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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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