The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) is an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) coordination mechanism that supports people affected by natural disasters and internally displaced people affected by conflict with the means to live in safe, dignified and appropriate shelter. The GSC enables better coordination among shelter actors, including local and national governments, so that people who need shelter assistance get help faster and receive the right kind of support.
The GSC is is a public platform co-chaired by IFRC and UNHCR at the global level, and it has 45 partners who participate on a regular basis. IFRC is convener of the Shelter Cluster in natural disasters while UNHCR leads the Shelter Cluster in conflict situations.
Chronologically, mapping support allows us to overcome exponential needs in data management and geolocation skills. CartONG supported UNOSAT (the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme, section of UNITAR, the UN's training organization) in the primary analysis of damage from Satellite imagery.
Finally, the collaboration with Shelter Cluster (coordinating international organizations and NGOs on the shelter thematic) in Port au Prince enables the continuation of the work in data and information management in refugees’ camp. Reports, maps, summarizes, set up by CartONG for the cluster has been greatly used. In the middle of the year, CartONG created a Google Earth file for awareness about Haiti needs for Caritas.