COVID-19 and ICVA: Effective and principled response needed more than ever.



ICVA is a diverse network of over 130 NGO members operating in 160 countries at global, regional, and national levels. ICVA has an outreach of more than 8’000 humanitarian organisations and the annual operational footprint of its members exceeds 20 billion USD operated by 300’000 staff.  The ICVA Secretariat is present in Geneva and through regional hubs in Africa, Asia & Pacific and Middle East & North Africa

ICVA connects, convenes, influences & advocates, supports as well as analyses & explains to develop diverse models and forms of engagement and partnerships.

The ICVA COVID-19 Statement issued 17th March sets the priorities for ICVA in its engagement in preparedness and response to COVID-19.  The ICVA Bulletins report back on how ICVA members advocate for the protection of the most vulnerable in ongoing humanitarian operations and ensure affected persons access aid, assistance and protection.

ICVA’s first-ever Virtual Annual Conference on 18 March hosted inspiring discussions on risk to principled humanitarian action and in turn the risks taken by NGOs to deliver effective and efficient humanitarian assistance to those most in need.

Faced with this new pandemic, ICVA members are delivering to their mandate, while adapting their operations, to reduce risks for populations and keep their staff and organisations safe.  


Managing COVID-19 as a cross-cutting issue throughout the existing focus areas.

While COVID-19 imposes serious challenges to all our societies, ICVA is working with its members to explore it also as an opportunity to re-think the way of working and increase NGO influence in the humanitarian sector and beyond.

In addressing COVID-19 and existing crises, as a priority we aim at:

1. Maintaining the momentum on policy process and their implementation in protecting, assisting and advocating for refuges, internally displaced people, migrants and host communities particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.  

 Forced migration


2. Adapting the response through the elevation of community voices and social insights, and by duly reflecting diversity considerations, such as gender, age and disability into decision-making.

Navigating Change - Diversity and inclusion


3. Supporting the leadership, delivery and capacity of local and national actors for a principled humanitarian response in the context of the COVID-19 response.

Navigating Change - LocalizationNGO Fora Support Programme


4. Consolidating the critical and constructive dialogue of NGOs with UN and other humanitarian actors to strengthen the global humanitarian response to COVID-19.

Humanitarian coordination


5. Maintaining donor support to existing humanitarian programmes and ensuring flexible and unearmarked funding for NGOs as well as enhanced harmonisation and simplification of administrative procedures including reporting requirements, to enable a more agile and adaptable humanitarian response in particular for the COVID-19 humanitarian response.

Humanitarian financing


6. Engaging with private sector leadership platforms and networks to offer joint space for NGOs and business community to see how best get involved and what needs to be done to make the involvement on COVID-19 humanitarian response as effective as possible.

Engaging with Private Sector


7. Learning from COVID-19 and scanning the horizon on the challenges for the humanitarian space, on the future of civil society organisations and on the 2030 ICVA strategy.

ICVA 2030



More information

COVID-19 Resources - a collection of guidelines, tools, statements, papers and useful links which are relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic.