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Humanitarian preparedness and response

MFAT-DFAT Humanitarian Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Pacific


This Monitoring and Evaluation Framework has been developed jointly by New Zealand (MFAT) and Australia (DFAT) as part of ongoing donor efforts to improve responses to rapid onset disasters in the Pacific.

The purpose of the Framework is to:

  • Support DFAT and MFAT decision-making during responses
  • Improve the evidence base on the impact of humanitarian response efforts
  • Improve the effectiveness of future responses through identification of lessons
  • Support better communication of the difference made for affected populations.

Humanitarian policy

The Framework reflects and aligns the humanitarian policies and strategies of New Zealand and Australia through six Strategic Result Statements. It is designed to link preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

In addition to reflecting the humanitarian strategies and policies of both countries and the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria, the Framework incorporates World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain commitments, and reflects the Sphere Humanitarian Charter, its Protection Principles and the Quality Criteria of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability.


The Framework is scalable and intended to be applied in a manner proportionate to each response. The Framework may not be fully operationalised and reported against in every response to rapid onset disasters in the Pacific. The nature and scale of each response will determine which monitoring enquiry areas and indicators are most applicable. Where appropriate, the Framework can be used to guide the design and focus of strategic humanitarian evaluations that DFAT and/or MFAT may commission.

While MFAT and DFAT will systematically draw on components of this framework, other humanitarian partners may find that only certain aspects are relevant to their efforts.

Pilot and review

The Framework was piloted by DFAT and MFAT during the response to Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga in February 2018. A subsequent joint MFAT-DFAT review substantiated the value of the Framework as a tool for improving the quality and effectiveness of our humanitarian response.

Living document

The Framework will continue to be reviewed and updated annually to ensure it remains fit for purpose. These updates will include constructive dialogue with interested parties. As opportunities arise, MFAT and DFAT will discuss MEF implementation with whole of government partners, Pacific island governments, civil society representatives and other international aid actors in the Pacific.

Full Publication

MFAT-DFAT Humanitarian Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Pacific

Last Updated: 17 December 2018
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