Become a Member



ICVA represents over 100 NGOs from around the world engaged in humanitarian action.

If you are interested in joining the ICVA network please contact the Secretariat on


Why join ICVA?

As a unique global network of NGOs, ICVA offers the following to its members:

  • Opportunities to network, connect and exchange within a very diverse global NGO membership – including international, regional and national NGOs, as well as other humanitarian stakeholders
  • A collective and amplified voice to engage directly on humanitarian issues – through ICVA’s seats on the IASC bodies, and long-standing working relationships with UN agencies
  • Regional representatives – able to link field‐level humanitarian practice to global policy‐making bodies in Geneva and New York
  • Information and analysis for the membership – on partnership, practice and policy, and on key themes affecting operational developments in the humanitarian domain.


Membership criteria

To be a member of ICVA organisations must have humanitarian or human rights programmes and/or activities that relate to making humanitarian action more principled and effective.

The ICVA Statutes outline the types of organisations eligible for ICVA membership as follows:

  1. International voluntary agencies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), that is, organisations that operate outside their country of origin. This category also includes families or federations of NGOs that share a common name, but that have chapters or operations in different countries;
  2. Consortia, networks, and groups of different NGOs that have joined together to enhance the effectiveness of their work. Such groups may represent NGOs from one or more countries or they may be regional or global in scope;
  3. National voluntary agencies or national non-governmental organisations, (NGOs) that operate only within their organisation’s country of origin, and have demonstrated a commitment to translating their work to the international level; or have specific expertise that will assist ICVA in achieving its mission. 

The criteria for ICVA membership are further defined by the ICVA By-Law on Eligibility for Membership.


Commitments by Members

New members are asked for a commitment to participate in ICVA’s activities as outlined in the ICVA 2019-2021 Strategy

In addition, the ICVA membership aims to be a network of NGOs that is recognised for the quality and accountability of their work and members are encouraged to demonstrate, in all relevant situations, a commitment to:


  1. Humanitarian principles, including the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
  2. Collaboration with other NGOs and/or partner agencies, in line with the Principles of Partnership.
  3. Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse as guided by the Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnel, and ICVA members commitement  and motion to action on PSEA and sexual harrasement
  4. Quality and accountability in humanitarian action, including use of the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.


Observer status

A voluntary agency that wishes to participate in the ICVA network but which, because of constitutional constraints or reasons of principle, cannot be associated with the views and/or positions adopted by ICVA, may apply for Observer status.


Affiliate Membership

The ICVA Affiliate membership category is for academic and research institutes and provides a means to make better links between their work and the work of ICVA members. ICVA Affiliates receive full access to the ICVA website and documents, meetings, and participation at General Assemblies, however, they do not have the right to vote or hold office.


For more information about membership and to apply please contact the Secretariat on