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Taking joint needs analysis to new heights: the JIAF Strategic Moment of Reflection.

From 9 to 11 November 2021, following an independent review of the JIAF, UN agencies, clusters, NGOs and donors came together during a ‘strategic moment of reflection’ workshop to reaffirm their commitment to inter-sectoral analysis, noting that the humanitarian system will deliver more effectively if we understand people’s vulnerabilities and drivers of need in a more holistic way, beyond a single ‘sector’ lens.

Participants agreed on the future scope and approach for joint needs analysis within the humanitarian programme cycle, specially committing to:
  1. Improve the quality of humanitarian response plans, through a richer cross-sectoral narrative of vulnerabilities and drivers of need.
  2. Install even more trust and confidence in magnitude and severity estimations, sharpening the focus through a more replicable, transparent process, that is also simpler and lighter to implement in crisis countries.
The revised methodology will be developed by HPC 2024.

An aid worker interviews a displaced family at the Al Sha'ab IDP collective centre in Aden to understand their needs.

Strengthening joint analysis across all sectors in humanitarian needs assessment is a key commitment of the Grand Bargain. It is critical that the humanitarian system is able to respond comprehensively and with maximum impact to the multiple needs of affected communities and individuals. Read more about the JIAF (Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework) as the basis of understanding global humanitarian needs here.

Improve joint and impartial needs assessments.

What is intersectoral analysis? Read more here about how the JIAF delivers the on the key objectives of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC).

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