approach used for coordinating responses in non-refugee humanitarian emergencies. Accountability for the delivery of services (health, shelter, etc.) is spread across different cluster lead agencies, and as a result, no single agency is accountable for an entire response. In each country's situation, overall accountability for coordination and delivery rests with the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). A Cluster Approach may be used in humanitarian emergencies caused by either conflicts or disasters.