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IASC Common Framework for Preparedness, 2013

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The IASC Principals have called  for  the  development  of  a “Common Framework  for Preparedness” as  part  of  the  IASC  Transformative  Agenda. The  framework  is common  in  the  sense  that  it  requires all  actors,  whether  focused  on  humanitarian  assistance  or development, to  develop  national  and  local capacities  for preparedness, and  that  it  takes  into consideration both international and national capacities for preparedness at the country level.

A range of actors assists member states and communities towards achieving resilience, including through enhancing preparedness. In addition to national, bilateral and international development efforts, entities with significant operational humanitarian capabilities and experience are increasingly requested to assist in enhancing preparedness. This effort requires coherence and coordination and the optimal use of scarce resources.

The Common Framework for Preparedness supports the development of preparedness capacity in a more coherent manner using a systematic country level approach that collectively assesses capacity and need, uses this assessment to jointly develop programmes and plans, and coherently implements these programmes and plans to strengthen preparedness. Preparedness is situated within an overall, nationally led, disaster risk management (DRM) context, which includes prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery measures.