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Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Transformative Agenda

Valerie Amos - Transformative Agenda Video Message

Why is this important?

Recent large-scale humanitarian crises, like the Haiti earthquake and floods in Pakistan, revealed major weaknesses and inefficiencies in the global relief response. It was decided to address the problem through the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), which brings together the main operational relief agencies of the UN, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and international NGOS were brought together.

IASC listened to the feedback from host governments, affected communities, relief partners and contributing governments and to the requests from the general assembly for more efficient and well-coordinated international response to major disasters.

The actions the IASC adopted as a result are known as the Transformative Agenda, focusing on three key areas:

  • Leadership of the international humanitarian response to support a countries own relief efforts;
  • Accountability to all our stakeholders;
  • Coordination structures, needs assessments, planning and monitoring.


What are we doing?

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) supports the objectives of the Transformative Agenda and is actively involved in its development. It further encourages its humanitarian partners to ensure they contribute to a coordinated humanitarian response by:

  • engaging in discussions of coordination mechanisms such as humanitarian country teams (HCTs), clusters or other dedicated coordination efforts; 
  • participating in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, including participation in contingency planning, coordination of assessments, and collective analyses;
  • contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of the collective action;
  • Ensuring that the funding received from ECHO is employed to the maximum extent possible in fostering such coordinated response. 
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