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Manuals, Toolkits and Guidance

Humanitarian Indicator Registry

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UNOCHA, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The humanitarian indicator registry is complementary to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) reference module. The indicators listed in the registry have been developed by the global clusters. While recognising that indicators cannot be fully standardised across countries, given the vast range of emergencies and country contexts, it is recommend to adopt and use the indicators listed as ‘key’  to allow comparison of needs and response monitoring across countries.

The registry will be reviewed and enhanced over the next few months to allow for periodic updates from the field and better compilation of multi-sectoral indicator selections. Clusters/Sectors at the field level are encouraged to contact their Global Cluster Coordinators for further guidance.

The registry is a guidance tool for countries to select indicators, and where possible seek standard definitions and applications of those indicators. It lists the principal needs and response monitoring indicators for each cluster and provides a unique identifier, similar to a p-code, for every indicator. The registry offers also search, filter and export functions.

The reference indicators may be used to track needs over time and to support monitoring along the programme cycle. They can be used for analysis and reporting and may feature in humanitarian needs overviews, strategic planning and monitoring documents, humanitarian dashboards and bulletins.

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