Cluster mechanism

Support to IASC

The IATT HIV-E provides support to the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster System by providing technical support where needed.

The Cluster approach was developed by IASC to address gaps and to increase the effectiveness of humanitarian response by building partnerships.

As summarised by the IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at Country level:

The Cluster approach… “ensures that international responses to humanitarian emergencies are predictable and accountable and have clear leadership by making clearer the division of labour between organizations, and their roles and responsibilities in different areas. It aims to make the international humanitarian community better organized and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for affected people, host Governments, local authorities, local civil society and resourcing partners.

It is to be understood at the same time, that the cluster approach is not the only humanitarian coordination solution. In some cases, it may coexist with other forms of national or international coordination, and its application must take into account the specific needs of a country and the context. Using a cluster approach in every emergency might waste resources and impede action by Governments, which are primarily responsible for providing humanitarian assistance to people under their jurisdiction.”

- IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at Country Level (July 2015)


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The Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on HIV in Emergencies (HIV-E) is a group of agencies working at global, regional and country level that seek to accelerate the global response to address HIV in the context of humanitarian emergencies. This interagency body is comprised of representatives of UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organizations.