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Toolkit for principled humanitarian action: Managing counterterrorism risks

Toolkit for principled humanitarian action: Managing counterterrorism risks

Banner for the webinar Launch event: Toolkit for principled humanitarian action

The four principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence are the foundations of humanitarian action. Guided by these principles, humanitarian organizations work to ensure that assistance and protection go to those most in need. As well as forming the basis of their work, the principles enable humanitarian organizations to gain and maintain acceptance from communities and parties to conflicts, helping ensure the safety of staff. 

However, as counterterrorism measures become increasingly common at international and national levels, humanitarian organizations remain concerned about the impact of these on their ability to maintain a principled approach. While humanitarian organizations are, usually, not the target of these measures, they nevertheless pose real risks to operations, staff, and beneficiaries.

Join us on 5 June 2020 for the launch of NRC's new Toolkit for Principled Humanitarian Action: Managing Counterterrorism Risks. This event will provide an opportunity for representatives of several key stakeholders to take stock of this issue, five years on from the launch of the original Toolkit.  It will allow for an exchange on the current state of the impact of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian organizations and the associated risks. What measures are humanitarian organisations taking to address these risks? What role can donors play in risk management? What are the emerging challenges and opportunities? 


The Toolkit

The Toolkit for Principled Humanitarian Action: Managing Counterterrorism Risks updates the information contained in the 2015 Risk Management Toolkit in Relation to Counterterrorism Measures to reflect recent developments in this area. It aims to raise awareness of counterterrorism-related risks so that organizations can identify and mitigate these, and to make risk management approaches accessible to a broad range of staff who can use these in their day to day work.

Event registrants will receive the link to the Toolkit as soon as it is made available.



Target audience and event access

All humanitarian practitioners with an interest in risk management and/or the relevance of counterterrorism regulations to humanitarian action.


Event time

New York: 7:00 - 8:30
London: 12:00 - 13:30
Geneva: 13:00 - 14:30
Amman: 14:00 - 15:30
Nairobi: 14:00 - 15:30
Bangkok: 18:00 - 19:30
Manila: 19:00 - 20:30

To see when the live session will take place in your time zone, click here.



Jan EgelandJan EgelandSecretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Jacob KurtzerJacob KurtzerInterim Director and Senior Fellow, Humanitarian Agenda
Janez LenarčičJanez LenarčičEuropean Commissioner for Crisis Management
Krystyna MartyKrystyna MartyState Secretary and Head of the Directorate for Political Affairs, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Event Date: 
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30
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Webinar online

Multi-lateral and local civil society perspectives on 'peace' in the triple nexus: Singing from the same song sheet?

Co-hosted by the KUNO Platform, ACT Alliance EU and Dan Church Aid. We invite participants and speakers to bring their thoughts on the main findings of the draft paper released by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee group working on humanitarian, development and peace, and to delve into the peace aspect of the triple nexus from the perspective of local actors.

Peace remains on uncertain ground in policy and practice, as highlighted by many of the organisations involved in the Voice Nexus reporting and the recent Berlin Centre for Humanitarian Action webinar on the paper recently released by Marc du Bois highlighting the need to overcome top-down institutional discussion to genuine people-centred action.

We therefore ask our local partners, field teams and civil society to reflect on what peace means to us as humanitarian and development responders and what are our priorities moving forward? How does this reflect and connect with IASC recent thinking and EU level action?



Sheri Arnott: Director of Policy, Disaster Management | World Vision International
The zero draft of the IASC Results Group 4 issues paper on “Peace in the nexus” is now ready for feedback. Sheri will present key elements of the issues paper for discussion and feedback, with a view to contributing to a discussion on how humanitarian and development actors respectively contribute to the sustaining peace agenda.

Mat Gai: National NGO focal Point -The Secretariat | South Sudan NGO forum 
Reflections on convergences and divergences between the IASC and multi-lateral level framing of peace in the nexus rand that of local and national civil society actors.

Martina Zapf: Senior IPAT Manager | Interpeace
Interpeace perspectives on the local and EU level implementation of peace with practical insights on connecting actors, integration of the local dimension and complementarity.

Marzia Monterrumo: Research Director | HERE Geneva
With her recent in-depth investigation and reporting on Unpacking Humanitarianism, Marzia Monterrumo will join the dots of the webinar to explore the nuances and context specific actions necessary to operationalise the ideal of complementary humanitarian, development and peace action.


Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
KUNO Platform, ACT Alliance EU and Dan Church Aid
Online Webinar

WEBINAR: Localisation during COVID-19



This webinar is hosted by ICVA member Community World Service Asia (CWSA)CWSA s a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. 

When: June 2, 2020
What time: 2:00 PM (Pakistan Standard Time)
Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared
Language: English
How long: 90 minutes
Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners working in or with hard-to-reach areas, NGOs, and INGOs involved in COVID19 response all over the world
Format: Presentation & Discussion
Speakers: Smruti Patel, Global Mentoring Initiatives & Alliance for Empowering Partnership Naomi Tulay-Solanke, Community Health Initiative (CHI) & Liberian Women Humanitarian Network Dr. Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Lebanon Support


The webinar will help explore:

  • The support that local and national actors are receiving from the international community as per Grand Bargain (GB)commitments during the Covid-19 response
  • The importance of tracking progress against the GB commitments using the 7 dimensions framework
  • Increased challenges faced during the Covid-19 crisis and potential solutions
  • Experience Sharing of local and national organisations from different regions


More information-  Go to CWSA website -

To Register - Localisation during COVID-19


Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
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