The ‘cluster approach’, which was introduced in 2005, is the most visible and possibly most ambitious aspect of the humanitarian reform agenda. It aims to make humanitarian response more predictable by introducing a system for organising sectoral coordination among humanitarian actors. The objective is also to facilitate more predictable leadership, improved planning and prioritisation and enhanced accountability. Strengthened partnerships between humanitarian actors was subsequently added and has now become an integral part of the reform agenda.
Humanitarian Reform: Basic Information Leaflet Series - NGOs, Clusters and Other Humanitarian Coordination Mechanisms