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Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most important policy documents relating to the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) as a whole.

Resolution 46/182

General Assembly resolution A/RES/46/182 founded OCHA and created the position of Emergency Relief Coordinator. It established OCHA's responsibility for emergency preparedness and coordination as well as the Consolidated Appeals Process, of which the HPC is the latest iteration. Read the full text of the resolution here.

IASC Reference Module for the Humanitarian Programme Cycle

 The Humanitarian Programme Cycle Reference Module establishes the overarching policy for the application of the cycle in humanitarian crises globally.  It is meant primarily for managers of organizations that prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.  It provides an overview of what needs to be done, when and by whom, to enable managers to allocate staff and tasks, sequence decisions and planning, and identify priorities.  It does not describe how to do each action.  For this managers should refer to the technical guidance and templates, current versions of which can be found on this site..

The HPC Reference Module is avaiable in Arabic, English and French.

Organization(s): 
Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Original Publication Date: 
13 Aug 2015
Document type: 
Guidelines
Theme(s): 
Monitoring and Evaluation
Needs Assessment
Resource Mobilisation
Strategic Planning