Principles of cooperation

“IHP is a cooperation characterized by a problem solving approach based on common objectives and mutual interest”

The collaborative principles of the partnership are the following:

Effectivness and efficiency: The cooperation is driven by a wish to deliver better and more effective and efficient services to the humanitarian community. The members recognize that to a certain extent they are competitors. Cooperating is seen as a way of limiting and regulating this competition and avoiding duplication of efforts. In addition IHP operations are made more cost effective by sharing of equipment, staffing, funding and logistics capacity. 

Synergy: Cooperation enables the partners to provide support which they are not able to provide individually. Synergy is derived from joint deployments, where for example one member provides staff and another member provides equipment and a third arranging the airlifts. 

Dual use: IHP assets serve the dual purpose of being part of the domestic emergency management system and also being a preparedness capacity for the international emergency system. The advantage is a cost effective preparedness that can be deployed to both the domestic and international arena. Nevertheless, crossfertilization and sharing of experiences between the two systems benefits the improvement of the development and maintenance of the preparedness capacity as well as assiting in development of technical standards and initatives etc. 

Autonomy: IHP has from the beginning been established as an informal, non-binding cooperation, in recognition of the limitations of the mandate of the cooperating members. Hence, membership in IHP does not restrict the members from individual response och initiatives.