IASC Guidance Note on using the Cluster Approach to Strengthen Humanitarian Response

In international responses to humanitarian crises, some sectors have in the past benefitedfrom having clearly mandated lead agencies, while others have not. This has repeatedly ledto ad hoc, unpredictable humanitarian responses, with inevitable capacity and responsegaps in some areas. Recognizing this, in September 2005 the Inter-Agency StandingCommittee (IASC) agreed to designate global œcluster leads? “ specifically forhumanitarian emergencies “ in nine sectors or areas of activity. The IASC Principals alsoagreed that the cluster approach should be applied, with some flexibility, at the countrylevel.
In December 2005 the IASC Principals generally welcomed the œcluster approach? as amechanism that can help to address identified gaps in response and enhance the quality ofhumanitarian action. It is part of a wider reform process aimed at improving theeffectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability andaccountability, while at the same time strengthening partnerships between NGOs, international organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement1 andUN agencies.
In June 2006 the IASC issued a Preliminary Guidance Note on implementation of the newapproach. Emphasizing that the humanitarian reform process must be an inclusive one, theEmergency Relief Coordinator and IASC Principals invited all relevant stakeholders, particularly in the field, to comment on this document. It is on the basis of the commentsreceived that the present Guidance Note has been put together. The Guidance Note willcontinue to be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary, taking into account theconclusions of further œlessons learnt? exercises and evaluations of implementation of thecluster approach at both the global and country level. In international responses to humanitarian crises, some sectors have in the past benefitedfrom having clearly mandated lead agencies, while others have not. This has repeatedly ledto ad hoc, unpredictable humanitarian responses, with inevitable capacity and responsegaps in some areas. Recognizing this, in September 2005 the Inter-Agency StandingCommittee (IASC) agreed to designate global œcluster leads? “ specifically forhumanitarian emergencies “ in nine sectors or areas of activity. The IASC Principals alsoagreed that the cluster approach should be applied, with some flexibility, at the countrylevel.
In December 2005 the IASC Principals generally welcomed the œcluster approach? as amechanism that can help to address identified gaps in response and enhance the quality ofhumanitarian action. It is part of a wider reform process aimed at improving theeffectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability andaccountability, while at the same time strengthening partnerships between NGOs, international organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement1 andUN agencies.
In June 2006 the IASC issued a Preliminary Guidance Note on implementation of the newapproach. Emphasizing that the humanitarian reform process must be an inclusive one, theEmergency Relief Coordinator and IASC Principals invited all relevant stakeholders, particularly in the field, to comment on this document. It is on the basis of the commentsreceived that the present Guidance Note has been put together. The Guidance Note willcontinue to be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary, taking into account theconclusions of further œlessons learnt? exercises and evaluations of implementation of thecluster approach at both the global and country level. In international responses to humanitarian crises, some sectors have in the past benefitedfrom having clearly mandated lead agencies, while others have not. This has repeatedly ledto ad hoc, unpredictable humanitarian responses, with inevitable capacity and responsegaps in some areas. Recognizing this, in September 2005 the Inter-Agency StandingCommittee (IASC) agreed to designate global œcluster leads? “ specifically forhumanitarian emergencies “ in nine sectors or areas of activity. The IASC Principals alsoagreed that the cluster approach should be applied, with some flexibility, at the countrylevel.
In December 2005 the IASC Principals generally welcomed the œcluster approach? as amechanism that can help to address identified gaps in response and enhance the quality ofhumanitarian action. It is part of a wider reform process aimed at improving theeffectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability andaccountability, while at the same time strengthening partnerships between NGOs, international organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement1 andUN agencies.
In June 2006 the IASC issued a Preliminary Guidance Note on implementation of the newapproach. Emphasizing that the humanitarian reform process must be an inclusive one, theEmergency Relief Coordinator and IASC Principals invited all relevant stakeholders, particularly in the field, to comment on this document. It is on the basis of the commentsreceived that the present Guidance Note has been put together. The Guidance Note willcontinue to be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary, taking into account theconclusions of further œlessons learnt? exercises and evaluations of implementation of thecluster approach at both the global and country level. In international responses to humanitarian crises, some sectors have in the past benefitedfrom having clearly mandated lead agencies, while others have not. This has repeatedly ledto ad hoc, unpredictable humanitarian responses, with inevitable capacity and responsegaps in some areas. Recognizing this, in September 2005 the Inter-Agency StandingCommittee (IASC) agreed to designate global œcluster leads? “ specifically forhumanitarian emergencies “ in nine sectors or areas of activity. The IASC Principals alsoagreed that the cluster approach should be applied, with some flexibility, at the countrylevel.
In December 2005 the IASC Principals generally welcomed the œcluster approach? as amechanism that can help to address identified gaps in response and enhance the quality ofhumanitarian action. It is part of a wider reform process aimed at improving theeffectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability andaccountability, while at the same time strengthening partnerships between NGOs, international organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement1 andUN agencies.
In June 2006 the IASC issued a Preliminary Guidance Note on implementation of the newapproach. Emphasizing that the humanitarian reform process must be an inclusive one, theEmergency Relief Coordinator and IASC Principals invited all relevant stakeholders, particularly in the field, to comment on this document. It is on the basis of the commentsreceived that the present Guidance Note has been put together. The Guidance Note willcontinue to be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary, taking into account theconclusions of further œlessons learnt? exercises and evaluations of implementation of thecluster approach at both the global and country level. In international responses to humanitarian crises, some sectors have in the past benefitedfrom having clearly mandated lead agencies, while others have not. This has repeatedly ledto ad hoc, unpredictable humanitarian responses, with inevitable capacity and responsegaps in some areas. Recognizing this, in September 2005 the Inter-Agency StandingCommittee (IASC) agreed to designate global œcluster leads? “ specifically forhumanitarian emergencies “ in nine sectors or areas of activity. The IASC Principals alsoagreed that the cluster approach should be applied, with some flexibility, at the countrylevel.
In December 2005 the IASC Principals generally welcomed the œcluster approach? as amechanism that can help to address identified gaps in response and enhance the quality ofhumanitarian action. It is part of a wider reform process aimed at improving theeffectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability andaccountability, while at the same time strengthening partnerships between NGOs, international organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement1 andUN agencies.
In June 2006 the IASC issued a Preliminary Guidance Note on implementation of the newapproach. Emphasizing that the humanitarian reform process must be an inclusive one, theEmergency Relief Coordinator and IASC Principals invited all relevant stakeholders, particularly in the field, to comment on this document. It is on the basis of the commentsreceived that the present Guidance Note has been put together. The Guidance Note willcontinue to be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary, taking into account theconclusions of further œlessons learnt? exercises and evaluations of implementation of thecluster approach at both the global and country level.