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The Cluster Approach

About the Cluster Approach

Building a Better Response

This online course provides in-depth understanding of the Humanitarian Reform, the Transformative Agenda, the current Humanitarian Architecture, and the Planning and Funding of Humanitarian Responses.

The Humanitarian Reform

The humanitarian reform seeks to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. It is an ambitious effort by the international humanitarian community to reach more beneficiaries, with more comprehensive needs-based relief and protection, in a more effective and timely manner.

IASC Transformative Agenda

In recognition of the challenges that continue to face the humanitarian system, particularly on leadership and coordination, the IASC agreed on the Transformative Agenda (TA) in December 2011, and adopted the TA Protocols, which set the parameters for improved collective action in humanitarian emergencies. The Protocols include the following documents:

For additional information and key documents on the TA, please refer to the IASC website by clicking here.

Humanitarian Reform

Following a review of international responses to humanitarian emergencies carried out in 2005, known as the Humanitarian Response Review, the Cluster Approach was adopted in order to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response through greater predictability, accountability, responsibility and partnership. By clearly defining organisations’ roles and responsibilities, the Cluster Approach helps to ensure predictability and accountability, and to build a more structured and professional humanitarian aid system.

For additional information on Cluster Coordination, please see the following documents:

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