• The Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) is designed to identify strategic humanitarian priorities during the first weeks following an emergency.
• The main benefit of the MIRA is the elaboration, from the onset of the crisis, of a concerted operational picture based on the best information available from primary and secondary sources.
• This picture is expressed through two key products: a Preliminary Scenario Definition, issued 72 hours after the disaster’s onset, and a MIRA Report, released after 2 weeks.
• It is consistent with the IASC Operational Guidance for Coordinated Assessments in Humanitarian Crises, which calls for the implementation of a joint assessment during the first two phases of an emergency and, thereafter, for the coordination of in-depth agency and cluster assessments.
• The MIRA is the first step in the humanitarian country team’s response to an emergency. Based on its findings, humanitarian actors can develop a joint strategic plan, mobilize resources and monitor the situation and the response. However, the MIRA should not be expected to provide detailed information for the design of localized response projects.
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NB. A revised verison of this Guidance was published in July 2015 - please see below under Related Content.