Cross-cutting issues

Civil society space

In many parts of the world, NGOs face more and more legal requirements and other restrictions on their activities. Legislation on counter-terrorism measures, restrictions on NGO operations, and access to populations are impacting their day to day operations. How do NGOs perceive this shrinking space? How does it impact the ability of NGOs to operate, especially in conflict and complex emergency contexts? What are some of the measures taken by NGOs and other partners to respond to the current trends?

Closing the Gaps in the Humanitarian Response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence

A high-level international humanitarian conference co-hosted by the Government of Norway, with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A preparatory event organized by Norwegian Church Aid for civil society will be held on Thursday 23 May.


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Event Date: 
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 08:00 to 18:00
Organiser or Host: 
UN and Government of Norway
Oslo, Norway

Navigating change: cross cutting issues

The environments in which NGOs operate are fundamentally changing.

In many places, respect for humanitarian principles is eroding, and so too is NGOs’ space to operate. The pressure for humanitarians to align with development and peace priorities is mounting.

As NGOs compete for scarce resources, schisms in the community have emerged, particularly related to localisation. These trends require safe spaces for diverse NGOs to come together to discuss their differences, learn from one another, and consider solutions and help one another.