Which actors are involved in the humanitarian architecture at the country level?

Civil society actors, local NGOs, international NGOs, UN agencies, host government and the private sector can engage in coordination and leadership mechanisms within the humanitarian architecture in-country.

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What is the transformative agenda?

The transformative agenda is an initiative undertaken within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee  since December 2010 to make improvements to the humanitarian reform process, which in 2005 introduced the clusters, established new financing mechanisms, and made an attempt to strengthen humanitarian leadership.

Click here for a 2012 article considering the Operational Implications of the Transformative Agenda for NGOs.

Is there a formal IASC mechanism to evaluate a humanitarian response?

Yes. An Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) occurs within months 9-12 of a L3 declaration and for non-L3s at the specific request of the HC/HCT or other primary stakeholders.[1]

An inter-agency humanitarian evaluation is an independent assessment of results of the collective humanitarian response by member organizations of the IASC to a specific crisis. IAHEs evaluate the extent to which planned collective results have been achieved and how humanitarian reform efforts have contributed to that achievement.

For more information please see the IAHE guidelines.

The IAHE does not replace an individual agency’s own evaluation of their response to a crisis. Additionally, research and advocacy institutions may send evaluation teams looking at a specific issue.

[1] Please see page 18 of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle reference cycle version 2.0, pending finalization.

What is an ‘L3’ activation?

It is a mechanism developed as part of the Transformative Agenda (TA) to mobilise adequate means from within the whole of the humanitarian system to respond collectively to a major humanitarian crisis.

It is an exceptional measure designed for exceptional circumstances. The L3 activation supports the activation of specific measures to ensure that the appropriate humanitarian architecture is in place to manage the response. It represents a statement of priority among global crises.

For more information go to: www.humanitarianinfo.org/iasc/downloadDoc.aspx?docID=6459