Our 2019-2021 strategy sets the direction of our work to achieve our mission of making humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.

Focus areas

In the next three years, ICVA will engage with its members on four key focus areas:

  • Forced migration
    ICVA will improve protection, assistance and durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless persons and migrants in vulnerable situations.
  • Humanitarian coordination
    ICVA will strengthen the collective ability of NGOs to actively engage in and influence coordination mechanisms to ensure they are inclusive, contextualized and provide effective assistance and protection to those affected by crisis.
  • Humanitarian financing
    ICVA will ensure humanitarian financing meets the needs of populations affected by crisis while ensuring adequate NGO access to principled, quality funding.
  • Cross-cutting issues
    ICVA will ensure a dynamic support to NGOs in developing strategic thinking and in navigating change while promoting humanitarian principles and the Principles of Partnership.


Across each focus areas ICVA carries out the following activities:

  • Analysing and explaining: producing, sharing and exchanging information, analyses, and learning opportunities.
  • Convening: facilitating, organising, and convening meetings, workshops, discussions and debates for members to exchange experiences and information, collaborate on common issues, leverage expertise and bring together varying perspectives.
  • Connecting: facilitating increased NGO access to important stakeholders, including multilateral partners, member states, donors, regional bodies, the private sector, and other networks outside the humanitarian sector.
  • Influencing & advocating: ensuring a strong and multi-faceted NGO voice is reflected in key debates and decision-making forums that affect humanitarian action.
  • Supporting: strengthening the capacities of NGOs to engage in the humanitarian system.

Download the full 2019-2021 strategy in English, and French and Arabic and Chinese.

The 2015-2018 strategy can be accessed here in EnglishArabic and French.