Accountability framework for the inter-agency standing committee policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian action

Date published
06 Nov 2017
Plans, policy and strategy
Capacity development, Gender, System-wide performance

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls (GEEWG) in Humanitarian Action guides the IASC to make gender equality core to its humanitarian action. It lays out measures for the IASC at global and field level to integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls into all its preparedness, response and recovery efforts. This Accountability Framework accompanies the Policy, as it is designed to assist the IASC hold itself accountable for its implementation. It focuses on the collective actions of the IASC vis-à-vis GEEWG. It defines the monitoring of the collective performance of the IASC on standards defined in the Policy, as well as the performance of IASC bodies with regards to fulfilling their roles and responsibilities listed in the Policy. It further establishes reporting facilities and ways of information-sharing in order to foster closer coordination and cooperation among IASC bodies and Members and Standing Invitees. The overall aims of the Accountability Framework are the monitoring of collective actions to promote GEEWG; to help the IASC to prioritize better in regards to GEEWG; the development of a ‘shared agenda’ on GEEWG; and to further foster a culture of accountability within the IASC in regards to the promotion of gender equality issues.