Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week – Asia Pacific 2023



The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), Community World Service Asia (CWSA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)


Conference, Meeting




Asia region
humanitarian financing
Climate & environment


Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week – Asia Pacific 2023

Theme: Putting Theory into Practice: Locally-led solutions in Humanitarian Action

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), Community World Service Asia (CWSA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), are collectively planning a Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week (RHPW) 2023.

Date: 11-13 December 2023

Venue: TBC, Bangkok, Thailand


The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half of the world’s population and hosts some of the most complex and protracted humanitarian crises. In the face of growing humanitarian needs and shrinking resources, local actors have demonstrated their resilience, innovation, and leadership in responding to crises and supporting their communities. This year, the Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week aims to highlight the value and potential of locally led solutions for humanitarian response in the region and to foster collaboration, partnerships, and learning among different stakeholders.

It will feature presentations, panels, workshops, and networking sessions that will showcase good practices, challenges, and opportunities for enhancing local humanitarian action. The conference will also explore how to address the systemic barriers and enablers for localisation, and how to promote a more inclusive, diverse, and accountable humanitarian system that puts local communities at the center. Under this theme, each day will have a different sub-theme that participants can use to provoke discussion and highlight solutions/resources, lessons learned and good practices, and collaborations, being undertaken to address some of the most complicated issues we face in the region.


Day 1 (11 December 2023) - Navigating the NEXUS: Challenges & Opportunities for Principled Humanitarian Action

  • How can humanitarian actors uphold their principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence in the context of the nexus, where development and peace actors may have different priorities and interests?
  • What are the main benefits and risks of applying a nexus approach to humanitarian action, especially in protracted crises, complex emergencies, or situations of chronic vulnerability?
  • How can humanitarian actors coordinate and collaborate effectively with development, peace, and private sector actors within the nexus framework, while respecting their respective mandates, roles, and comparative advantages?
  • How can humanitarian actors enhance coordination and collaboration across the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus in humanitarian action?
  • How can humanitarian actors ensure accountability to affected populations (AAP) and safeguarding of beneficiaries and staff in humanitarian action?
  • How can humanitarian actors advocate for and promote AAP as a cross-cutting issue that requires collective action and coordination among all humanitarian stakeholders?
  • How can development and humanitarian and peace actors work together to reduce the impact of disasters?

Day 2 (12 December 2023) - Bridging the Gap: Innovative Solutions for Humanitarian Financing in a Time of Crisis

  • How can humanitarian actors diversify and expand their funding sources and partners, including through engaging with the private sector, diaspora, climate funds and new donors?
  • How can humanitarian actors communicate and engage with their donors, partners, staff, beneficiaries, media and the public on their financing performance, achievements, challenges, lessons learned?
  • What are the best practices and lessons learned from existing partnerships and initiatives that involve the private sector, local actors, and donors?
  • How can pooled funds support access for local actors? What initiatives have been taken to reduce due diligence requirements for local actors?

Day 3 (13 December 2023) - Climate Action for Humanitarian Outcomes: How Local Actors Can Lead the Way

  • How does climate change affect the patterns and drivers of displacement, especially in conflict-affected regions?
  • What are the locally-led mitigations and adaptive measures to prevent large scale displacement?
  • How can local actors adapt and respond to the future impacts of climate change on humanitarian needs and contexts?
  • How can local actors working on climate and DRR collaborate and coordinate with other stakeholders in humanitarian action?
  • How can local actors influence and advocate for principled humanitarian action at the global level?
Speakers and Format


This regional event is designed for various stakeholders in the humanitarian sector and aims to foster collaboration and innovation among non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs), academia, think tanks, and international bodies such as the United Nations, and international financial institution such as Asian Development Bank, World Bank etc. By joining this event, participants will have the opportunity to network with like-minded entities, share best practices and challenges, and learn from experts and peers. As this event is aimed at creating space for dialogue and exchange among humanitarian practitioners, participation by CSOs and NGOs will be prioritised.

Format of the Event

The event will take place in-person in Bangkok, Thailand, although some speakers may be online. The venue will be shared closer to the event.

Timelines and Contacts

Key Timeline

PUBLIC registration| 04 August- 15 November 2023
PUBLIC expression of interest open| EOI 04 August 2023- 20 September 2023
PUBLIC invitation /visa letter request| 01 August – 30 October 2023
PUBLIC acceptance email to organisers and registrants| 25 September 2023
PUBLIC logistics guidelines and sponsorship information| 25 October 2023

For Queries and Suggestions

ADRRN: Takeshi Komino
CWSA: Palwashay Arbab
ICVA: Asma Saleem
OCHA: Daniel Gilman / Juliana Teoh

Concept Note
4 August 2023
Concept Note - Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week Asia Pacific 2023
Subject/ Asia region /
RHPW 2023 Backdrop revised

The Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week (RHPW) is a joint initiative of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), Community World Service Asia (CWSA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). RHPW aims to bring together hundreds of humanitarian practitioners from various sectors across the Asia-Pacific region to exchange best practices, foster collaboration and strengthen partnerships for effective humanitarian programming and service delivery to affected people.

Click on the below link to read more information in the Concept Note.

14 – 15 December 2023: ‘Principles of Partnership’ Workshop. More details will be provided soon (ICVA Members only)