ICVA Annual Conference

Background

Introduction

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

In 2020 and in 2021 the ICVA Annual Conference was held online.

2021 ICVA Annual Conference

Climate, Environment and Humanitarian Action: How can NGOs Mitigate and Adapt?...

During ICVA’s 2030 strategy consultations, members and partners highlighted the importance of the intersection between climate and environment change and humanitarian action....
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Overview

On 25 and 26 May 2021 ICVA hosted its second virtual annual conference on the theme: Climate, environment and humanitarian action: How can NGOs mitigate and adapt?

During ICVA’s 2030 strategy consultations, members and partners highlighted the importance of the intersection between climate and environment change and humanitarian action. The changes taking place are not only threatening humanity and our environment as we know it, but it is also faster and more radical than expected.

ICVA Annual Conference 2021 - Session 1

Scene! Setting the scene: The intersection of climate-environment-humanitarian framing of the challenges and opportunities.

This session framed the Annual Conference discussions to analyse and better understand the intersection between humanitarian-climate and environment action bringing perspectives from a variety of actors on the issues, challenges and some of the ways forward on policy and practice.

ICVA Annual Conference 2021 - Session 1

Lights! Showcasing initiatives: A dynamic World Café session

This session spotlighted and showcased 10 ongoing initiatives that are supporting organisations on climate and environment concerns in humanitarian action. Participants explored best practices, guidance, tools etc. which aim to support NGOs and partners to mitigate and adapt in order to overcome some of the challenges faced in the sector.

ICVA Annual Conference 2021 - Session 3

Camera! Zoom-in from global to local

This session focused on the localisation and funding linkages when working in climate-environment-humanitarian contexts.

ICVA Annual Conference 2021 - Session 4

Action! Towards collective and collaborative change

This session looked at how different sectors could work together to mobilise collective and collaborative action addressing the impact of climate and environment change on humanitarian action.

Session 2: Lights! Showcasing initiatives: A dynamic World Café session

This session spotlighted and showcased 10 ongoing initiatives that are supporting organisations on climate and environment concerns in humanitarian action. Participants explored best practices, guidance, tools etc. which aim to support NGOs and partners to mitigate and adapt in order to overcome some of the challenges faced in the sector.

Watch the recordings of the World Café session breakout groups!

ICVA AC 2021- World Cafe 1: Climate and Environment Charter

The Climate and Environment Charter for humanitarian organisations: From words to action

ICVA AC 2021- World Cafe 3: Communication That Works

Creating communication that works: Humanitarians and the climate crisis

This session explored issues faced by humanitarian agencies when communicating about the climate crisis, and how to overcome them.

ICVA AC 2021- World Cafe 4

Life Cycle Analysis as a tool in greening humanitarian assistance

A discussion of the Life Cycle Analysis as a tool in greening humanitarian assistance

ICVA AC 2021- World Cafe 7

Thinking Beyond Response

A reflection of Tearfund’s approach to environmental and economic sustainability in humanitarian work

ICVA AC 2021- World Cafe 8

Medair Early Warning System

Medair early warning system and DRR in Madagascar

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Pathways To Resilience

This world café session explored Plan International’s newly developed ‘Pathways to Resilience’ framework. The pathways are an innovative approach to operationalising resilience. They help ensure programming can anticipate, absorb, adapt and transform to shocks and stressors in the context of our changing environment.

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EU's new communication

This session presented the recent Commission Communication on the EU’s humanitarian action, focusing on practical implementation of disaster preparedness policy, and how climate and environmental considerations are being addressed by DG ECHO.

PowerPoints from ICVA 2021 Annual Conference

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25 May 2021
Breakout group 2: The Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT+)
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The Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT+)

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25 May 2021
Breakout group 5: Enhancing the evidence base on planned relocation as a strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
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Enhancing the evidence base on planned relocation as a strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
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Enhancing the evidence base on planned relocation as a strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

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25 May 2021
Breakout group 6: Community strengthening through anticipatory action: The Anticipation Hub and humanitarian mapping.
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Community strengthening through anticipatory action -The Anticipation Hub and humanitarian mapping.
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Community strengthening through anticipatory action: The Anticipation Hub and humanitarian mapping.

E-learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action

Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
30 September 2021
Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream
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Description

This learning stream provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating action and increasing environmental sustainability. The series focuses on practical ways of applying the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice.

Topics covered in this webinar series include:

  • Practical Tools and Initiatives for reducing Environmental Impact in Humanitarian Action
  • Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work
  • Adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises
  • The Climate and Environment Charter for humanitarian organisations
Resources on 2021 ICVA Annual Conference

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25 May 2021
2021 ICVA Annual Conference - Agenda
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2021 ICVA Annual Conference – Agenda

Meeting materials
13 April 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference Concept note
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25 October 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference Key Take - Aways
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26 May 2021
2021 ICVA Annual Conference - Background Resources
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2021 ICVA Annual Conference - Background Resources
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2021 ICVA Annual Conference – Background Resources

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25 October 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference - Links of Initiatives on early warning, resilience integration, nature based solutions, NEAT+ Tool, and carbon accounting
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AC 2021 - Sessions & Speakers
ICVA Annual Conference 2020

Protecting Principled Humanitarian Action: An Honest Conversion on Risk...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 ICVA held it's first-ever Virtual Annual Conference on principled humanitarian action and risk....
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It took the form of three webinar sessions organised in collaboration with PHAP. The conference  showed that we, as a sector, are agile. We continue delivering to our mandate while complying with the duty of care for our staff. COVID-19 was inescapable throughout the discussions of the Annual Conference, touching on the ability of locally based humanitarian actors, including youth, to respond and on lobbying for exceptional measures from donors for quick decision-making, flexibility and a real risk sharing attitude. However, as other disrupters and challenges discussed throughout the three sessions, it has not put principled humanitarian action on hold. As follow-up to the conference and what was considered as important topics to further explore, ICVA has put together a Learning Stream on Risk Management in Practice so that NGOs can better navigate and understand risk.

Resources for ICVA 2020 Annual Conference

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13 March 2020
ICVA 2020 Annual Conference Agenda
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13 March 2020
ICVA 2020 Annual Conference Concept note
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13 May 2020
ICVA 2020 Annual Conference Report
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13 March 2020
ICVA 2020 Annual Conference Speaker Bios
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Session 1: Principles at Risk

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Sara Sekkenes
Conflict Prevention Partnership Adviser, UNDP
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Jeremy Rempel
Head of Humanitarian Financing, ICVA
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ICVA Annual Conference 2019

Translating Commitments to Action...

The 2019 conference reflected on a number of key commitments and what we are doing as an NGO community to turn them into action....
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Overview

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 Localisation discussion. Participants 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.

Resources for ICVA 2019 Annual Conference

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17 November 2019
ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Report
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17 September 2018
ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Concept Note

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17 November 2019
ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Agenda
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2019 Annual Conference Agenda
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ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Agenda

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17 November 2019
ICVA 2019 Annual Conference - Speaker Biographies
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ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Speaker Biographies
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ICVA 2019 Annual Conference Speaker Biographies

ICVA 2018 Annual Conference

Navigating the Nexus: NGO Perspectives...

The conference focused on the “triple nexus” - the inter-connection between humanitarian action, development, and peace....
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Overview

The 2018 Conference took a critical and deep look at the “triple nexus” – the inter-connection between humanitarian action, development, and peace. Anchored in the ICVA network’s dedication to principled and effective humanitarian action, ICVA’s 2018 Annual Conference provided a space for ICVA members and key stakeholders to share lessons learned, best practice and processes, challenges and concerns faced by NGOs and humanitarian actors when working, in a principled manner in the nexus. The conference was a reminder of the importance to put people at the centre in planning and programming so as to truly understand the type of interventions required, be they from a humanitarian, development or peacebuilding approach.

Resources for ICVA 2018 Annual Conference

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18 March 2018
ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Concept Note

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18 March 2018
ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Report
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Report
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Report

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18 March 2018
ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Agenda
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Agenda
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Agenda

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18 March 2018
ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Speaker Bios
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Speaker Bios
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ICVA 2018 Annual Conference Speaker Bios

ICVA 2017 Annual Conference

How can Humanitarian Civil Society better Navigate a Complex World? The importance of NGO Engagement with Host Governments....

The 2017 annual conference reflected on the relationship between states and civil society and the impact this relationship has on the ability of NGOs to operate....
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Introduction

The 2017 Annual Conference was held on 28 March 2017,  at the CICG in Geneva. Members discussed the relationship between states and civil society and the impact this relationship has on the ability of NGOs to operate. Keynote speakers and panel discussions explored the global trends and drivers impacting civil society and humanitarian NGOs, NGO experiences, and how NGOs engage with host governments.

Resources for ICVA 2017 Annual Conference

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28 March 2017
ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Report
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ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Report
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ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Report

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28 March 2017
ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Concept Note

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28 March 2017
ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Participant Information Pack
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ICVA 2017 Annual Conference Participant Information Pack

ICVA 2016 Annual Conference

Complementarity in Humanitarian Action: What does it mean? What does it look like? What are the Risks and Benefits?...

ICVA’s 2016 Annual Conference explored the concept of complementarity....
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Overview

The 2016 Annual Conference was held on  5 March 2016, at the CICG in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference explored the concept of complementarity while leveraging experience, insights and tools from NGOs, academia, the UN, the Red Cross and Red Crescent, civil society and the private sector.

The conference provided a platform for practitioners to discuss

  • what ‘complementarity’ means
  • it’s relationship to humanitarian effectiveness and in local and national leadership
  • how complementarity is understood and applied in various humanitarian relationships – through ideological, institutional and operational lenses.

As the conference took place prior to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, complementarity in relation to the World Humanitarian Summit, and how the WHS process could positively influence and promote complementarity in humanitarian action was also discussed.

Resource for ICVA 2016 Annual Conference

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5 March 2016
ICVA 2016 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2016 Annual Conference - Concept Note
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5 April 2021
ICVA 2016 Annual Conference -Agenda
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ICVA 2016 Annual Conference -Agenda
ICVA 2015 Annual Conference

Partnership, from Principles to Practice...

ICVA's 2015 Annual Conference focused on the implementation of the Principles of Partnership...
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Overview

The 2016 Annual Conference was held on 9 March 2015, at the CICG in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference provided a successful platform for over 160 members and partners to discuss, raise questions and share suggestions on the value and implementation of the Principles of Partnership in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond.

Resources for ICVA 2015 Annual Conference

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22 March 2015
2015 Annual Conference Concept Note
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2015 Annual Conference Concept Note
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22 March 2015
2015 Annual Conference Report
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2015 ICVA Annual Conference Report
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25 May 2021
2021 ICVA Annual Conference - Agenda
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2021 ICVA Annual Conference - Agenda
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2021 ICVA Annual Conference – Agenda

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22 March 2015
ICVA 2015 Annual Conference: Presentations on Partnerships in the 21st Century
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22 March 2015
2015 Annual Conference: Background papers
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2015 ICVA Annual Conference Background papers
ICVA 2014 Annual Conference

Humanitarian Financing: Show me the Money...

The 2014 annual conference focused on resourcing principled humanitarian action....
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Overview

The Annual Conference established an understanding of the current international financing system and encouraged an exchange of views and experiences among ICVA members and non-members.

The conference provided a platform for practitioners and non-practitioners to share important achievements, present good practices and discuss challenges and solutions in resourcing humanitarian action. The key objectives of the conference were to:

  • Increase ICVA member and non-member understanding of the current international financing
    system and its mechanisms;
  • Provide an opportunity for members and non-members to build partnerships and alliances; and
  • Create opportunities to rethink existing approaches.
Resources for ICVA 2014 Annual Conference

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1 April 2014
ICVA 2014 Annual Conference Report: Show Me the Money
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ICVA 2014 Annual Conference Report
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1 April 2014
ICVA 2014 Annual Conference - Presentation on Rethinking Humanitarian Resourcing
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1 April 2014
ICVA 2014 Annual conference - Presentation on Following the Money
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ICVA 2013 Annual Conference

Innovation! It Doesn't Have To Be Like This....

As a sector, are we fulfilling our potential for innovation in considering how we deliver our work and the processes by which we choose to do so?...
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Overview

The conference provided participants a chance to learn from practical examples, both inside and outside the sector, about the process of innovation and the scope for working innovatively with others. The format of the conference was interactive and “innovative” in its approach, sharing learning among participants and brought people together to explore the potential for future collaboration.

Topics of Discussion at 2011 Annual Conference

What does “innovation” mean in the humanitarian sector?

The session explored different perceptions of the term “innovation,” why we need innovation in this sector,
how innovation in this sector will yield improved results and impact, and why rethinking how we work
may lead to changes in practice.

How can we work in a more innovative way?

The session reflected on good practice in innovative approaches to working together. Participants explored what holds
us back in terms of how we approach innovation in our work (risk aversion, donor restrictions, etc.) as
well as the opportunities it holds (how to have a trickle up effect, ways of illustrating new partnerships,
and more cross sector discussions).

ICVA 2012 Annual Conference

Conference - Adjusting to Reality?...

The conference will discuss the theme of the rapidly changing reality in humanitarian settings on the ground...
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Overview

The 2012 Annual Conference was held in 19 March. The goal of the conference was to bring different perspectives to reflect on the current reality of humanitarian response and to have an enriching dialogue on the way forward for the humanitarian community. Three sessions were conducted on:

  • Session one: Setting the stage
  • Session two: The reality check
  • Session three: The way forward?
Resources for ICVA 2012 Annual Conference

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19 March 2012
ICVA 2012 Annual Conference Background Document
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19 March 2012
ICVA 2012 Annual Conference Agenda
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ICVA 2012 Annual Conference Agenda
ICVA 2011 Annual Conference

Does Size Matter?...

The conference aimed at getting participants to think about how the size of humanitarian crises and the size of organisations impact on response....
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Overview

The ICVA 2011 Annual Conference provided an opportunity for those in the humanitarian community to take a step back and reflect on some of the challenges facing us. The Conference had three panels looking at various elements of the challenges around the size of humanitarian crises and the size of organisations.

Resources for ICVA 2011 Annual Conference

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23 February 2011
ICVA 2011 Conference - Background Document
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ICVA 2011 Conference - Background Document
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4 March 2011
ICVA 2011 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2011 Annual Conference Concept Note
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23 February 2011
ICVA 2011 Annual Conference Agenda
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ICVA 2011 Annual Conference Agenda
ICVA 2010 Annual Conference

Partnership for Change?...

A deep look into the partnerships with national and local civil society in humanitarian response...
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Overview

The 2010 Annual Conference attempted to get to some practical outcomes that can be taken to the Global Humanitarian Platform (GHP) meeting.  The Conference shared an overview of some of the outstanding challenges that remain with partnership between international humanitarian organisations and national and local NGOs,
providing the space for participants to discuss. It also explored some of the recent examples where humanitarian aid has been challenged to be better at partnership, namely the cyclone Nargis response, the fallout after the Sudan expulsions of humanitarian organisations, and the increasing shift of risk to national and local partners and staff.

Resources for ICVA 2010 Annual Conference

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24 March 2010
ICVA 2010 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2010 Annual Conference Concept Note
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24 March 2010
ICVA 2010 Annual Conference Agenda
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ICVA 2010 Annual Conference Agenda
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23 February 2010
ICVA 2010 Annual Conference - Presentation on Violence against aid workers and the operational response
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23 February 2010
ICVA 2010 Annual Conference - Presentation on Good Practices in Partnership
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ICVA 2009 Annual Conference

Changing the Humanitarian Community...

The conference aimed to examine the incentives for getting the humanitarian community to change in order to make it more effective in achieving better humanitarian outcomes...
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Overview

The Conference was held on 2 February 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland. Discussions aimed at influencing and convincing ICVA members of the need to start changing the way they work. The Conference also started the debate for ICVA members who were planning to adopt a new three year Strategic Plan at the 14th ICVA General Assembly on 3 and 4 February 2009.

Resources for ICVA 2009 Annual Conference

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2 February 2009
ICVA 2009 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA 2009 Annual Conference Concept Note
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2 February 2009
ICVA 2009 Annual Conference - Presentation on The Humanitarian Dilemma
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2 February 2009
ICVA 2009 Annual Conference - Presentation on NGO Benchmarking
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2 February 2009
ICVA 2009 Annual Conference - Presentation on Changing the Humanitarian Community
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ICVA 2008 Annual Conference

The Essential Humanitarian Reforms...

The conference aimed to address some of the challenges that seem to repeatedly arise in the midst of humanitarian responses to natural disasters or during armed conflicts....
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Overview

The Conference was held on 1 February 2008 providing an opportunity to take a step back and examine the essential reforms that will allow for longer-term changes to make the humanitarian community more effective. Three panels were conducted that addressed the following issues:

  • Flipping the system
  • The perennial personality problem
  • Organising humanitarian coordination effectively
Resources for ICVA 2008 Annual Conference

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19 March 2008
ICVA Annual Conference 2008 Agenda
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ICVA Annual Conference 2008 Agenda
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19 March 2008
ICVA Annual Conference 2008 Background Document
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ICVA Annual Conference 2008 Concept Note
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24 February 2008
ICVA 2008 Annual Conference Concept Note
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ICVA Annual Conference 2008 Concept Note
ICVA 2003 Annual Conference

NGOs in a changing world order: dilemmas and challenges...

The 2003 Annual Conference illustrated the need for NGOs to seriously reflect on the challenges and dilemmas that they face....
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Overview

The Annual Conference was held on 14 and 15 February 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference brought together NGO participants (both ICVA members and partners), governments, and representatives of UN agencies to discuss and debate the overall theme, as well as the following three sub-themes:

  • The increasing presence of military forces and the independence of NGOs;
  • The effects of the changing world order on the protection of displaced persons and
    migrants; and
  • The strategic value of forgotten crises: The determining factor?
Resource for ICVA 2003 Annual Conference

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14 February 2003
ICVA 2003 Annual Conference Report
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ICVA Conference 2003 Report