Inter-Agency Standing Committee

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The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is an inter-agency forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners founded in 1991 to strengthen humanitarian assistance.[1] The overall objective of the IASC is to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected populations. The Committee was established following UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182 and resolution 48/57 confirmed that it should be the primary method for inter-agency coordination.[1] The committee is chaired by the Emergency Relief Coordinator.[1]

IASC members are:[1]

Standing invitees of the IASC are:

Global Clusters[edit]

Following the recommendations of an independent Humanitarian Response Review in 2005, the cluster approach was adopted in 2005 as a way of addressing gaps and strengthening the effectiveness of humanitarian response through building partnerships. The IASC clustered similar humanitarian organizations and appointed lead agencies for each. There are 11 clusters which are humanitarian coordination mechanisms of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee:[2]

  1. Camp Coordination and Camp Management
  2. Early Recovery
  3. Education
  4. Emergency Telecommunications
  5. Food Security
  6. Health
  7. Logistics
  8. Nutrition
  9. Protection
  10. Shelter
  11. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


  1. ^ a b c d Jones, Bruce; Stoddart, Abby (December 2003). "External Review of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee" (PDF). ALNAP.
  2. ^ Stoddard, Abby; Harmer, Adele; Haver, Katherine; Salomons, Dirk; Wheeler, Victoria (November 2007). "Cluster Approach Evaluation" (PDF). ALNAP.

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