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Alternative models for humanitarian coordination

Each humanitarian crisis requires a specific response, which could benefit from alternative coordination mechanisms. The increasing critique of relying on a centralized, one-size-fits-all approach, coupled the increased capacity of many governments to lead coordination efforts has led to the emergence of new coordination models, responding to specific needs through innovative mechanisms.

Needs and responses are different depending on the context. For instance, national governments may have a greater role in the coordination of a disaster relief operation on its own territory, with each government operationalizing different coordination structures. The increased prevalence of humanitarian response in urban contexts also questions the relevance of the current coordination mechanisms.

The sixth online session of ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian coordination, in partnership with PHAP, will explore these additional coordination mechanisms, in which all actors play an important precise role according the specificities of each crisis. Join us on 2 November in the presentation and discussion of such models.

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, PHAP
Venue: 
Webinar
Link: 
https://phap.org/2nov2017/register
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The New Way of Working: What is it? What does it mean for NGOs?

In his report on the World Humanitarian Summit “One Humanity: Shared Responsibility”, the former UN Secretary-General proposed an Agenda for Humanity that would help to meet people’s immediate humanitarian needs - while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability. This “new way of working”, adopted by eight UN humanitarian and development entities aspires to: work towards collective outcomes across the humanitarian and development community; Wherever possible, those efforts should reinforce and strengthen the capacities that already exist at national and local levels; whilst ultimately working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The fifth online session of ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian coordination, in partnership with PHAP, will focus on the New Way of Working, unpacking overall goals, what changes are needed across the sector, how these changes impact NGOs, and how can NGOs influence this process. Join us on October 5 as we discuss these issues.

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, PHAP
Venue: 
Webinar
Link: 
https://phap.org/5oct2017/register
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OCHA and NGOs in Humanitarian Coordination

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) aims to achieve greater coherence, complementarity, and efficiency of humanitarian response by mobilizing and coordinating humanitarian actors through different coordination mechanisms. NGOs undertake a vital role in these various structures.

On 14 September, ICVA and PHAP will organize the fourth online session of their learning stream on humanitarian coordination, focusing on NGO challenges and opportunities to engage with OCHA in an effective and meaningful way. Participants will be provided with an overview of OCHA’s main focus areas, highlighting the differences of NGO engagement with OCHA country offices in different regions, and exploring lessons already learnt by NGOs.

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, PHAP
Venue: 
Webinar
Link: 
https://phap.org/14sep2017/register
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NGO fora and consortia – from local to global

Aiming collectively for strengthened humanitarian coordination and response from local to global level, we are witnessing the increasing relevance of NGO fora and consortia at national, regional and global levels. Understanding how these fora and consortia function, and how NGOs can engage in these structures, will be the topic of the third session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP.

In this session, participants will be provided with examples of good practice of NGO-led fora and consortia, highlighting the challenges and opportunities to engage for both local and international NGOs. Guest experts will explore their added value, and will answer live questions from participants throughout the session.

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, PHAP
Link: 
https://phap.org/20jul2017/register
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The humanitarian coordination architecture at country and regional levels

What are the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at country and regional levels? In the second online session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP, guest experts will explore the coordination mechanisms available at country level and the existing regional structures.

The session will explore the function of various country level humanitarian coordination structures and actors, including the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) role, the Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) and the cluster approach at national and sub-national levels - highlighting the strengths and limitations of these structures.

Participants will be provided with recommendations on how NGOs can better engage in these coordination mechanisms, and will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, PHAP
Venue: 
Webinar
Link: 
https://phap.org/22jun2017/register
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The IASC and the global humanitarian coordination architecture: How can NGOs engage?

What is the current global humanitarian architecture? What is the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC)? And how can NGOs engage in the various IASC coordination mechanisms? Join us on 31 May for the first online session, in partnership with PHAP, for ICVA’s new learning stream on humanitarian coordination.

Participants will be provided with an overview of IASC humanitarian coordination mechanisms at the country, regional, and global levels, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

The event will explore the current coordination structures, and the way for NGOs to engage in such structures, with a special focus on how the country-level and global-level mechanisms coordinate and feed into each other.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, PHAP
Venue: 
Webinar
Link: 
https://phap.org/31may2017/register
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Topic Six – Alternative models for humanitarian coordination

Each humanitarian crisis requires a specific response, which could benefit from alternative coordination mechanisms. The increasing critique of relying on a centralized, one-size-fits-all approach, coupled the increased capacity of many governments to lead coordination efforts has led to the emergence of new coordination models, responding to specific needs through innovative mechanisms.