Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream

The sixth online ICVA-PHAP learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating our own action and increase our environmental sustainability in-line with commitments of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

2021 ALNAP Meeting – Learning from disruption: evolution, revolution or status quo?

2021 ALNAP Meeting will be held online and will be open to all humanitarians interested in the theme of the meeting. Sessions will span different time zones, so that you can take part from wherever you are. 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, October 21, 2021 (All day)
Organiser or Host: 
virtual meeting

STEP into a Better World: A call to action

STEP into a Better World: A call to action on 9-10 December 2020


Date & Time:

- 9 December 10.00-19.30

- 10 December 8.30-16.30


To Register: All ICVA members are encouraged to join and can register for a subsidised price of 5 Euros with thanks to Salesforce.

Reaching a broader community differently than in traditional conferences. Generate more outputs and actions than tired webinars. Build new networks. Encourage solutions and equip yourself with greater potential to collaborate for a better world.

ICVA is co-organiser of the event “STEP into a Better World: A call to action” led by Impact17. The themes of the conference are: 
  • Sustainable society 
  • Technology & innovation 
  • Environment & nature 
  • Partnering for a Better World 
Session 1:  9 December @10.00
Prevent Migration crises with Regular Pathways
Session 2: 9 December @16.00
COVID-19 and Wage Theft: Restore Justice
Session 3: 10 December @ 15.00

Deconstruct Structural Racism for Sustainable Societies


Session 4: 10 December @10.00

Transform the Public Narratives on Migration



More information:

-  concept note

session outlines







Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, December 10, 2020 (All day)
Organiser or Host: 

Organisational culture matters: Leadership, staff well-being and living our values

Time and date: 03 December 2020, 15:00-16:30 (CEST)



To register: click on this link to register


More information: https://www.icvanetwork.org/organisational-culture-leadership-and-staff-...


Event description:

Humanitarian organizations have faced situations reminding us that how we carry out our work is as important as what we do – including how agencies approach the mental and physical well-being of staff members to avoid long-term exhaustion, burnout, injury, or illness. Apart from the direct impact to individual staff members when the duty of care is compromised, organizations also face potential risks of an operational, reputational, safety and security, fiduciary, or legal and ethical nature.

The top management of an organization plays a critical role in managing risks and ensuring that staff and those we assist in our day-to-day work are cared for. This has been the focus of a joint ICVA-CHS Alliance project on the CEO role in driving culture change to enable a positive workplace culture, safeguard staff well-being, and live our humanitarian values.

Join ICVA, the CHS Alliance, and PHAP on 3 December for a webinar in which we will discuss the findings from this project and discuss practical challenges faced by staff and management as well as insights into solutions to improve the ability of senior executives to promote the necessary change.

We will hear from Melissa Pitotti, co-author of the report, who will provide a summary of the findings generated from the interviews and focus group discussions with experts and CEOs. Liza Jachens, Organisational Psychologist at Webster University, will share the results from her research of burnout and mental illness among humanitarian workers. We will also hear from speakers on the role of senior leadership in driving culture change among other topics.

This is the fourth webinar of the Learning Stream on Risk Management in Practice.

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30
Organiser or Host: 
ICVA, the CHS Alliance, and PHAP

Webinar: Impact of Bank De-risking on Humanitarian Action Thursday

Impact of Bank De-risking on Humanitarian Action


Join ICVA and PHAP on 22 October for a webinar focusing on the bank de-risking and its impact on humanitarian action. Following an introductory briefing, we will discuss with a panel of experts the practical challenges faced by humanitarian NGOs and how to approach this issue from a risk management perspective.

Following an introductory briefing, we will discuss with a panel of experts the practical challenges faced by humanitarian NGOs and how to approach this issue from a risk management perspective. This is the third event of the Learning Stream on Risk Management in Practice, aimed at exploring the current state of risk management in the humanitarian sector.


Register now:

Basic info

Time and date: 22 October 2020, 15:00-16:30 (CEST)

New York: 09:00 - 10:30

London:    14:00 - 15:30

Amman:    16:00 - 17:30

Nairobi:     16:00 - 17:30

Bangkok:   20:00 - 21:30

Manila:      21:00 - 22:30 


Length: 90 minutes

Objective: To have a common understanding of how bank de-risking is impacting the ability of NGOs to work in humanitarian contexts and how to approach the issue from a risk management and advocacy perspective.

Target audience: All practitioners interested in risk management and humanitarian policy issues, particularly NGO staff.


Why this topic?

Over the last few years the issue of “bank de-risking” has increasingly impacted the ability of humanitarian NGOs to safely and effectively transfer funds to programmes where people are most in need. While bank de-risking can affect the operations of any type of organisation, humanitarian organisations are particularly affected due to the nature of their work and the contexts in which they operate.

Often related to compliance with counter-terrorism measures, bank de-risking measures by financial institutions manifest themselves to humanitarian organisations in the form of refused transactions, closed accounts, or other restrictions. While bank de-risking issues for humanitarian organisations have to a large degree concerned money transfers to operations in fragile countries, there are more and more examples of humanitarian organisations facing difficulties transferring funds even at the headquarters level. Humanitarian organisations have to resort to transferring money in risky ways in order to preserve programme continuity, thus bank de-risking practices can increase the risks of fraud, security, compliance and lack of transparency.

An opaque banking system which has limited accountability to humanitarian organisations and their principles leave little to be done for individual organisations in term of appealing or objecting to what sometimes seem like arbitrary decisions. Bank de-risking is lacking research and advocacy since most organisations avoid discussing how it affects them. This is why humanitarian organisations need to step up both the management of this risk and common advocacy towards both donors and financial regulators.

This webinar is the third of a series on Risk Management in Practice.


Speakers and facilitators

     Sangeeta Goswami 

    Advocacy and Communications Officer,  Human Security Collective (HSC)





     Khaleel Desai

     Head of Governance, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)







     Philippe Besson

     Head of the Multilateral Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
     on behalf of the Good Humanitarian Donorship Co-Chairs





     Alon Plato

     Policy Officer, ICVA






     Angharad Laing

     Executive Director, PHAP






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Event Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30
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