Strategic response planning: Toolbox
This page highlights several companion documents elaborating on topics raised in the strategic response planning guidance.
Note on country updates and revisions
This note presents an overview of options for reporting on implementation of a strategic response plan, and for updating or revising it. It’s a useful document for the HCT and cluster coordinators to consult when discussing the overall planning cycle, and in the event of sudden changes in the situation.
Multi-Year Humanitarian Planning (MYP) Tip Sheet for OCHA Country/Regional Offices
A multi-year HRP (MYP) can be used for planning and coordinating the delivery of humanitarian aid in protracted crises. It differs from a traditional HRP in its focus on establishing a response strategy beyond one year. A MYP can facilitate a more effective humanitarian response through more predictable and realistic/appropriate operational arrangements and a greater focus on the sustainability of results. It also ensures enhanced complementarity with development assistance and other frameworks.
A MYP takes into account the impact that humanitarian and development assistance are expected to have over time in contexts where crises are likely to continue over the medium to long term, or in contexts where there is a clear scope to accelerate the exit from humanitarian assistance by planning on a longer timeframe. In order to be successful, a multi-year HRP requires development action to be at-scale and target the most vulnerable people down to the local level. This would contribute to breaking the cycle of humanitarian dependence and allow for a phased transfer of caseloads, whenever appropriate, from the multi-year HRP to development planning frameworks, such as the UNDAF. In many cases, this requires more risk tolerance, earlier engagement, and more flexible and context-adaptable programming by development actors. It may also require the MYP to clarify steps that will be taken to ensure a boost in development action (e.g. advocacy, capacity building, etc).
Multi-year planning does not solicit humanitarian partners to get involved in the implementation of development plans or programmes. It encourages them to collaborate more effectively with development and other partners at the analysis and planning stages, and to advocate for development partners’ earlier or staggered engagement in crisis contexts, to address the structural and chronic causes of humanitarian needs. Given longer decision and implementation cycles for development programming, a MYP also offers development actors a longer time window within which to interact with humanitarian programming processes and, where possible, adapt development programming over time.
Examples of strategic objectives and indicators
Sample strategic objectives and related indicators, to be used as a guide by the HCT when developing strategic objectives. All baselines and targets in the document are for illustrative purposes only
Examples of cluster indicators
This document provides examples of cluster-level indicators for use in humanitarian response plan. Please note that these are not globally-approved or agreed or in any sense mandatory, but simply examples of well-written indicators based on good practice.
Prioritisation within the HPC
SRP Guidance annex - Environment marker
This document informs on when and how the environment marker can be used. The document can be used by partners and clusters at the project development stage and by donors to screen projects for potential environmental impact.