Inter-Agency Standing Committee

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is an inter-agency forum of UN and non-humanitarian partners founded in 1992, to strengthen humanitarian assistance. The objective of the IASC is to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected populations. The Committee was established following a General Assembly Resolution 46/182 and resolution 48/57 confirmed that it should be the primary method for inter-agency coordination. [1]

Full members of the IASC are:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • United Nations Human Settlements Program (HABITAT)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • World Food Program (WFP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)

Standing invitees of the IASC are:

  • the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
  • the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • the American Council for International Voluntary Action (InterAction)
  • the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
  • the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR)
  • World Bank

Global Clusters

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. Threre are 11 clusters which are humanitarian coordination mechanisms of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee:

  • Camp Coordination and Camp Management
  • Early Recovery
  • Education
  • Emergency Telecommunications
  • Food Security
  • Heath
  • Logistics
  • Nutrition
  • Protection
  • Shelter
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.


  1. Jump up^ IASC website: About the IASC

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