IASC Transformative Agenda
The Humanitarian Reform process was initiated by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, together with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in 2005 to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response through greater predictability, accountability, responsibility and partnership. Emergency response capacity has been reinforced at the global level according to an agreed division of labour. However, challenges still remain in deploying adequate leadership; putting in place appropriate coordination mechanisms at various levels and ensuring clear mutual accountabilities as evidenced by several major disasters over the past years. Furthermore, the application of the cluster approach has become overly process-driven and, in some situations, perceived to potentially undermine rather than enable delivery.
In light of the growing recognition of the weaknesses in the multilateral humanitarian response, the IASC Principals decided to review the current approach to humanitarian response and make adjustments, building on the lessons learned in 2010 and 2011. Based on an analysis of current challenges to leadership and coordination, the IASC Principals agreed in December 2011 to a set of actions that collectively represent a substantive improvement to the current humanitarian response model.Detailed information on agreed actions are availabe in the Chapeau and Compendium document.
Transformative Agenda Protocols
Following the agreement of the Transformative Agenda (TA) in December 2011, the Principals agreed the ‘TA Protocols’, which set the parameters for improved collective action in humanitarian emergencies. The Protocols include the following documents:
5. Humanitarian Programme Cycle Reference Module Version 1.0 (December 2013)
7. Inter-Agency Rapid Response Mechanism (IARRM) Concept Note (December 2013)
8. Common Framework for Preparedness (October 2013)
ERC video message introducing the Transformative Agenda
A short film with IASC Principals explaining the importance of the Transformative Agenda
Presentation on the Transformative Agenda
Key Messages on the IASC Transformative Agenda
IASC Transformative Agenda - Questions & Answers
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