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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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Latest Updates

Vacancy Notice
28 September, 2022
Vacancy – Policy Consultancy on Improved NGO Engagement with Humanitarian Pooled Funds
Subject / Financing / humanitarian financing / country based pooled funds /

ICVA has been closely engaged with pooled funding, particularly through its role as part of the Pooled Fund Working Group supporting CBPFs. There is also a significant body of knowledge that exists in the form of studies and policy papers focused on pooled funding. Through this consultancy, ICVA is seeking to consolidate this knowledge into more accessible form for its NGO members, in particular national and local members, identify gaps that exist, and support development of a forward-looking policy position on the best use of pooled funding to meet the needs of people in crisis.

Application deadline: 14 October 2022

Location: Geneva or Home-based in a similar time zone

Starting date and duration: Starting in October and 26 working days over a period of 2 months

Check out more information in the below link and apply.

Briefing paper
9 September, 2022
Principles of Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Response in Humanitarian Contexts
Subject / Coordination / COVID-19 /
Principles Covid-19

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still not over and the WHO continues to classify COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the world has largely moved on.

This paper lays out six principles that will strengthen effective and timely pandemic response in humanitarian settings for both this pandemic and the next.

9 September, 2022
ICVA at 60 – Online and Interactive Timeline
Subject / ICVA / History /

Explore our online and interactive timeline marking our 60 years of making humanitarian action more principled and effective.



Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
28 August, 2022
Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
Subject / Learning / Cross-cutting issues /
The Road to COP27: Why should humanitarian NGOs engage?

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 Climate Change Loss and Damage and Links to Humanitarian Action
  • The Road to COP27: Why should humanitarian NGOs engage?
  • 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

19 September, 2022
ICVA Annual Conference 2023
Subject / humanitarian financing / Annual Conference / Grand Bargain / Localization / Nexus /
2 August, 2022
CHS Exchange conference
Subject / Humanitarian principles /


We still have a long way to go to achieve our goal of being more accountable to people in crisis. For this to happen, we need a fundamental shift in how we work as individuals, as teams, as organisations, as a system.

We need to work on solutions together. Harnessing the collective power of the CHS Alliance movement is key to making the urgent changes we know are needed so that people affected by crises can hold organisations accountable for how they use power. How we can do this more effectively will be a core discussion at our upcoming two-day virtual CHS Exchange conference 27-28 September, followed by our Members’ General Assembly, 29 September.

Join us to:

  • Be the first to hear new insights into the current state of accountability to affected people at the launch of the 2022 Humanitarian Accountability Report: Accountability is Non-Negotiable.
  • Explore how we can work better together to build a collective approach to accountability.
  • Have your say on the future of the CHS together with your peers.
  • Be inspired by a case study of how one CHS Alliance member is taking a whole of whole organisation approach to accountability.

For more information see the registration website

8 August, 2022
Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week 2022
Subject / Asia region /

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), Community World Service Asia (CWSA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), are collectively planning a Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week (RHPW) 2022, which will primarily be face-to-face, with some hybrid sessions. The event will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 9th to 14th December 2022. 


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