International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

Challenges and responses to SGBV in the context of COVID-19

When: Monday 2 November, 14:00-15:30 (CET) 

Registration and dial-in details: we would like to kindly ask our participants to register for the discussion using this linkThe dial-in details will be shared with the registered participants a day before the meeting.


Please confirm your participation and submit any questions which you would like the panelists to consider by Thursday 29 October, 18:00 (CET).



We are pleased to have with us the following speakers:

  • Ms. Grainne Ohara, Director of the Division of International Protection (UNHCR)
  • Ms. June Munala, Senior Advisor on SGBV (UNHCR Kenya)
  • Ms. Manisha Thomas, Geneva Representative (Women’s Refugee Commission)
  • Ms. Hamida Jahamah, Technical Team Lead & Senior Child Protection Specialist (Plan International Jordan)

The discussion will be moderated by Jerome Elie, Head – Forced Migration (ICVA)  



Event Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
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UNICEF – NGO Partnership in Humanitarian Action 2020 Annual Consultation ‘Working Together to Address Emerging Challenges’



17-19 November 2020 14.00-17.00


More information

To see the concept note and the agenda



  • UNICEF-NGO Partnership in Humanitarian Settings

Beginning in 2019, ICVA and UNICEF agreed to reach out to the NGO sector to gather their feedback and perceptions of current strengths and challenges in the partnership with UNICEF and to explore pathways to improve such partnership. This resulted in the publication of ICVA’s scoping study on UNICEF-NGOs Partnership in Humanitarian Settings. The acknowledgement of both UNICEF and NGOs that more regular exchanges are needed to enable a partnership fit to respond to the challenges faced by children in today’s humanitarian landscape and the scoping study’s findings, led to the joint organisation by ICVA and UNICEF of the UNICEF-NGO Consultation for Partnership in Humanitarian Settings ‘Enhancing the Culture of Partnership’ in November 2019.

  • UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 Briefings

As part of the ongoing dialogue between UNICEF and its partner NGOs and as a follow up to the UNICEF’s and ICVA’s Executive Directors’ communication to partners in April 2020, ICVA and UNICEF, co-jointly with InterAction and SCHR, are convening a series of NGO briefings on Humanitarian partnerships in COVID-19 response. It is aimed at ensuring that the impact of COVID-19 and the response needed are discussed and built upon jointly by UNICEF and NGO partners to ensure a better collaboration on the ground in the collective response for children.

The FAQ, agendas and PowerPoint Presentations and other relevant documents from the UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 briefings can be accessed here.



Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 14:00 to Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 17:00
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Webinar: Impact of Bank De-risking on Humanitarian Action Thursday

Impact of Bank De-risking on Humanitarian Action


Join ICVA and PHAP on 22 October for a webinar focusing on the bank de-risking and its impact on humanitarian action. Following an introductory briefing, we will discuss with a panel of experts the practical challenges faced by humanitarian NGOs and how to approach this issue from a risk management perspective.

Following an introductory briefing, we will discuss with a panel of experts the practical challenges faced by humanitarian NGOs and how to approach this issue from a risk management perspective. This is the third event of the Learning Stream on Risk Management in Practice, aimed at exploring the current state of risk management in the humanitarian sector.


Register now:

Basic info

Time and date: 22 October 2020, 15:00-16:30 (CEST)

New York: 09:00 - 10:30

London:    14:00 - 15:30

Amman:    16:00 - 17:30

Nairobi:     16:00 - 17:30

Bangkok:   20:00 - 21:30

Manila:      21:00 - 22:30 


Length: 90 minutes

Objective: To have a common understanding of how bank de-risking is impacting the ability of NGOs to work in humanitarian contexts and how to approach the issue from a risk management and advocacy perspective.

Target audience: All practitioners interested in risk management and humanitarian policy issues, particularly NGO staff.


Why this topic?

Over the last few years the issue of “bank de-risking” has increasingly impacted the ability of humanitarian NGOs to safely and effectively transfer funds to programmes where people are most in need. While bank de-risking can affect the operations of any type of organisation, humanitarian organisations are particularly affected due to the nature of their work and the contexts in which they operate.

Often related to compliance with counter-terrorism measures, bank de-risking measures by financial institutions manifest themselves to humanitarian organisations in the form of refused transactions, closed accounts, or other restrictions. While bank de-risking issues for humanitarian organisations have to a large degree concerned money transfers to operations in fragile countries, there are more and more examples of humanitarian organisations facing difficulties transferring funds even at the headquarters level. Humanitarian organisations have to resort to transferring money in risky ways in order to preserve programme continuity, thus bank de-risking practices can increase the risks of fraud, security, compliance and lack of transparency.

An opaque banking system which has limited accountability to humanitarian organisations and their principles leave little to be done for individual organisations in term of appealing or objecting to what sometimes seem like arbitrary decisions. Bank de-risking is lacking research and advocacy since most organisations avoid discussing how it affects them. This is why humanitarian organisations need to step up both the management of this risk and common advocacy towards both donors and financial regulators.

This webinar is the third of a series on Risk Management in Practice.


Speakers and facilitators

     Sangeeta Goswami 

    Advocacy and Communications Officer,  Human Security Collective (HSC)





     Khaleel Desai

     Head of Governance, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)







     Philippe Besson

     Head of the Multilateral Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
     on behalf of the Good Humanitarian Donorship Co-Chairs





     Alon Plato

     Policy Officer, ICVA






     Angharad Laing

     Executive Director, PHAP






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Event Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30
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