CCCM capacity development projects for national authorities seek to build skills in both the social and technical aspects of the coordination and management of displacement sites. Training projects are developed with Disaster Management Agencies to address context-specific management issues in a way that respects state sovereignty while promoting the human rights of those affected by natural disasters. Capacity development projects in CCCM aim to provide a rights-based approach to planning the initial emergency response and develop medium and long-term strategies in displacement sites settings, which help to ensure that people displaced by natural disasters enjoy their basic human rights and live with dignity.

The comprehensive Training of Trainers (ToT) approach has been supported globally and since its inception has received recognition by the goals achieved, quality of materials, methodology and support to national authorities. A step-by-step approach delivers basic trainings; training of trainers; and follow-up support to trainers whilst ensuring national-level buy-in for overall guidance and acknowledgement of capacity building as a disaster risk reduction strategy at the policy level.


National authorities are neither uniform, nor a homogenous group to train. National authorities have different agendas, political positions and interests. It is therefore important to carefully navigate through their systems in order to fully understand different learning needs and identify how best to address these. To this end, the Guidance Note on Working with National Authorities has been written by the CCCM Cluster to help CCCM project staff to develop capacity building programmes for national authorities, primarily in natural disaster contexts.

While retaining a strong focus on training as an important contribution to capacity building, the Guidance Note also highlights other capacity building options, which may be equally or more appropriate for meeting the requirements of a particular national authority. It also highlights key lessons to be learned from recent capacity building projects.