Navigating Change Learning Stream

Humanitarians operate in a constantly changing environment. New emergencies, technological evolutions, and changing political landscapes constantly pose new challenges and prompt new approaches for humanitarian action. In many parts of the world, respect for humanitarian principles is eroding and so too is the NGOs’ space to operate.  The humanitarian community struggles to keep up with the multiple reforms, initiatives and discussions that are happening at the global policy level and at the regional and country levels.

In this context, ICVA and PHAP’s fourth online Learning Stream “Navigating Change” provides a platform for the NGO community to better understand changes affecting the humanitarian sector.

This Learning Stream provides NGO staff, including field, policy and headquarter staff an opportunity to:

  1. have an overview on the global-level policy discussions on humanitarian action
  2. explore the avenues available for humanitarian actors to engage in policy discussions at global, regional and country levels
  3. understand what such a changing landscape means for them
  4. hear from different actors working on these issues on how to build synergies
Topic One

Localization: Perspectives of Change...

An insight on how governments, private donors, the business community, and diaspora actors see current opportunities, trends, and challenges....
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Introduction

Localization is the process through which a diverse range of humanitarian actors are attempting, each in their own way, to ensure local and national actors are better engaged in the planning, delivery and accountability of humanitarian action, while still ensuring humanitarian needs can be met swiftly, effectively and in a principled manner.

Why localization

Localization creates an opportunity to critically examine and improve the overall structure and functionality of the humanitarian system by:

  1. Strengthening inclusion of, accountability to, and acceptance by affected populations
  2. Increasing resilience through linking preparedness, response and recovery efforts
  3. Enhancing the speed, quality and scale of humanitarian response
  4. Adding value through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian action
  5. Promoting diversity and supporting innovative and contextual approaches

 

Localization: Perspectives on change

This webinar provides an overview of the concept of localization in the humanitarian sector, how it has evolved, and how it is currently used. It was organized by ICVA and PHAP.

The following are the speakers.

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Rahmawati Husein
Vice Chair of Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Centre (MDMC) and member of the Advisory Board, Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB)
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Firzan Hashim
Country Director, Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD SL)
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Rabiah Nasir-Habeeb
Trustee, Foundation for Refugee Economic Empowerment (F.R.E.E.)

The following are the co-hosts.

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Angharad Laing
Executive Director, PHAP​
Kathrine Vad
Kathrine Vad
Environment and Climate Change Adviser - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Topic One Resources

ICVA Paper
1 October 2019
ICVA Briefing Paper: Unpacking Localization
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Localization / Learning /
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Description

ICVA and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy have developed this paper to support local, national and international NGOs to ‘unpack’ localization in a constructive manner.

ICVA Paper
24 September 2018
Localization Examined: An ICVA Briefing Paper
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Localization / Learning /
2021-08-24_13-12-26
Description

This briefing paper is based on a review of documents as well as ICVA’s participation in ongoing localization-related evaluations, research, working groups, workshops and dialogues.

Topic Two

How do NGOs navigate the shrinking civil society space?...

An overview of current challenges and trends regarding civil society space and how NGOs and other actors are working to counter initiatives that shrink this space....
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Introduction

The webinar on “How do NGOs navigate shrinking civil society space”, was an opportunity to hear from NGOs and different actors’ on current challenges and trends regarding civil society space. The webinar provided an opportunity to have a broader discussion on how to connect and collaborate with other actors already working on shrinking space, possible counterstrategies, and ways forward.

This webinar aimed at answering the following questions:

  • What measures are being put in place to restrict the operations of NGOs and how are humanitarian NGOs affected?
  • What are NGOs and other actors doing to navigate shrinking and changing space for civil society?
  • How can NGOs improve their engagement with other actors and partners and connect and collaborate?
How do NGOs navigate shrinking civil society space?

In this webinar NGOs and different actors share on current challenges and trends regarding civil society space. It was organized by ICVA and PHAP.

How do NGOs navigate shrinking civil society space?

In this podcast, NGOs and different actors share on current challenges and trends regarding civil society space. Listen now.

The following are the speakers.

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David Moore
Vice President - Legal Affairs, International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
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Emma O'Leary
Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
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Pius Ojara
Director, South Sudan NGO Forum
Thomas Hansen
Thomas Nikolaj Hansen
Senior Policy Advisor, Team Leader for Civil Society Team, Department for Humanitarian Action, Migration and Civil Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

The following are the co-hosts.

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Angharad Laing
Executive Director, PHAP​
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Nishanie Jayamaha
Learning, Programme and Climate Change Coordinator, ICVA
Topic Two resources

ICVA Paper
24 June 2019
Scoping study: civil society space in humanitarian action
Subject/ Civil society space / Learning /
2021-08-24_13-40-24
Description

The scoping study on civil society space in humanitarian action

Topic Three

Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action: What next after the guidelines?...

An introduction to the guidelines for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action and how they can be implemented in practice....
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Introduction

The IASC recently endorsed guidelines for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. How can these guidelines help make humanitarian action more inclusive? Join us on 26 February for a webinar, organized by ICVA and PHAP together with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) secretariat and the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, which will introduce the guidelines and discuss how they can be implemented in practice. We will be joined by the three interim co-chairs of the Reference Group, as well as one of the NGOs that has been implementing the IASC Guidelines in their organization.

The webinar will aim at:

  • providing practical guidance on including persons with disabilities in humanitarian programming and coordination;
  • Increasing capacity among humanitarian stakeholders to develop and implement quality programs that are inclusive of persons with disabilities;
  • describing the roles and responsibilities of humanitarian stakeholders to include persons with disabilities in humanitarian action; and
  • increasing and improve the participation of persons with disabilities and organization of persons with disabilities in preparedness, response and recovery
Persons with disabilities in humanitarian response: Guidelines for inclusive humanitarian action

This webinar recording introduces the guidelines for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action and discusses how they can be implemented in practice. The webinar was organized by ICVA, PHAP, and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

The following are the speakers.

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Sien Andries
Inclusive Humanitarian Action Specialist, Humanity and Inclusion
CalmaAllan
Allan A. Calma
Global Humanitarian Coordinator, Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
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Kirstin Lange
Programme Specialist (Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action), UNICEF
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Elham Youssefian
Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor, International Disability Alliance

The following are the co-hosts.

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Angharad Laing
Executive Director, PHAP​
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Mirela Shuteriqi