ICVA Annual Conference 2019

Each year, ICVA holds an Annual Conference, which provides an important opportunity for members to convene and discuss issues relevant to the humanitarian sector, as informed by ICVA’s membership base.
ICVA 2019 Annual Conference: Translating Commitments to Action

ICVA's 2019 Annual Conference discussed the various commitments made through the World Humanitarian Summit, the Grand Bargain, the New York Declarations and the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, the UN Reform process, the Localization discussion- and took a hard look at how and what we, as an NGO community, were doing to translate these commitments into action while putting people at the centre. 


The conference report is now available!










Our conference provided a space for ICVA Members and other stakeholders to :

  • ​Convene
  • Analyse and explain organisational and country-specific experiences of what change is required
  • Explore what form of support is required to NGOs to spur these changes to translate commitments into actions, and for those who have made changes, what they would require to further improve practice
  • Facilitate NGOs to have increased opportunities to contribute and influence policy changes and practices at global level.

The full agenda is available here.

Find out more about the speakers by taking a look at their biographies here.


Side events took place on 27 and 28 March on the following topics:

  • How can Philanthropies better support locally-led humanitarian response?

  • Trends and drivers on closing civil society space 

  • UNICEF consultations with NGOs

  • NGO - Donor Meeting

  • The Grand Bargain annual independent report 2018



Background Reading

The Concept Note for the Annual Conference has more information about the approach of the conference.

The following materials are useful pre-readings:
Localization examined
New Way of Working examined
- the Global Compact on Refugees explained
- the Grand Bargain explained
- the World Bank and refugees
Civil society space in humanitarian action
- ALNAP’s Transforming Change report



ICVA is grateful to its membership, Board and partners for dues, funding and other contributions and in – kind support.

We would also like to thank the following governments, organisations, and members for their generous support:

  • Australian Permanent Mission’s International Development Fund (IDF)
  • European Union
  • German Humanitarian Assistance
  • Hilton Foundation
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency
  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration (PRM)