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ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective

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ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective...
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Established in 1962 by a small coalition of refugee and migration focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ICVA has grown into...
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Read ICVA's Strategic Priorities for 2022-2024

The vision of ICVA is a world in which crises-affected populations are effectively protected, assisted, and enabled to rebuild their lives and livelihoods with dignity.


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Annual Report
5 May, 2022
ICVA Annual Report 2021
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2021 ICVA Annual Report

Our 2021 Annual Report mirrors the strength that ICVA and its members gain from our solidarity and common values. Explore our learnings from a year of coordination, cooperation and collaboration in humanitarian action.

Mobile Guides
14 April, 2022
Free Course – Risk Management and Funding Partnerships
Subject / Risk / humanitarian financing /

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) has partnered with DisasterReady to make free online learning resources available for humanitarian aid and development professionals to better understand how to apply risk management best practices in their daily work.  Partnerships are a key component for improving the efficiency and impact of humanitarian action.  Many international aid organizations rely on national partners and actors to implement programs and deliver assistance to people and communities affected by crisis, especially in areas with limited humanitarian access.  Risk management:

  • Is an important process for organizations who receive funding to work with partners and also for donors, such as the United Nations and governments who fund humanitarian operations.
  • Enables organizations to identify and mitigate risks related to funding partnerships, leading to better outcomes for affected populations and improved relationships with donors.
  • Enables organizations who receive funding to select the right partners to work with and determine how best to engage them in their programs.

What you will learn

In this 10-minute course, you will learn best practices for managing operational challenges and risks affecting funding partnerships in the humanitarian sector. This resource provides guidance for applying risk management practices to select and engage with partner organizations in programs that are funded by external donors.​

This online course comes with a downloadable PDF for offline use and works great on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

How to register

To access this free, online training resource go to DisasterReady.org to create your free account, log in, and search for “Risk Management and Funding Partnerships.”

Briefing Paper
8 April, 2022
The Grand Bargain 2.0 Explained – An ICVA Briefing Paper (2022)
Subject / Grand Bargain / humanitarian financing /
The Grand Bargain Explained - An ICVA Briefing Paper

Following the ‘Grand Bargain explained’ paper published in March 2017, ICVA has drafted the ‘Grand Bargain 2.0 explained’ briefing paper to support humanitarian actors, particularly NGOs, to better understand and engage in this new phase of the Grand Bargain 2.0 from 2021 – 2023.



Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
17 March, 2022
Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
Subject / Learning / Cross-cutting issues /

This learning stream provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating action and increasing environmental sustainability. The series focuses on practical ways of applying the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice.

Topics covered in this webinar series include:

  • Understanding and Integrating Climate and Environment Risk Data in Humanitarian Action
  • Embracing the leadership of local actors and communities in community action
  • Practical tools and initiatives for reducing environmental impact in humanitarian action
  • Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work
  • Adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises
  • The Climate and Environment Charter for humanitarian organisations

Next Events

ICVA 60 Years Commemoration
22 February, 2022
ICVA 60 Years Commemoration
Subject / Africa region / Middle East and North Africa region / Asia region / Latin America / ICVA /
Years Commemoration

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) was established in 1962 as the successor organisation of the Conference on Non-Governmental Organizations interested in Migration, the Standing Conference for Voluntary Agencies Working for Refugees, and the International Committee for World Refugee Year. This year, ICVA will be commemorating its 60th anniversary on Wednesday, 18 May 2022 on-line and in Geneva and on separate dates in the regions.

For 60 years we have remained committed to our mission of making humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice. The External Impact Study concludes that ICVA has had significant impact whether viewing the work through the lens of the Focus Areas, the defined ways of working,  the documented added value of ICVA or the collective achievements of the ICVA members, the ICVA board and the ICVA Secretariat team. The commemoration will be an opportunity to reflect on our past, present and future as well as re-enforce the ICVA 2030 ambitions.


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