Humanitarian Health Action

Questions and answers about WHO's role in Humanitarian Health Action


What is the Humanitarian Reform and how does it affect WHO’s work?

The reform process, started in 2005 with the Humanitarian Response Review, represents a considerable change in the international scene and has vast implications for the work of WHO. The Humanitarian Reform is underpinned by three pillars:

  • Improving the predictability of funding through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF);
  • Coordinating effective response through the Cluster Approach, and
  • Strengthening the Humanitarian Coordinator System.

The three pillars of humanitarian reform are secured by a foundation of strong and collaborative partnerships.

Strengthening commitment to coordination at the field level by all humanitarian partners is another pillar of the humanitarian reform process. The IASC self-assessment of the cluster roll-out brought to the fore that humanitarian coordination operations are very much related to the success of inter-cluster relations and efficient cluster roll-out. The two agendas converge. WHO chairs the IASC Humanitarian Coordinators Training Core Group set up to fill an existing gap and improve the ability of the Emergency Relief Coordinator to propose for HC position individuals whose skills, performance and background meet the expectations of leadership and experience of the IASC.

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