During the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)1 Principals meeting on 28 April 2020 in which a Risk Communications and Community Engagement (RCCE) Collective Service for the COVID-19 outbreak response was presented by UNICEF and IFRC, and the subsequent Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG) 2 meeting on 21 May 2020; the Results Group on Accountability and Inclusion (RG2) was requested to coordinate and compile information on how the RCCE collective service links with the broader global and country level humanitarian architecture.
This document provides an overview of the factors that may put persons with disabilities at heightened risk in the COVID-19 pandemic and response in humanitarian settings; and proposes actions to address these risks. This note draws on the IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, applying these to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is a global health crisis, an information crisis and increasingly a wider socio-economic crisis. Over the past decade, the West Africa Ebola outbreak and many emergencies from natural disasters to complex humanitarian crises, have shown the critical need to engage communities from the very beginning.
IASC Results Group 2 (RG2) on Accountability and Inclusion provides response-wide guidance, tools, and technical support. The Results Group supports humanitarian leaders and responders to improve effectiveness and outcomes through collective approaches to accountability and inclusion in overall response efforts.
Chaired by UNHCR and UNICEF and reporting to the IASC Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG), the Results Group (RG) is comprised of local NGOs, International NGOs, the UN, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and others.
This note lays out the agreed Priority Areas of Work for the IASC Results Groups covering the 2020.
The IASC Results Groups have been encouraged to be concrete in their deliverables, to focus on activities that will have the most impact on field effectiveness, will support IASC Principals’ with their decisions and/or advocacy efforts, promise the highest return for investment, and are inclusive; ensuring systematic engagement with key relevant IASC and non-IASC inter-agency structures.
Please find below the 2019 Workplan for IASC Results Group 2, as endorsed in August by OPAG. The workplan is a living document with minor changes made to this version improve clarity and relevance on an ongoing basis. If you wish to access the latest working copy of the workplan, please request it from the IASC secretariat RG2 coordinator.