IOM NGO Humanitarian Consultations Resource Page

The overall objective of the Humanitarian Consultations is to contribute to better protection and assistance of crisis affected people and displaced populations. To this end IOM seeks to engage in effective policy, program and coordination consultations with partners that will help to strengthen cooperation through providing a forum for open, action-orientated discussion on humanitarian partnerships. The consultations will maintain a focus on the Principles of Partnership that are foundational in all humanitarian partnerships, and help leverage the value of diversity and complementarity in advocacy, policy development, and emergency response.

As a frontline humanitarian crisis responder, Humanitarian Consultations will be alternated between its HQs in Geneva and regional hubs (IOM Regional Offices). That way, every second year the consultations would have a different regional character, bringing dialogue closer to field realities and policy-to-practice initiatives, and enhancing the inclusion and accessibility for representatives of local and national NGOs. When organized in a region, IOM and ICVA may also involve a partner NGO in the organization of the event.

For any further information, please contact Mirela Shuteriqi at


2019 Consultations: 29-30 October, Istanbul, Turkey

The fifth annual IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultation took place on 29-30 October 2019, at the Hotel Fairmont Quasar in Istanbul, Turkey. 

The Consultation will bring together some 60 participants from IOM and humanitarian NGOs. The overarching theme will be humanitarian access in emergencies and protracted crises, with a focus on the MENA region but including relevant discussions from other regions for experience sharing and learning. The discussions will delve into good practice in leveraging our respective strengths to improve humanitarian coverage in volatile and insecure environments and reach those most in need. Registration requests (one per NGO participant) can be submitted online through this link. Interested participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible but no later than CoB Friday, 27 September 2019. Participants should be ICVA members, other IOM NGO partners, or NGOs with experience relevant to the theme of the consultation. The expectation is that NGOs participate by bringing concrete experience on the consultation theme and/or partnership with IOM. Please note that we are limited by a maximum number of participants and that submission of the registration application does not guarantee acceptance to attend the consultation. Depending on available capacities, you will receive a confirmation of attendance via email following your registration and in late September at the latest. You will only be registered once you receive a registration confirmation email. Registrations are not transferrable. 

For more information, please consult the outline, logistics note and Consultation report below. 


2018 Consultations: 25 September, Geneva, Switzerland

IOM and NGOs gathered in Geneva to deliberate on the following topics: 1) Addressing internal displacement in protracted crises through the triple nexus of humanitarian, development and peace; 2) IOM-NGO complementarities in protection; and 3) transitional justice and internal displacement. 

2017 Consultations: 11-12 September, Nairobi, Kenya

These Consultations, convened under the theme of complementarity, coherence, and collaboration, provided an opportunity for IOM and humanitarian NGO partners to deliberate on the topics of 1) Internal Displacement and durable solutions for IDPs; 2) Mixed Migration – Addressing the needs of migrants in vulnerable situations; 3) IOM-NGO Partnership in Cluster Coordination; and 4) Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

2016 Consultations: 13 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

IOM and NGOs looked at the overarching theme of humanitarian partnership, which had become a key element of IOM’s humanitarian policy (adopted by the Organization’s Council in late 2015).


2015 Consultations: 30 June 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

These consultations were dedicated to gathering input and concrete recommendations from humanitarian NGO partners to inform the development of IOM’s institutional humanitarian policy.