Status of Humanitarian Reform

The humanitarian reform process, initiated by the United Nations in 2005, aimed to remedy gaps in humanitarian operations and improve the timeliness, effectiveness, and predictability of aid delivery. The reform process sought to achieve these goals through three separate but complementary approaches: (1) the introduction of the cluster system; (2) the Central Emergency Response Fund; and (3) a strengthened humanitarian coordinator system. While greater synchronicity between humanitarian actors may be essential to improvement, the reform process thus far has been met with mixed results. To date, according to many observers, clusters tend to be more process than action oriented and largely exclude national and local actors.

February, 2012