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IASC Principals 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.

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:

1. Concept Paper on ‘Empowered Leadership’- revised March 2014

2. Humanitarian System-Wide Emergency Activation: definition and procedures

3. Responding to Level 3 Emergencies: What ‘Empowered Leadership’ looks like in practice

4. Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level

5. Humanitarian Programme Cycle Reference Module Version 1.0

6. Accountability to Affected Populations Operational Framework

7. Inter-Agency Rapid Response Mechanism (IARRM) Concept Note

8. Common Framework for Preparedness

ERC video message introducing the Transformative Agenda

»  Introduction of IASC Transformative Agenda

A short film with IASC Principals explaining the importance of the Transformative Agenda

»  IASC Principals on the Transformative Agenda

Power Point presentation of the Transformative Agenda

»  Power Point on the The IASC Transformative Agenda

Key Messages on the IASC Transformative Agenda

»  Key Messages: The IASC Transformative Agenda

Additional Transformative Agenda documents (password required for IASC Principals and IASC WG members

»  Additional Transformative Agenda documents


Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan, Gender Alert 2: May 2014, IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action


Posted: 9/11/2014 12:00:00 AM


At a Glance - World Humanitarian Summit


Posted: 5/5/2014 12:00:00 AM


Concept Paper on "Empowered Leadership" revised March 2014


Posted: 4/28/2014 12:00:00 AM


TA Protocol: Common Framework for Preparedness


Posted: 1/8/2014 12:00:00 AM


ANNEX – Transformative Agenda Global Implementation Action Plan


Posted: 12/13/2013 12:00:00 AM



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