WEBINAR: Localisation during COVID-19



This webinar is hosted by ICVA member Community World Service Asia (CWSA)CWSA s a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. 

When: June 2, 2020
What time: 2:00 PM (Pakistan Standard Time)
Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared
Language: English
How long: 90 minutes
Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners working in or with hard-to-reach areas, NGOs, and INGOs involved in COVID19 response all over the world
Format: Presentation & Discussion
Speakers: Smruti Patel, Global Mentoring Initiatives & Alliance for Empowering Partnership Naomi Tulay-Solanke, Community Health Initiative (CHI) & Liberian Women Humanitarian Network Dr. Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Lebanon Support


The webinar will help explore:

  • The support that local and national actors are receiving from the international community as per Grand Bargain (GB)commitments during the Covid-19 response
  • The importance of tracking progress against the GB commitments using the 7 dimensions framework
  • Increased challenges faced during the Covid-19 crisis and potential solutions
  • Experience Sharing of local and national organisations from different regions


More information-  Go to CWSA website - https://communityworldservice.asia/webinar-localisation-during-covid-19/

To Register - Localisation during COVID-19


Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 

The future of civil society organisations in the light of the coronavirus Virtual Meeting

DATE: June 17, 2020 - 2pm to 4pm CEST; 1pm to 3pm DST; 8am to 10am EDT; 5:30pm to 7:30pm IST

The current challenges and opportunities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic call for a conversation over the transformations we want to see in society, and in the humanitarian, social justice and environmental sectors. We are holding a two hour workshop to explore this conversation with a group of leaders of civil society networks and platforms. This builds on a short discussion document where leaders from a range of different sectors and backgrounds have shared their observations and thoughts, identifying possible directions that civil society organisations may want to go.

We will start with a series of provocations from the authors of the discussion document or from leaders of other platforms. These short insights will highlight the imperatives for change, given the current crisis and where we might be able to build from the COVID-19 pandemic to re-energise the demands of civil society organisations to put people at the heart of the changes we need: to protect the planet from degradation, to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature and fosters peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

We will then have breakout sessions (45 minutes) to explore:

  • The new normal: Cementing the value of civil society
  • Shifting the power: Getting beyond the rhetorics
  • Transforming broken systems
  • New internationalism: balancing universality and local focus
  • Solidarity and protecting rights
  • Keeping an eye on the prize: Climate and the sustainable development goals

These will be 45 minute open discussions in smaller groups.

We expect them to result in next steps that our organisations will take forward together or separately.
We expect the conversations to result in next steps that our organisations will take forward together or separately.
We will close with sharing key suggestions and final remarks.


With confirmed participation of: 

  • Tanya Cox – Director – CONCORD Europe 
  • Stephanie Draper – Chief Executive – Bond 
  • Tasneem Essop – Executive Director – Climate Action Network International 
  • Harsh Jaitli – CEO – VANI • Wolfgang Jamann – Executive Director – ICSC 
  • Lysa John – CEO – CIVICUS • Hibak Kalfan – Executive Director – NEAR 
  • Ignacio Packer – Executive Director – ICVA 
  • Sarah Strack – Director – Forus International 
  • Sam Wothington – CEO – InterAction


How to join the conversation: 

To receive registration details on joining the webinar please email: futurecso@icvanetwork.org After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, Bond, CIVICUS, CONCORD Europe, Forus International, ICSC, Climate Action Network, ICVA, InterAction, NEAR, VANI

WEBINAR: Remote Management & the Role of Managers in Covid-19 Response

When: May 14, 2020

What time: 11:00 AM (PST)

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English

How long: 75 minutes

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners working in or with hard-to-reach areas, NGOs, and INGOs involved in COVID19 response


Following the first webinar that focused on the role of Human Resources in remote management of staff, this webinar will focus on the role of Managers in remote management of staff.

The webinar will explore:

  • Challenges faced by organisations in remote management of staff
  • Best practices, Mechanisms and Principles adopted by organisations for effective staff management


Community World Service Asia and Act Church of Sweden are jointly organising this webinar on Remote Management and the Role of Managers in the context of COVID-19.

Organisations have a responsibility to ensure their staff are well supported to do their job effectively and treated equitably, including during the lock-down imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This webinar will explore some of the challenges in remote management and the role of managers in facilitating an effective remote management process. In so doing, the webinar will offer some of the mechanisms, principles and practices adopted by organizations to assure an effective approach to remote management of staff.

This 75-minute webinar will also be an opportunity for participants to share best practices and how staff and organisations have taken into account the current crisis, including application of relevant quality and accountability standards, specifically the Core Humanitarian Standard.

Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. CWSA is member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance, a member of Sphere and their regional partner in Asia and also manages the ADRRN Quality & Accountability Hub in Asia.

Act Church of Sweden is a faith-based organization that works for positive, long-term and sustainable change. Collaborating and cooperating with other organisations is at the core of Church of Sweden’s international mission. By working with local organisations, Act Church of Sweden contributes to long-term sustainable development in the contexts in which their partner organisations operate.

If you wish to participate, kindly register here: Registration – Role of Managers In Remote Management

Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. In addition, we would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on the webinar topic and we will select 2 – 3 participants.


Ms. Uma Narayanan, specializes in human resources, organizational development and accountability for medium to large-scale organizations in the humanitarian sector. Ms. Narayanan has a background in International Organizational and Systems Development and worked as an Organization Development and Human Resources practitioner mostly in Southeast Asia and South Asia, for more than a decade. In her OD capacity, she has carried out numerous assignments on program reviews, evaluations and organizational assessments.

Ms. Narayanan is committed to quality and accountability and is a Sphere and Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) trainer and advisor. She also assists organizations in conducting HR related and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) related investigations. As an accredited associate executive coach, she has added coaching of middle and senior management as part of her portfolio.


Event Date: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:30
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia & Act Church of Sweden