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Explore the Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF), a new approach to analysing multiple needs in a crisis.

JIAF 2.0 is the revamped Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF) and it sets global standards for the analysis and estimation of humanitarian needs and protection risks.

Since 2020, countries preparing humanitarian responses within the Humanitarian Programme Cycle have been using this enhanced approach to inform their country Humanitarian Needs Overviews (HNOs).

The JIAF provides: 

  •  An estimation of the overall magnitude of a crisis: How many people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, irrespective of the sectors from which their needs arise;
  • An estimation of intersectoral severity: How severe is the humanitarian situation that results from the compounding effect of overlapping sectoral needs;
  • Estimation of sectoral needs in an interoperable and commonly understood way: How people face needs in specific sectors;
  • Identification of linkages and overlaps between sectoral needs: How people’s multiple needs overlap, co-exist and interrelate;  
  • Identification of those most affected: Which population groups and geographic areas face the most needs;
  • An explanation of the drivers: Why a crisis is happening and what is the underlying context.  

All these outputs look across traditional sectors to give a ‘people-centred’ overview of needs. This shifts the focus from the sectoral lens of aid providers to the experience of affected populations.    

The ultimate aim of the JIAF is to improve the way humanitarian actors jointly plan and respond to crises. By better understanding who is affected, how, and why, JIAF outputs can help inform joined-up and cross-sectoral responses, such as multi-purpose cash assistance and area-based programming.

Following an independent review in 2021, UN agencies, NGOs, specialized agencies, clusters and donors joined forces to further strengthen and adapt the methodology. JIAF 2.0 builds on learning from the application of the JIAF 1 and a two-year process of consultations, re-design, testing and learning, including academic and applied research. 

The JIAF Steering Committee endorsed JIAF 2.0 in May 2023. The methodology is first rolled out with the Humanitarian Programme Cycle 2024.


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