Members

International Council of Voluntary Agencies

Focus areas

ICVA is a global network of close to 140 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in 160 countries, operating at global, regional, national and local levels.

Members are humanitarian NGOs, large and small, secular and faith based, national and international, joined through a common commitment to principled humanitarian action.

ICVA membership

A global network...

Membership of ICVA brings value in direct access to information and services and creates a community of mutually reinforcing actors...
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As a unique global network of NGOs

ICVA offers the following to its members:

  • Influence global policy and practice through access to UN and inter-governmental humanitarian policy and decision makers.
  • Participate in collective NGO advocacy on humanitarian issues.
  • Bring the field realities of humanitarian practice to global and regional forums.
  • Participate in the IASC mechanisms, through ICVA’s seats as a standing invitee to the IASC.
  • Network, connect and exchange with a diverse global NGO membership, and other humanitarian stakeholders.
  • Stay informed on key debates and issues relevant to operations.
  • Share information, expertise, and resources.
  • Shape the strategic direction of ICVA, be eligible to serve on the ICVA Board, and vote at the ICVA General Assembly.
Humanitarian principles and standards

ICVA members are encouraged to demonstrate, in all relevant situations, a commitment  to:

  • the Humanitarian principles, including the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
  • collaboration with other NGOs and/or partner agencies, in line with the Principles of Partnership.
  • prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse as guided by the Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnel, and ICVA members Commitment  and motion to action on PSEA and sexual harassment
  • quality and accountability in humanitarian action, including use of the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.
  • addressing the climate and environment crises as per the ICVA Commitment and motion to action on Climate and the Environment
Member only working groups

Open to members only, ICVA has a range of working groups that provide a platform for members to exchange information, communicate key developments in humanitarian operations and policy level work, and to identify opportunities for collective advocacy.

To ensure we bring the collective network voice to the focus areas set out in the ICVA Strategy, we encourage members to participate in one of the ICVA working groups.

  • Forced Migration working group
  • Humanitarian Financing working group
  • Donor Conditions task team
  • ICVA IASC working group
  • Humanitarian Coordination working group
  • COVID Vaccine working group
  • Civil Society space working group
  • Climate and environment working group
  • ICVA Nexus working group
  • PSEA working group

Regional mailing lists

Stay up to date with regionally focused perspectives of the humanitarian policy making and engage with regional coordination mechanisms, and emerging actors.

  • ICVA Africa regional mailing list
  • East Africa COPn
  • East Africa IAWG communications
  • East Africa IAWG NGO comms advocacy
  • ICVA Asia regional mailing list
  • ICVA MENA regional mailing list
  • MENA NGO Fora List
  • ICVA Latin America regional mailing list
How to join

Become a member...

To be a member of ICVA, organisations must have humanitarian or human rights programmes and/or activities that relate to making humanitarian action more principled and effective...
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Membership

ICVA membership is open to registered non-profit organisations with missions consistent with the mission of ICVA: to influence humanitarian policy and practice to make humanitarian action more principled and effective.

The annual membership fee ranges from CHF 500-12,000 a year. Guidelines for deciding membership fees are based on annual budget/expense.

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Types of membership

Membership categories

To be a member of ICVA organisations must have humanitarian or human rights programmes and/or activities that relate to making humanitarian action more principled and effective.

The ICVA Statutes outline the types of organisations eligible for ICVA membership as follows:

  1. International voluntary agencies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), that is, organisations that operate outside their country of origin. This category also includes families or federations of NGOs that share a common name, but that have chapters or operations in different countries;
  2. Consortia, networks, and groups of different NGOs that have joined together to enhance the effectiveness of their work. Such groups may represent NGOs from one or more countries or they may be regional or global in scope;
  3. National voluntary agencies or national non-governmental organisations, (NGOs) that operate only within their organisation’s country of origin, and have demonstrated a commitment to translating their work to the international level; or have specific expertise that will assist ICVA in achieving its mission.

 Observer Status

An NGO that wishes to participate in the ICVA network but which, because of constitutional constraints or reasons of principle, cannot be associated with the views and/or positions adopted by ICVA, may apply for Observer status.

 

Affiliate Membership

The ICVA Affiliate membership category is for academic and research institutes that have existing activities of a human rights/humanitarian nature or existing activities of benefit to NGOs. Affiliate membership provides a means to make better links between their work and the work of ICVA members.

Membership criteria

Criteria

An organisation applying for membership of ICVA will be assessed against the following criteria. The organisation should:

  1. Be an independent body established by a group of private individuals or organisations.
  2. Have non-governmental, non-profit legal status in its country of incorporation.
  3. Be non-partisan (operate without discrimination in regard to race, nationality, gender, political or religious conviction or social and economic background).
  4. Have human rights/humanitarian programmes and/or activities that are consistent with the purposes of ICVA as described in ICVA’s Statutes (Article II) and Mission Statement.
  5. Be governed by an independent, voluntary, and active board of directors.
  6. Have a sustainable level of financial support.
  7. Have a record of financial responsibility and accountability.
  8. Have a record of accomplishing its objectives.
  9. State its commitment to participate in ICVA’s activities as outlined in the ICVA Strategic Plan.
  10. Acknowledge that they are not listed on the UN Security Council List, neither are their affiliates or any of their individuals.
  11. Demonstrate, in all relevant situations, a commitment to ICVA standards and principles
Annual membership fees

Membership dues

  1. As a membership organisation, ICVA exists to serve its NGO members. Members thus have a responsibility to support ICVA through the payment of Membership Dues.
  1. Every agency that is a Member, Observer or Affiliate in ICVA shall pay Membership Dues on an annual basis. ICVA’s financial year runs from 1 January until 31 December.
  2. The Membership Dues are based on a Membership Dues Structure determined by the ICVA Board (in accordance with Article VI of the ICVA Statutes). The ICVA Board shall confirm the applicable dues category for new member agencies. The ICVA Board shall also confirm into which category current ICVA Members, Observers, and Affiliates fall at the time when this structure comes into effect, in accordance with the definitions provided in this document.
Application procedure

Application procedure

What Applicants should do:

A completed Application for Membership of ICVA form should be sent to the ICVA Secretariat with the following documents in English:

  1. Statutes, constitution, founding charter, or similar document;
  2. Proof of non-governmental and non-profit legal status;
  3. Two most recent annual reports and audited financial statements, including sources of income and current donors;
  4. Composition and term of executive body (board of directors or equivalent), including names and institutional affiliations;
  5. Confirmation of payment of the application fee by bank transfer to ICVA of Swiss francs (CHF) 75.00 (not including bank charges); and
  6. If your organisation has committed to any additional codes of conduct or similar documents, or if you have been accredited by a quality/accountability organisation, please send a copy of the code or standard with your application or supply an Internet address.
  7. Once approved for membership each member agency will confirm in writing the person(s) that will act as its representative(s) to ICVA
Relevant documents

ICVA publication
28 February 2021
How to join ICVA
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Information about the ICVA membership process.

ICVA publication
16 May 2021
ICVA Statutes 2021
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ICVA Statutes, revised at the 18th General Assembly, 18 / 19 May 2021.

ICVA publication
30 April 2018
ICVA Membership Bylaws
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Our Members

Members Map

Lebanon
  • - ABAAD- Resource Center for Gender Equallity
  • - Amel Association International
  • - Cross Regional Centre for Refugees and Migrants
  • - Ruwad al HouKou FR
Yemen
  • - Abs Development Organisation for women and children
  • - Building Foundation for Development (BFD)
  • - Life Makers Meeting Place Organization (LMMPO)
  • - Sustainable Development Foundation SDF
  • - Tamdeen Youth Foundation
  • - YFCA - Yemen Family Care Association
Afghanistan
  • - ACBAR - Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development
Switzerland
  • - ACT Alliance
  • - CARE International
  • - Caritas Internationalis
  • - CHS Alliance
  • - Geneva Call / Appell de Geneve
  • - Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
  • - Good Neighbors International Geneva
  • - ICMC -International Catholic Migration Commission
  • - ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • - IMPACT Initiatives
  • - Lutheran World Federation
  • - Medair
  • - Medecins sans Frontieres International
  • - RET International
  • - Sphere Association
  • - Terre des hommes
Australia
  • - Act for Peace
  • - Australian Council for International Development
  • - International detention coalition
  • - Refugee Council of Australia
  • - Settlement Services International
France
  • - ACTED
  • - Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
  • - Handicap International
  • - Medecins du Monde
  • - Secours Islamique France (SIF)
  • - Télécoms Sans Frontières International
United Kingdom
  • - Action for Humanity
  • - ALNAP
  • - AMERA International
  • - CAFOD Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
  • - Christian Aid
  • - Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • - Oxfam GB
  • - Plan International
  • - Save the Children International
  • - TearFund
  • - World Vision International
Ethiopia
  • - Action for the Needy in Ethiopia (ANE)
  • - Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA)
South Africa
  • - ActionAid International
United States
  • - ADRA
  • - Airlink
  • - Asylum Access
  • - ChildFund Alliance
  • - Church World Service
  • - Clear Global / Translators without Borders (TWB)
  • - Fortify Rights
  • - HIAS
  • - IEDA Relief
  • - Institute for Study of International Migration
  • - International Medical Corps (IMC)
  • - International Rescue Committee IRC
  • - Mercy Corps
  • - Refugee Council USA
  • - Refugee Solidarity Network
  • - Refugees International
  • - RefugePoint
  • - Tzu Chi Foundation
  • - Women's Refugee Commission
South Sudan
  • - Africa Development Aid (ADA)
  • - South Sudan NGO Forum
  • - Titi Foundation
Uganda
  • - African Initiatives for Relief and Development
Côte d’Ivoire
  • - Afrique Secours et Assistance
India
  • - AIDMI - All India Disaster Mitigation Institute
  • - RedR India
Turkey
  • - Al Sham Foundation
  • - IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
  • - International Blue Crescent Relief & Development Foundation
  • - MUDEM- Refugee Support Centre
  • - Support to Life
China
  • - Amity Foundation
Jordan
  • - Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development ARDD
  • - General Union of Voluntary Societies (GUVS)
  • - Jordan Health Aid Society International - JHASI
  • - Jordan Paramedic Society (JPS)
Thailand
  • - Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
  • - The Border Consortium
Japan
  • - Bridge Asia Japan
  • - Japan Platform
Chad
  • - Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI)
Bangladesh
  • - Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust
Philippines
  • - Community and Family Services International
Pakistan
  • - Community Research and Development Organization (CRDO)
  • - Community World Service Asia
  • - Foundation for Rural Development
  • - New World Hope Organisation -NWHO
  • - REPID- Rural Empowerment and institutional Development
  • - Society for Human Rights and Prisoners’ Aid
Ireland
  • - Concern Worldwide
  • - Dochas
Italy
  • - COOPI- Cooperazione Internazionale
  • - INTERSOS
  • - Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
  • - COPROMOR
Denmark
  • - DanChurchAid - DCA
  • - Danish Refugee Council
  • - Globalt Fokus
Netherlands
  • - Dutch Council for Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland)
  • - Kerk In Actie
  • - Stichting Vluchtelingen
  • - War Child Holland
Finland
  • - Finn Church Aid
  • - Finnish Refugee Council
Mexico
  • - FM4 Paso Libre- Dignidad Y Justicia en el Camino
Greece
  • - Greek Council for Refugees - GCR
Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • - HAMI-Association for Protection of Refugee Women and Children
  • - International Consortium for Refugees in Iran - ICRI
Indonesia
  • - Human Initiative (PKPU)
Canada
  • - Humanitarian Response Network of Canada
Nigeria
  • - International Refugee Rights Initiative
Sudan
  • - ISLAMIC RELIEF AGENCY
Germany
  • - Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.
  • - VENRO
Korea, Republic of
  • - Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation
Mauritius
  • - Mauritius Council of Social Service
Malaysia
  • - MERCY Malaysia
Sweden
  • - Nordisk Hjalp
Norway
  • - Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
  • - Norwegian People's Aid
  • - Norwegian Refugee Council
Senegal
  • - Office Africain pour le Developpement et la Cooperation
Palestine
  • - PNGO-Palestinian NGO Network
Kenya
  • - Refugee Consortium of Kenya
Tanzania, United Republic of
  • - Relief to Development Society
Somalia
  • - Somalia NGO consortium
Libya
  • - STACO Shaikk Tahir Azzawi Charity Organization
Our Members

Members List

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ABAAD- Resource Center for Gender Equallity
Lebanon
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Amel Association International
Lebanon
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Abs Development Organisation for women and children
Yemen
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ACBAR - Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development
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ACT Alliance
Switzerland
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Act for Peace
Australia
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Australian Council for International Development
Australia
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ACTED
France
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Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
France
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Action for Humanity
United Kingdom
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ALNAP
United Kingdom
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AMERA International
United Kingdom
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Action for the Needy in Ethiopia (ANE)
Ethiopia
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Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA)
Ethiopia
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ActionAid International
South Africa
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ADRA
United States
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Airlink
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Asylum Access
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Africa Development Aid (ADA)
South Sudan
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African Initiatives for Relief and Development
Uganda
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Afrique Secours et Assistance
Côte d’Ivoire
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AIDMI - All India Disaster Mitigation Institute
India
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Al Sham Foundation
Turkey
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Amity Foundation
China
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Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development ARDD
Jordan
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Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
Thailand

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Building Foundation for Development (BFD)
Yemen
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Bridge Asia Japan
Japan

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Cross Regional Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Lebanon
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CARE International
Switzerland
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Caritas Internationalis
Switzerland
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CHS Alliance
Switzerland
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CAFOD Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
United Kingdom
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Christian Aid
United Kingdom
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ChildFund Alliance
United States
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Church World Service
United States
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Clear Global / Translators without Borders (TWB)
United States
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Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI)
Chad
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Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust
Bangladesh
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Community and Family Services International
Philippines
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Community Research and Development Organization (CRDO)
Pakistan
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Community World Service Asia
Pakistan
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Concern Worldwide
Ireland
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COOPI- Cooperazione Internazionale
Italy
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COPROMOR
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

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Dochas
Ireland
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DanChurchAid - DCA
Denmark
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Danish Refugee Council
Denmark
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Dutch Council for Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland)
Netherlands

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Fortify Rights
United States
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Foundation for Rural Development
Pakistan
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Finn Church Aid
Finland
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Finnish Refugee Council
Finland
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FM4 Paso Libre- Dignidad Y Justicia en el Camino
Mexico

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Geneva Call / Appell de Geneve
Switzerland
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Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
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Good Neighbors International Geneva
Switzerland
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General Union of Voluntary Societies (GUVS)
Jordan
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Globalt Fokus
Denmark
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Greek Council for Refugees - GCR
Greece

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Handicap International
France
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HIAS
United States
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HAMI-Association for Protection of Refugee Women and Children
Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Human Initiative (PKPU)
Indonesia
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Humanitarian Response Network of Canada
Canada

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ICMC -International Catholic Migration Commission
Switzerland
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ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
Switzerland
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IMPACT Initiatives
Switzerland
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International detention coalition
Australia
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Islamic Relief Worldwide
United Kingdom
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IEDA Relief
United States
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Institute for Study of International Migration
United States
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International Medical Corps (IMC)
United States
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International Rescue Committee IRC
United States
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IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
Turkey
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International Blue Crescent Relief & Development Foundation
Turkey
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INTERSOS
Italy
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International Consortium for Refugees in Iran - ICRI
Iran, Islamic Republic of
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International Refugee Rights Initiative
Nigeria
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ISLAMIC RELIEF AGENCY
Sudan

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Jordan Health Aid Society International - JHASI
Jordan
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Jordan Paramedic Society (JPS)
Jordan
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Japan Platform
Japan
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Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
Italy
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Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.
Germany

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Kerk In Actie
Netherlands
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Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation
Korea, Republic of

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Life Makers Meeting Place Organization (LMMPO)
Yemen
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Lutheran World Federation
Switzerland

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Medair
Switzerland
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Medecins sans Frontieres International
Switzerland
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Medecins du Monde
France
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Mercy Corps
United States
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MUDEM- Refugee Support Centre
Turkey
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Mauritius Council of Social Service
Mauritius
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MERCY Malaysia
Malaysia

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New World Hope Organisation -NWHO
Pakistan
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Nordisk Hjalp
Sweden
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Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
Norway
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Norwegian People's Aid
Norway
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Norwegian Refugee Council
Norway

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Oxfam GB
United Kingdom
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Office Africain pour le Developpement et la Cooperation
Senegal

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Plan International
United Kingdom
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PNGO-Palestinian NGO Network
Palestine

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Ruwad al HouKou FR
Lebanon
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RET International
Switzerland
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Refugee Council of Australia
Australia
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Refugee Council USA
United States
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Refugee Solidarity Network
United States
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Refugees International
United States
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RefugePoint
United States
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REPID- Rural Empowerment and institutional Development
Pakistan
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Refugee Consortium of Kenya
Kenya
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Relief to Development Society
Tanzania, United Republic of

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Sustainable Development Foundation SDF
Yemen
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Sphere Association
Switzerland
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Settlement Services International
Australia
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Secours Islamique France (SIF)
France
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Save the Children International
United Kingdom
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South Sudan NGO Forum
South Sudan
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Support to Life
Turkey
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Society for Human Rights and Prisoners’ Aid
Pakistan
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Stichting Vluchtelingen
Netherlands
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Somalia NGO consortium
Somalia
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STACO Shaikk Tahir Azzawi Charity Organization
Libya

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Tamdeen Youth Foundation
Yemen
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Terre des hommes
Switzerland
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Télécoms Sans Frontières International
France
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TearFund
United Kingdom
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Tzu Chi Foundation
United States
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Titi Foundation
South Sudan
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The Border Consortium
Thailand

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VENRO
Germany

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World Vision International
United Kingdom
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Women's Refugee Commission
United States
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War Child Holland
Netherlands

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YFCA - Yemen Family Care Association
Yemen

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