The Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) leads global and interagency efforts to establish and maintain standards and policy, build response capacity and operational support. The Global Cluster for Early Recovery has ensured appropriate integration of early recovery in updated IASC guidance, including on the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and Cluster Coordination. 

The GCER supported the mainstreaming and integration of the early recovery approach at the Country Level through the provision of strategic and coordination support to the Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs), Resident Coordinators (RCs), Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) and Cluster Lead Agencies (CLAs).

Global Cluster for Early Recovery

SAG members:

  1. The Global Cluster for Early Recovery SAG is the principal advisory body for the Cluster. The SAG is composed of ActionAid, DRC, FAO, IOM, MSB, OCHA, UNDP (chair), UNICEF, and WFP

Vision and Goals

Ensure holistic and system-wide response that include national and local actors to improve aid effectiveness, reduce vulnerability to shocks and to pave the way to sustainable development by strengthening linkages between humanitarian and development frameworks.


Early Recovery is systematically mainstreamed into humanitarian action and humanitarian and development actors are brought together to ensure successful transition to sustainable resilient-based development

GOAL 2: 

Increase Early Recovery response capacity and operational support at the country level for more predictable, better-resourced and managed response

Early Recovery Thematic Areas

We must return our focus to the people at the centre of the crises, moving beyond short-term, supply-driven response towards demand-driven outcomes reducing need and vulnerability. It requires to set aside institutional labels of “development” or “humanitarian”, working together over multi-year horizons with the SDGs as our common results and accountability framework.
The Global Cluster for Early Recovery recognizes that the structural discriminations that affect the population, based on gender, age and other diversity characteristics, are important underlying factors of crises. In particular, gender inequalities are a critical barrier to recovery and development. Gender discriminations are a universal reality in all societies and constitute a driver of crisis...
Disasters, crises, emergencies and conflict can all have a significant, often detrimental, impact on the surrounding environment. In addition, the subsequent relief, recovery and reconstruction phases can exacerbate negative environmental impacts if the activities are not designed to take the environment into account. Considering the importance of robust environmental approaches being adopted in the early recovery...    
Any crisis, whether caused by conflict or disaster, almost inevitably uproots people from their homes. In 2015 a staggering 60 million people were either refugees in other countries or internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their own countries, as a result of conflict or violence – the highest figure since World War II. In addition, every year some 29 million people are displaced by natural disasters.

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