IASC Reference Module for the Implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle – Version 2.0

The humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) is about a new way of working, building on what the humanitarian system has learned. This IASC Reference Module defines the roles and responsibilities of international humanitarian actors and the way that they interact with each other, with national and local authorities, with civil society, and with people affected by crises.

The humanitarian programme cycle consists of a set of inter-linked tools to assist the Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection through better preparing, prioritizing, steering and monitoring the collective response through informed decision-making. This requires each organization to change its practices, but also its mind-set and institutional culture to focus on the collective response and not simply on the individual organization’s corporate priorities, mandate or fundraising concerns. Each individual organization’s piece of the response must fit together and contribute to the overall expected results. The focus is on collectively-owned and evidence-based plans to ensure increased HCT accountability for results. The HPC should influence programming and resource allocations of all actors – including United Nations (UN) agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and governments. Organizations are required to act with the collective in mind, to collaborate together, share information and hold each other accountable for working toward better decisions and improved outcomes at the field level.

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