Following the tsunami in December 2004 there was a massive and sudden arrival of volunteers and non-government organisations into affected areas. People needed to link closely with local and government agencies and a 'tsunami' of meetings was set up. Some meetings had unclear objectives, others were uncertain of the participant list or who should initiate the assembly; yet others were hampered by the damaged infrastructure and communicating systems.
So this publication was produced to provide meeting protocols and guidelines.
Meetings are a normal, everyday part of humanitarian life. Many of us have experienced coming away from a meeting with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, without necessarily knowing why the meeting was successful. Perhaps all of us at sometime remember leaving a meeting with feelings of anger and frustration...