The ICVA regional hub in West Africa (based in Dakar, Senegal) was established in November 2013, following consultations held with member agencies. Liliane Bitong Ambassa was appointed as the Regional representative for the region. It is hosted by ICVA members’ Plan International. Since opening, the hub has engaged in a number of projects, facilitations and missions that have fed into ICVA's global and regional address to its core focus areas of forced displacement, humanitarian partnership, coordination and financing. The ICVA West Africa regional hub, along with the other ICVA hubs in Asia and MENA, support NGO consortia and strengthen links between national NGOs, international counterparts and various UN agencies. It covers West African, but also Central African countries.
In 2014, the escalation of the Ebola crisis in West Africa confronted the humanitarian system in new and unexpected ways. This unprecedented outbreak created the need for different forms of collaboration and coordination. The ICVA West Africa regional hub convenes NGOs for information sharing and collective advocacy.
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Beatrice Coly, Regional Programme and Advocacy Officer. Beatrice has strong experience in academic research and project management in Canada and West Africa. She previously worked for the Research Centre of Public Law affiliated to Montreal University as a Research associate. She then worked in Public Health for various research projects in Quebec and moved back to Senegal where she worked on research ethics in the West African Region, and later as an Outreach Programme Manager and a Research Officer in a Reproductive Health INGO. She holds a B.Sc. in Sociology and a Second degree Diploma in Bioethics from Montreal University, Canada
February 2016: Visite au Nigeria – Nigeria trip The ICVA team visited the capital Abuja and Maiduguri in Borno State and met with the INGO Forum Coordinator, members of the INGO Forum, national NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities and member state donors. They visited internally displaced people (IDPs) in host communities in Abuja, and IDPs in formal camps and informal sites in Maiduguri. Please find report here (Nigeria report)
Februray 2016. NGOs Humanitarian coordinators of the lake Chad basin meeting at OCHA -February, 16
January 2016: NGOs meeting on the Lake Chad basin - January, 14 The ICVA team met with Dakar based NGOs advocating for the Lake Chad Basin to devise ways to raise the profile of the humanitarian crisis.
June 2015: ICVA West Africa participated in the WHS West Africa regional dialogue on ‘Engaging the Private Sector in Humanitarian Action” which took place in Abidjan. It brought together private sector actors and humanitarian organisations to review regional examples of partnership and identify best practices. ICVA WA participated as panelist in the session on “Experiences and lessons learnt in Ebola Tresponse and chaired the working group on partnering in crisis response and recovery. The report of the workshop will be available shortly.
May 2015: ICVA members meeting. The ICVA West Africa hub hosted a members’ meeting in Dakar which was attended by representatives from ACF, ACTED, ActionAid, Caritas Senegal, Intersos, OFADEC, Oxfam, Plan International, World Vision. The meeting minutes and video can be found here. Photos.
The report can be found here.
The Regional Representative also wrote a personal perspective on cluster system coordination vs government-led coordination, which will be available shortly..
December 2014: In Dakar on 10-11 December 2014 ICVA supported two interactive events to advance UNHCR-NGO partnership in West Africa: the first an NGO-only workshop on partnership, and the second was a UNHCR-NGO consultation. They came as part of the follow-up to the High Commissioner’s Structured Dialogue on partnership with NGOs and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, which was initiated in 2011 to review and strengthen collaboration in the field. The workshop goals were to facilitate discussion among partners on their experiences working together, to disseminate the Dialogue in the region, and to develop an action plan for further strengthening partnership in West Africa. The workshop report can be accessed here.