At the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, the UN and World Bank committed to a “new way of working” to transcend the humanitarian-development divide. Since then, the concept has been considered in the context of UN reform and the “triple nexus” – the nexus between humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace. Despite the many discussions, workshops and briefing papers, many NGOs and partners are yet to grapple with what this means for affected persons, the system as a whole, and NGOs.
Providing relief and protection to those in need requires a coordinated and effective response to emergencies from humanitarian actors. Despite widespread acknowledgement of the need to improve humanitarian coordination, many NGOs have only a limited understanding of, engagement in and influence over humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
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 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.
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.
Join us on Thursday, July 20 as we hold, in partnership with PHAP, the next installment of ICVA’sonline humanitarian coordination learning stream, NGO fora and consortia: From local to global.
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The webinar will explain the various structures and roles of NGO fora and consortia, operating from national to global levels. Bringing together representatives from ICVA, the Local Resource Centre (Myanmar), the Somalia NGO consortium and Syria Relief UK, the session will discuss:
- Why do NGOs gather in forum? What are the various roles, structures and added value for NGOs to engage in fora and consortia?
- How can NGOs engage with consortia at national and global levels?
- What are good practice examples of NGO fora and consortia? What are common challenges and lessons learnt faced by NGOs working in consortia?
Register now - Join us on July 20 from 10.30am – 12.00pm (Geneva local time)
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.