The Early Recovery (ER) cluster has been activated in 2006 following an IASC Mission to Colombia, seeking to bring together humanitarian and development actors to respond in a coordinated way to both complex and prolonged emergencies and sudden crises. Following mission’s recommandations the cluster is coordinate by UNDP as a Global Cluster led agency and co-led by IOM. Subsequently, Mercy Corps joined the co-leadership.


It was also emphasized that ER cannot depend on one sector alone but that it is a responsibility of the entire humanitarian community to be integrated as an approach and programmatic framework in all humanitarian contexts.


In 2010, an inter-cluster mission made specific recommendations to the EHP, emphasizing the need to create multisectoral coordination strategies and minimize coordination obstacles between the humanitarian agenda and the transition and development agenda. In 2013, and in depth in the recommendations established by the Transforming Agenda and the guidelines of the global cluster for Early Recovery, the cluster became a working group with a double function 1- Support in mainstreaming ER approach throughout the Humanitarian Programme Cycle; 2- Positioning and implementing a specific program framework that would complement the response in crisis and post-crisis and promote the transition towards sustainable medium and long-term solutions.


ER is defined as recovery that begins in a humanitarian context of conflict or natural disaster. The ER is part of crisis contexts but seeks to generate synergistic and multidimensional recovery processes in the medium and long term that allow for resilient processes of development, national ownership and sustainable peacebuilding, trying to transform the underlying causes that generated conflicts and Preventing them from happening again. All this, putting in center the recovery capacity of affected populations and the duty of state to accompany these processes in a sustainable way.


Since, the working group has had a regular coordination, information exchange, identification of good practices, policy advocacy and thematic specialization within the framework of the EHP.


The group is currently made up of 11 members, 6 UN agencies (IOM, FAO, UNHCR, PMA, UN Women, UNDP) and 5 international NGOs (Mercy Corps, Colombian Red Cross, Lutheran World Federation, Halu Foundation, RET).


The priorities of the working group responding to its programmatic framework are: 1- Livelihoods and cash transfer strategies for victims, host communities and ex-combatant population; 2- Disaster Risk Reduction; 3- Sustainable solutions for displaced population including restitution of land; 4- Social cohesion and support to processes of peace pedagogy, and recovery / stabilization.


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Early Recovery Brief: 

The New Way of Working and Early Recovery in Colombia 2018

Early Recovery in Colombia - Jan 2018

Lessons learnt and international practices in community based socio economic reintegration in post conflict


Sintesis ER en Colombia

Workshop Early Recovery 15th of November 2016, Bogotá : : This website compilates all the information about TSI : Transitional solutions initiative - Joint project UNDP/UNHCR on durable solutions for IDPs

¿Qué son los Medios de Vida?

Other Resources and Materials: 

In 2015, the Recuperacion Temprana Cluster together with the Global Cluster for Early Recovery conducted a workshop in Colombia, please click here to find information and resources.

UNOSAT Rapid Mapping

UNDP and the Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) signed a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) to strengthen their collaboration to make geospatial technology accessible for emergency and crisis response, early warning and preparedness, risk assessments and recovery planning at country and regional level, including in support of the work of the Global Early Recovery Cluster.
UNOSAT Rapid Mapping is activated include floods, earthquakes, storms, landslides, volcanoes, oil spills, chemical waste, refugee and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp mapping, conflict damage assessment and situation analysis. Output products including maps, GIS-ready data (for example flood extents, damage assessments), statistics and reports support clusters or UNDP to become more effective in all phases of the crisis cycle. read more

Available maps and analysis:

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Key Country Contacts



Martin Santiago

UN Resident Coordinator 

Paloma Blanch 

Cluster Coordinator 

United Nations Development Programme

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