Topic Five: Private funding - a growing source for NGOs?

Private funding of humanitarian work is changing – from having been primarily targeted at natural disaster response, in 2015, the response to the conflict in Syria received the majority of reported private funds. With most private funding channeled through non-governmental rather than governments or multi-lateral organizations, understanding current developments in private funding flows and mechanisms has become more pertinent than ever for NGOs.

Topic Four: Bilateral funding - trends, challenges and opportunities for NGOs


While bilateral funding between implementing organizations and donors can reduce transfer and administrative costs, such direct funding relationships can sometimes lead to challenges for NGOs. Different rules and requirements, pre-qualification requirements, delayed disbursements, and overly restrictive budget lines are just some of the issues frequently faced by NGOs.

The humanitarian financing landscape - realities and emerging trends for NGOs


Humanitarian financing worldwide is changing – how does it impact NGOs active in humanitarian work? Join us for the first learning session on demystifying humanitarian financing, organized jointly by ICVA and PHAP, and hear from experts from OECD, Development Initiatives, and World Vision regarding the current state of humanitarian financing and how recent trends are affecting NGOs.

The first session of this series will concentrate on the current realities and emerging trends of humanitarian financing. Participants will be provided with an overview of the different traditional and emerging financing streams coexisting in the humanitarian sector, with a focus on how NGOs access humanitarian funding and the challenges they currently face.

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge of the overall size, composition, and flows of global humanitarian financing
  • Familiarity with the key traditional and emerging humanitarianfinancing streamsfunding channels, and donors
  • Awareness of the main trends and opportunities affecting NGOs’ access to humanitarian financing
  • Awareness of the main challenges and limitations that NGOs encounter in accessing humanitarian financing
  • Familiarity with different sources of information on humanitarian financing

Event time

Thursday, 15 September 2016

New York: 04:30 - 06:00
London: 09:30 - 11:00
Geneva: 10:30 - 12:00
Amman: 11:30 - 13:00
Nairobi: 11:30 - 13:00
Bangkok: 15:30 - 17:00
Manila: 16:30 - 18:00

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

Target audience and event access

The stream specifically targets NGO staff, including field, policy and HQ staff, but all live sessions are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of humanitarian financing.. In order to join the event, please register in advance at phap.org/15Sep2016/register

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Recommended resources


Cyprien Fabre

Humanitarian Policy Analyst - Fragility, Conflicts and Humanitarian Aid at OECD

Julian Srodecki

Technical Director of Humanitarian Grants at World Vision


Sophia Swithern

Head of Research and Analysis at Development Initiatives


Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Melissa Pitotti

Head of Policy, ICVA



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