Understanding CM capabilities of participating organisations

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Lack of mutual knowledge or alignment of operational needs and procedures between different organizations responding to the same .

Potential Solutions
Following solutions could be addressing this gap.

A preparatory knowledge and understanding of the capabilities and capacities of the organisations involved in management are necessary for crisis managers, including information on assets, tasks, objectives, constraints, budget, logistics and competencies. The challenges are to find a common language for describing capabilities, as well as finding processes for keeping catalogues up-to-date and to share this information across organisations (confidentiality issues).

OCHA has developed several systems to allow organisations to declare what capacity they have deployed in which areas (Who-What-Where directories; 3W OCHA). Such systems become de-facto standards once they reach a critical mass. Certifications already exist in specific domains: INSARAG (Search and Rescue), EMT13 (fields hospitals), etc.

Rationale & related CM function(s)

In response operations, participating organisations benefit from coordinated tasking and resource management, e.g. in defining, prioritising and assigning tasks, exchanging information, pooling and sharing resources.
Templates for exchange of information among participating organisations need to cover their capabilities and procedures.
In establishing transborder coordination, participating organisations need to exchange information of their capabilities and procedures.
Training standards, courses and exercises need to incorporate exchange of information of the capabilities and procedures of participating organisations.
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