Are all decisions in an HCT made by consensus?

Reaching a general agreement on all decisions is ideal but not always realistic given the pace and volume of decisions that need to be made in humanitarian settings. The HCT should make decisions in a participatory, equitable manner within humanitarian country team meetings and those decisions should be noted for the record and shared with all members of the HCT.

In the case of Level 3 emergencies it is recognized that, “the HC can only be effective as a leader in an L3 emergency if the others within the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) recognize that leadership role and are empowered to meet their own responsibilities, and if actors within the humanitarian architecture abide by their already defined commitments, roles and responsibilities.”[1]

There are two “TA Protocols” that address empowered leadership; the “Concept Paper on ‘Empowered Leadership’” and “Responding to Level 3 Emergencies: What ‘Empowered Leadership’ looks like in practice.”

[1] IASC Transformative Agenda Reference document, “Concept Paper on ‘Empowered Leadership’” March 2014. http://www.humanitarianinfo.org/iasc/pageloader.aspx?page=content-template-default&bd=87

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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.

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