Interagency mission on Multi-year planning
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Mission Report

The World Humanitarian Summit has brought a new momentum to humanitarian action, calling on the international community to adjust working modalities in order to respond more effectively to the rapidly changing operational landscape, particularly by strengthening the linkages between humanitarian, peace and development communities of practice. The WHS outcomes, including the Grand Bargain, recognized that crises have evolved in a protracted way, posing a challenge to both humanitarian and development modus operandi, and requiring a new approach which will ensure a greater coherence between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors. Against the backdrop of these global processes, Humanitarian Country Teams in several countries have decided to shift to a multi-year plan in 2017 in an effort to efficiently achieve collective outcomes – namely, Somalia, Sudan, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Haiti - including DRC.

In August 2015, after several discussions amongst all the key platforms and coordination structures engaged in the humanitarian response planning, the HCT in DRC voted in favour of the adoption of a three-year plan (2017-2019) with three main objectives:


  • - Strengthen the collaboration and linkages among the different humanitarian, development, stabilization and peacekeeping planning frameworks. The simultaneous revision or preparation of different strategic planning documents - the new UNDAF (2018-2022), the Plan National Stratégique de Développement (PNSD 2017-2021), the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework (CPF 2017-2021), and the new multi-year HRP - currently ongoing in DRC.
  • - Ensure a more sustainable and effective response by adopting a longer-term time horizon and a multi-sectoral approach. A multi-year humanitarian plan will contribute to improving the collaboration of all actors, by decreasing the need for humanitarian assistance with a progressive transfer of responsibility to national and local authorities, and development partners. 2017 will be a year of transition, to allow all the partners engaged in the Plan d’Action Humanitaire (PAH, which is the Humanitarian Response Plan in DRC) to have enough time to adjust their planning methodologies.
  • - Support local and national authorities more closely and in a more fruitful way. Addressing protracted needs and vulnerabilities requires a more holistic and coherent approach, which will maximizes expertise and efforts of all local, national and international actors.