The aim of this IASC Strategy is to recommend actions which humanitarian actors can take to make their responses to humanitarian crises in urban areas more effective and thereby save more lives and accelerate early recovery. Six strategic objectives and supporting actions are proposed which will enhance their expertise and operational capacities in urban areas. This Strategy further addresses and prioritizes the humanitarian challenges identified in the Initial IASC Strategy for Meeting Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Areas of 2009.
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti highlighted the need for the humanitarian community to prepare for urban responses, and to identify the expertise, tools, knowledge and partnerships required to be effective in urban settings. The strategy recommends actions which humanitarian actors can take to make their response to humanitarian crises in urban areas more effective and to accelerate early recovery. Poor urban planning and rapid urbanization has increased the exposure and vulnerability of urban residents to both natural disasters and complex emergencies.