The future of civil society organisations in the light of the coronavirus Virtual Meeting

DATE: June 17, 2020 - 2pm to 4pm CEST; 1pm to 3pm DST; 8am to 10am EDT; 5:30pm to 7:30pm IST

The current challenges and opportunities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic call for a conversation over the transformations we want to see in society, and in the humanitarian, social justice and environmental sectors. We are holding a two hour workshop to explore this conversation with a group of leaders of civil society networks and platforms. This builds on a short discussion document where leaders from a range of different sectors and backgrounds have shared their observations and thoughts, identifying possible directions that civil society organisations may want to go.

We will start with a series of provocations from the authors of the discussion document or from leaders of other platforms. These short insights will highlight the imperatives for change, given the current crisis and where we might be able to build from the COVID-19 pandemic to re-energise the demands of civil society organisations to put people at the heart of the changes we need: to protect the planet from degradation, to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature and fosters peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

We will then have breakout sessions (45 minutes) to explore:

  • The new normal: Cementing the value of civil society
  • Shifting the power: Getting beyond the rhetorics
  • Transforming broken systems
  • New internationalism: balancing universality and local focus
  • Solidarity and protecting rights
  • Keeping an eye on the prize: Climate and the sustainable development goals

These will be 45 minute open discussions in smaller groups.

We expect them to result in next steps that our organisations will take forward together or separately.
We expect the conversations to result in next steps that our organisations will take forward together or separately.
We will close with sharing key suggestions and final remarks.


With confirmed participation of: 

  • Tanya Cox – Director – CONCORD Europe 
  • Stephanie Draper – Chief Executive – Bond 
  • Tasneem Essop – Executive Director – Climate Action Network International 
  • Harsh Jaitli – CEO – VANI • Wolfgang Jamann – Executive Director – ICSC 
  • Lysa John – CEO – CIVICUS • Hibak Kalfan – Executive Director – NEAR 
  • Ignacio Packer – Executive Director – ICVA 
  • Sarah Strack – Director – Forus International 
  • Sam Wothington – CEO – InterAction


How to join the conversation: 

To receive registration details on joining the webinar please email: futurecso@icvanetwork.org After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, Bond, CIVICUS, CONCORD Europe, Forus International, ICSC, Climate Action Network, ICVA, InterAction, NEAR, VANI

WEBINAR: Foundations for Effective Protection Programming

Facilitated by: James Thomson, Act for Peace

When: May 20, 2020
What time: 11:00 AM Pakistan Standard Time
Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared
Language: English
How long: 75 minutes

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners requiring a better understanding of protection programming tools, methods and types of protective programming

Purpose: To ensure participants have a sound understanding of effective, results-based protection work, and a more advanced understanding of core protection programming methods, and types of protective programming, including:

  1. Mainstreaming protection in assistance programs
  2. Integrated protection programs, and;
  3. Stand-alone protection programs


Community World Service Asia and Act for Peace are jointly hosting this webinar on Foundations of Effective Protection Programming.

Given the rapid escalation of serious protection risks in virtually every humanitarian context as a result of the COVID crisis, it is now more important than ever for agencies to understand what protection responsibilities they have, and how they can pro-actively prevent, mitigate and respond to abuses. This webinar focuses on the core methods and foundations for protection programs aimed at reducing the risk of serious harm to vulnerable groups as a result of violence, coercion and the deliberate deprivation of rights and access to information, services and resources. This includes a focus on:

  • Protection risk analysis and methods for reducing risks
  • The logic of protective programming and core methods and approaches
  • The relevance of rights, responsibilities and accountabilities in protection
  • The main types of protection activities and programs

This 75-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share existing best practices and ask practical questions about protection policy, practice, standards and other issues.

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 a 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.

Act for Peace is the aid and development agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia and a member of the global ACT Alliance. Act for Peace’s approach to protection starts with the recognition that affected communities not only have the right, the capacity and the desire to engage in protective action but are often the main actors in their own protection in crisis contexts. Having localised its approach to humanitarian and development practice many decades ago – and being focused on strengthening the effectiveness of locally-led protection efforts – Act for Peace works with a wide range of local partners to strengthen community-based protection in disasters, conflicts and displacement situations across the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

If you wish to participate, kindly register here: Register here

Applicants will be informed by May 16th about their confirmation status. Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. All participants will be requested to share best practices on the topic under discussion in the webinar. Out of all the contributions, up to participants will be selected to share their experiences.

Webinar Moderator & Facilitator:

James Thomson is the Senior Protection and Policy Advisor at Act for Peace. For the past two decades has specialised protection advocacy, standard-setting, programming and capacity development. He has extensive experience as a protection trainer, has delivered over 30 protection trainings for local organisations and communities, and worked closely with local partners in a wide variety of contexts to support capacity development, program design, policy development and advocacy. Over the past 20 years, he has also engaged extensively in a wide range of protection policy, standard-setting and practice initaitves at the regional and global level.


Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:30
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia

Learning Stream on Risk Management: Staff care and security risk management


ICVA, in partnership with PHAP, will be starting its next Learning Series Risk Management in Practice and will kick start the first webinar on Wednesday, 3 June 15:00 (CET) “Security Risk Management and Duty of Care in times of COVID-19. 

The webinar will look at the key findings from a new briefing paper from ICVA and researchers from the Graduate Institute on security risk management in humanitarian organisations and frame them around the challenges that the current COVID-19 crisis presents to the humanitarian sector. You will hear from practitioners and experts about the current SRM challenges and solutions in their organisations, including risk transfer, risk sharing, and challenges related to duty of care. For more information and to register visit ICVA’s webinar page.

The event is open to all humanitarian practitioners, particularly NGO staff, interested in humanitarian policy issues and their implications for front-line work.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30
Organiser or Host: 
Online webinar