NGO Fora Support Programme

Why are NGO Fora so critical in delivering principled and effective humanitarian assistance?

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What is ICVA's programme to support NGO Fora?

ICVA's "Support to NGO Fora programme" aims to support NGO fora to undertake their collective responsibliities, across three key areas:

  1. Supporting organisational capacity development of NGO fora in strategic planning, governance, and human resource management;
  2. Strengthening NGO fora advocacy and echoing their views at global and regional levels;
  3. Promoting the pivotal role of NGO fora amongst the broader humanitarian community (including donors, governments, UN agencies, and NGOs).

ICVA is working with NGO fora operating in countries affected by humanitarian crises, including:

  • National NGO fora
  • International NGO fora
  • Mixed NGO fora ( with membership including both national and international NGOs)

What activities are proposed?

Supporting organisational capacity development

  • General support on strategic planning, governance and human resource management
    • Personalised support
    • Field missions
    • Workshops for national NGO fora
    • Directory of NGO fora
    • Access to online tool (
  • Supporting NGO fora coordinators
    • Induction package for new coordinators (together with InterAction)
    • Briefing and debriefing for incoming and ougoing coordinators
  • Sharing good practice
    • Webinars on sharing experiences / lessons learned
    • Study on membership motivation and engagement
    • Information management toolkit
    • Online tool to share documents (

Strengthening NGO fora advocacy and echoing their view at global level

  • Strengthening advocacy
    • Guide on joint advocacy for NGO fora
    • Advocacy trainings
  • Increasing the understanding of the eco-system
    • Webinars on humanitarian coordination
    • Note on INGO representation in advocacy hubs
    • Agenda on key global and regional events
    • Note on ICVA's advocacy targets
  • Promoting NGO Fora engagement
    • Echo NGO fora voices to Member States, UN agencies, donors, IASC
    • NGO fora participaton in NGO briefings to Member States in Geneva
    • NGO fora participation in ICVA's working groups

Promoting the pivotal role of NGO fora

  • Awareness campaign targeting NGOs, donors and UN agencies


Why are NGO fora pivotal to collective action?

In many humanitarian crises, NGOs come together to establish networks and fora to coordinate NGO efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance.

These fora are active in a range of areas: facilitating NGO engagement in the humanitarian response system; ensuring an effective, inclusive and contextualised response; and promoting collective NGO advocacy. By working together, NGOs can have a stronger voice on issues of concern.

In-country humanitarian NGO fora contribute to the effective and principled delivery of humanitarian assistance. However, in a context of rising humanitarian needs and increasingly complex humanitarian crises, effective NGO coordination is more critical than ever.

ICVA believes that well-resourced and effectively supported coordination bodies are cruial to improving humanitarian operations.

NGO fora: the power of collective action - check out our ICVA video about the importance of collective action in delivering humanitarian assistance:


NGO Fora Resources

NGO FORA Support Programme Flyer


 NGO Fora: Advocacy Guide

en francais                                                     in English



NGO Fora: Membership Engagement Guide

in English                                                 en francais



How to Engage with InterAction and ICVA: A guide for NGO fora


NGO Coordination Website

Access ICVA’s NGO coordination resource centre: This site aims to help improve humanitarian preparedness and response by increasing the effectiveness of NGO coordination in humanitarian contexts and their links with other humanitarian coordination mechanisms.