18th ICVA General Assembly May 2021

Every three years ICVA’s General Assembly brings ICVA members together to celebrate the network and agree on a long-term strategy and strategic priorities for the following three years. It is also the time when the General Assembly elects a new Board and Chair, and discusses other business matters, such as amending the ICVA Statutes. 


18th General Assembly 2021

This meeting took place virtually on the 18 & 19 May 2021.

View the  Agenda and working documents


ICVA Board and Chair Elections


The General Assembly elected a new ICVA Board and Chair. 

We are pleased to inform you that the following member organisations and their representatives make up the ICVA Board:

  • Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA) - Mr Wossen Taye Tesfaye
  • Amel Association International - Ms Virginie Lefèvre
  • Amity Foundation- Ms Chunxiang Ling
  • Christian Aid - Ms Jane Backhurst- Chair
  • Concern Worldwide - Ms Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair
  • Dignidad y Justicia en el Camino A.C. (FM4 Paso Libre) - Mr Luis Enrique Gonzalez Araiza
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide - Ms Shahin Ashraf 
  • Translators without Borders – Ms Aimee Ansari
  • War Child - Dr Unni Krishnan – Vice-Chair

The General Assembly elected Ms Jane Backhurst of Christian Aid as Chair. 

The Board at their first meeting on 20th May, elected Dr Unni Krishnan as Vice-Chair.




ICVA 2030 Strategy

The ICVA 2030 Strategy was adopted by the 18th General Assembly.

This document sets the framework for the direction and focus of ICVA’s work over the next nine years, as we evolve and transform our network. Rooting us more deeply in our vision and mission of principled and effective humanitarian action, this strategy sets out our collective values, our ways of working and our aspirational transformations. We will continue to work on focus areas best serving our members and the sector as a whole. Our added value is rooted in our work explaining & analysing, convening, brokering, influencing & advocating, supporting, and collaborating.

View the ICVA 2030 Strategy


Strategic Priorities 2022-2024

The Strategic Priorities 2022-2024 were adopted by the 18th General Assembly.

These priorities are drawn from the 2030 strategic vision, providing a more specific focus for the period 2022-2024. On the basis of these priorities, the Secretariat will develop a three-year plan 2022-2024 for Board approval in November 2021. The plan will include specific choices on content of ICVAs work, enabling strategies, the resource planning and requirements and a set of performance indicators

View the Strategic Priorities 2022-2024


Commitment and Motion to Action on Climate and Environment

Members approved  the Commitment and Motion to Action on Climate and Environment.

Addressing the climate and environment crises is a top priority for ICVA as adopted in the ICVA 2030 strategy.  We send a clear signal that humanitarian organisations have a key role to play in addressing the crises.

View the Commitment and Motion to Action on Climate and Environment


ICVA Statutes

The ICVA Statutes set out the mandate of ICVA and outlines the official rules and regulations that govern ICVA and the General Assembly.

Members approved  proposed amendments to the Statutes.

View the Statutes 2021


Reaffirmation of Principles

Members reaffirmed the principles and standards they adopted individually when joining ICVA and/or reaffirmed individually in 2017.

The principles and standards are related to:

  • Humanitarian principles
  • Principles of Partnership
  • Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse 
  • Quality and accountability in humanitarian action





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