The IASC & the Transformative Agenda

The IASC Transformative Agenda (TA) is a set of concrete actions aimed at transforming the way in which the humanitarian community responds to emergencies. The TA is the second reform of the humanitarian coordination system since the 1990s. The first – ‘The Humanitarian Reform (2005)’ – focussed on three key areas: (1) more adequate, timely, flexible and effective humanitarian financing, including through the CERF; (2) a strengthened Humanitarian Coordinator system, providing more strategic leadership and coordination; and (3) implementation of the ‘cluster approach’ to build up capacities in gap areas.

The humanitarian responses to the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods in 2010 exposed a number of weaknesses and inefficiencies, which led to the adoption of the IASC Transformative Agenda. The TA focusses on the timeliness and effectiveness of our collective humanitarian response. It aims to achieve (1) stronger leadership; (2) more effective coordination structures; and (3) improved accountability for performance and affected people. A key element of the TA is the Humanitarian System-Wide Level 3 (L3) Emergency Response. UNICEF has been one of the leaders unfolding the TA, keeping a focus on pragmatic proposals and a need to demonstrate results. Ten TA protocols have since been adopted and shared by the IASC Principals.