Shelter & Site Planning

Camp Management

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings: What Should Camp Coordination and Camp Management Actors Know?

IASC Inter-Agency Standing Committee, 2014.

The IASC guidelines for camp management provides the essential knowledge and action points from the main IASC guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MHPSS) focusing on coordination, essential MHPSS considerations, human resources and assessment.

Based on the Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC, 2007), this document provides an overview of essential knowledge that humanitarian actors within the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster/sector should have about mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS) in humanitarian emergencies. It is addressed to managers and field staff, and is also relevant to camp management agencies working in situations where the CCCM cluster has not been activated. Including considerations of psycho-social wellbeing in the general CCCM activities will help protect the dignity of survivors and enhance the general humanitarian response. 

The document aims to provide and protect dignity to survivors and to enhance the general humanitarian response.The aim of any camp management is to ensure that the human rights of people living in the camps are protected and their human needs are met.

Field staff within camp management may use the IASC field guide

Community Development

Understanding Community-Based Protection

2013, UNCHR.

This document didactically proposes 12 key lessons emerging from the field on to how to integrate community-based approaches to protection. Through examples and cases from Asia, Africa and Latin America it describes how to work from a community-based perspective as for example: getting acquainted with the community, promoting the leaderships and active participation of different representatives from the field, including sustainability and advocating since the start of the work, and proposing participatory evaluations.

 Also see more under protection.