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Webinar - Conflict and COVID-19: War and instability during a pandemic

Conflict and COVID-19: War and instability during a pandemic

Join us this World Humanitarian Day for the fourth and final webinar hosted by ACFID, CHL and HAG in our No Safe Space: Crisis response in COVID-19 webinar series.

As COVID-19 disrupts humanitarian supply chains and distracts decision-makers from meaningful peace negotiations, civilians caught in the midst of armed conflict, and refugees and displaced people fleeing violence will bear the brunt of the pandemic.

Registration is essential. Register here for this online event.


  • Dr Ihlas Altinci, Sexual and Reproductive Health Adviser, Care International, Turkey/Syria
  • Veronica Koman, Human Rights Activist and Lawyer, Indonesia/West Papua
  • Dr Win Tun Kyi, National Director, Karuna Mission Social Solidarity, Myanmar
  • Dr Orzala Nemat, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan



Beth Eggleston, Founder, Humanitarian Advisory Group


About this Event

COVID-19 has now been recognised as a threat to international peace and security as the United Nations Security Council unanimously passes a resolution that calls for a global "immediate cessation of hostilities." This is a recognition of the complex impacts that COVID19 is having in conflict zones around the world.

Whilst international aid workers, journalists and diplomats head back to their home countries due to the pandemic, what is happening to those living through both COVID-19 and conflict?

With the disruption of humanitarian supply chains and the distraction away from peace negotiations, civilians caught in the midst of armed conflict, and refugees and displaced people fleeing violence will bear the brunt of the health emergency.

Join us on World Humanitarian Day as we explore the current and potential impacts of the health crises on conflict.


This is the final session of the  No Safe Space:  Crisis response in COVID-19  four-part online forum series co-presented by the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL),  Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and  Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG).

You can stream all events from the No Safe Space series on YouTube, including the last session: Dealing with a Double Disaster: What happens when disaster strikes during a pandemic?

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 07:30 to 09:00
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Remote monitoring – approaches to monitoring programmes in the context of COVID-19

Remote monitoring – approaches to monitoring programmes in the context of COVID-19

Facilitated by: Dan James, INTRAC


When: 11th August 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Presentation, discussion and sharing of Best Practices

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners looking to hear from and share experiences of how to monitor programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you wish to participate, kindly Register Here


Purpose: To share experiences and good practice on how humanitarian and development organizations can monitor programmes when access to communities is restricted, as well as consider how COVID-19 might affect our monitoring requirements.

  • Gain knowledge of remote monitoring techniques
  • Understand what techniques might be best suited to different contexts
  • Share experiences and best practices about monitoring during COVID-19




Community World Service Asia and INTRAC are jointly hosting this webinar on remote monitoring in the context of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on humanitarian and development organizations, and their programme activities. It has also impacted organizations’ ability to monitor situations and programme delivery at field level. With very restricted access to communities, many traditional M&E activities are not viable. Yet it is vital for organizations to understand what is going on at community level to be able to respond effectively. In some cases, programme activities have been suspended and there is a need to understand how the situation is evolving at community level. In other cases, organizations have found different ways of delivering programmes, and there is a need to monitor how effectively these are addressing needs on the ground. Finally, the pandemic may require us to reassess and prioritize different types of evidence, and adapt our M&E approaches accordingly.


This webinar will focus on how organizations can monitor their programmes when access to communities is restricted, and the implications of the pandemic on our real-time needs for evidence.

We will specifically focus on:


  • Options for remote monitoring of programmes in the field
  • Factors affecting our ability to monitor programmes
  • Understanding evidence needs during the pandemic


This 90-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share experiences and best practices and ask practical questions about monitoring and evaluation during the pandemic.


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.


INTRAC is an independent not-for-profit organisation, based in Oxford, UK, that is dedicated to strengthening civil society across the world to challenge poverty and inequality and empower people to control their own futures. INTRAC has expertise in all aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Its specialist consultants and trainers promote and support approaches to M&E that are ‘fit for purpose’ and that help civil society organisations to manage and use their resources effectively and to improve what they do to maximise the positive impact of their work.


If you wish to participate, kindly Register Here

Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on remote monitoring to kindly indicate in the registration form; up to participants may be selected to share their experiences.


Speakers: Some key speakers will be invited to share different perspectives and practices on the subject area. Details to be shared later.


Webinar Moderator & Facilitator:


Dan James - INTRAC

Dan James is a Principal Consultant and Thematic Lead on INTRAC’s monitoring and evaluation portfolio. He divides his time between consultancies and grant-funded research, and contributes to INTRAC’s Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation training course. With a background in economic research, he provides support on M&E systems design as well as quantitative research methods across a number of INTRAC’s work streams. His areas of interest include governance and accountability, impact assessment and how evidence is used in international development programming. Dan has regional experience in South East Asia, has lived and worked in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and worked with activists across the region. He is currently leading INTRAC’s contribution to a large programme called The Development Alternative, which is exploring new and different ways to do development that are truly led by young people and communities.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia (CWSA)
Online-ZOOM – Link to be shared

How CSO Adapts Its Humanitarian Work towards the New Normal Age

How CSO Adapts Its Humanitarian Work towards the New Normal Age

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Time: 1 – 3 PM Jakarta/Bangkok time (GMT +7)


Human Initiative (HI) and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI), with support from Asian Disaster Reduction and Responds Network (ADRRN) and International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), are launching a webinar series (5 webinars) between now and the end of 2020 which aims to a platform for CSOs and CSO networks in Asia and the Pacific to have open discussions on critical themes focused on how CSOs are adapting themselves to address the needs in a COVID-19 era. This Series is a result of close collaboration between national, regional and international organizations.


Here is the meeting registration:

Webinar Link: The webinar link will be shared one day before the webinar


Five panelists from frontline NGOs as well as NGO networks in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, and the Pacific region will be exchanging their experiences with all the participants around these 4 key questions:


  • What does this new normal mean in their own organization context?  (if possible) Does this new normal change our perspectives on implementing agreed upon actions within SFDRR and AADMER?
  • What are the specific challenges in this new normal in humanitarian work?
  • What is the role of CSOs and what specific adjustments do CSOs need to make?
  • What recommendations do you have for colleagues in the region?



Mr. Takeshi Komino (General Secretary, ADRRN / CWS)


The Pacific region

1.       Ms. Emeline Siale Ilolahia - Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)


2.       Mr. Andjar Radjite - Vice President of Operations, Human Initiative


3.       Ms. Yuko Shibata - Emergency Response General Manager, Japan Platform


4.       Ms. Xiaofeng Qian - Senior Regional Development Director (Beijing & Geneva, Amity Foundation


5.       Dr. Muhammad Fuadul Islam - Pediatrician at Pediatrics Department, Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH) Trust


We will share more details including the webinar link and the livestream address ahead of the meeting. Look forward to welcoming you in the webinar.


Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 13:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
Human Initiative (HI) and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI)

Inclusive COVID-19 Responses of Cities in the Americas

Inclusive COVID-19 Responses of Cities in the Americas

Thursday, 30 July 2020
16:00 - 17:00 CEST
online webinar
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all vulnerable, but those marginalized, including refugees and others forcibly displaced, are more severely impacted. Refugees, stateless persons, and internally displaced persons often live in overcrowded settings without adequate means to protect themselves.
Cities around the world, however, are stepping up to protect their most vulnerable residents. Initiatives vary from providing free access to health care and direct cash assistance, to placing moratoriums on evictions and rent hikes, and ensuring that all public outreach materials on prevention of COVID-19 are multilingual.
Join a conversation with Ms. Gillian Triggs, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Ms. Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director Mayors Migration Council (MMC), and representatives of cities in the Americas on 30 July 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am EDT to hear more about how cities are implementing inclusive COVID-19 responses.


Event Date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
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Dealing with a Double Disaster: What happens when disaster strikes during a pandemic?

Dealing with a Double Disaster: What happens when disaster strikes during a pandemic?

When: Tuesday 21 July, 3.30–5PM (AEST)

Where: Zoom (online event)

Register here

Key topics: How organisations are aligning disaster preparedness and COVID-19 response plans; the changing role of international, national and local humanitarian actors in disaster response during COVID-19, and; how to better protect vulnerable and marginalised groups from the impacts of a ‘double disaster’.


  • Dr Manu Gupta, Co-Founder SEEDS, India
  • Ilisapeci Rokotunidau, Director General, Fiji Red Cross Society
  • Craig Kentwell, Director Humanitarian Operations, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Arnel Capili, Deputy Executive Director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance


  • Jennifer Clancy, ACFID, Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Advisor


With a focus on knowledge, action, leadership and transformational change, the panel will examine key challenges for public health programs, and consider leadership requirements and collaborative approaches to lessen the impact.

No Safe Space: Crisis response in COVID-19 is a four-part online forum series co-presented by the Centre for Humanitarian LeadershipAustralian Council for International Development (ACFID) and Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG).

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00
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Refugees Giving Back to Their Communities during COVID and Beyond

Refugees Giving Back to Their Communities during COVID and Beyond


Thursday, July 9


3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET


Register to Attend


Both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees in the United States have been amongst those serving as essential workers, helping to keep our communities fed, healthy, and safe. Refugees are also engaged in countless acts of neighborly kindness. They are contributing to the wellbeing of their communities and our country in ways both big and small. 


Refugees International, Refugee Congress, Veterans for American Ideals, and Human Rights First invite you to a webinar on Thursday, July 9 from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET on the ways that refugees, asylees, and other vulnerable migrants contribute to our communities and ways to communicate about these critical contributions to build support for refugee protection.

The conversation will feature remarks from:

  • Mariam Adams, an Iraqi refugee who spent 4 years as an interpreter for the U.S. military before fleeing religious and political persecution and coming to the United States in 2008 through the Special Immigrant Visa program. She will be joined by Colonel Richard Welch, a distinguished military veteran who worked with Mariam in Iraq and was instrumental in assisting her and her family’s escape.
  • Yebrail Saul Pineda, an asylee from Colombia who is now working as a manager at a COVID-19 testing site.
  • George Tarr, Refugee Congress Delegate from New York and recent college graduate who is helping provide essential items to vulnerable community members.
  • Suzette Brooks Masters, a thought leader in messaging and social cohesion who is a Senior Strategist at the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council.

Refugees International’s Vice President of Strategic Outreach Cindy Huang will moderate. An audience Q&A will follow. 


Thursday, July 9

3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 03:00 to 04:15
Organiser or Host: 
Refugees International, Refugee Congress, Veterans for American Ideals, and Human Rights First