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Camp Management Toolkit

Camp Management Toolkit
Taking a comprehensive and holistic look at camp management as a cross-cutting humanitarian sector, the Camp Management Toolkit incorporates a wide range of relevant basic information on various aspects of camp operations.

The Camp Management Toolkit is intended for both refugee and IDP situations resulting from either conflict or natural disasters. The Toolkit defines key messages and issues in relation to the roles and responsibilities of the Camp Management Agency within each of the defined areas. It also includes tools and lists of essential reading.

The Camp Management Toolkit highlights essential issues of protection and service provision in camps and camp-like settings and provides practical advice for camp management staff on how best to ensure the overall coordination and management of a camp and uphold the rights of displaced persons. It is an advisory manual and does not attempt to develop agency policies or directives. The Toolkit is written as a complement to existing sector guidelines and standards such as the Sphere Handbook, UNHCR Handbook for Emergencies, and other technical handbooks.

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Under the coordination of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the Camp Management Toolkit has been developed by the Camp Management Project which consisted of six member organisations – the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

About the Camp Management Project

The Camp Management Project began in Sierra Leone in late 2002, as a response to the inadequate quality of assistance and protection in many of the country’s camps for displaced persons.

An Inter-Agency Working Group on Camp Management in Sierra Leone was established with the aim to enhance camp management practice through mapping the roles and responsibilities of Camp Management Agencies and partners, reviewing lessons learned and identifying good practice.

The Camp Management Project first published the Camp Management Toolkit in 2004, and has subsequently developed and translated the 2008 edition.

Since 2004, the Toolkit has been actively used in the field. As a result of the advocacy and awareness raising that has already taken place, several hundred individuals and organizations have downloaded the Toolkit from the NRC website. Among them are individuals from UN agencies, international organizations, local and international NGOs, universities and research institutions, governments.

Countries where the Toolkit has been actively used include: Liberia, Sudan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Uganda, Indonesia, East Timor, Georgia, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Chad, Nepal and Ethiopia.

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