Resourcing humanitarian action

The State of the World’s Cash 2020 Report: Global Launch

The State of the World’s Cash 2020 Report: Global Launch

Jul 23, 2020 03:00 PM CEST

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This 90-minute webinar and Q&A will launch The State of the World’s Cash 2020 Report, present a complete picture of the state of CVA in 2020, and explore how we can all work together to better meet the needs of crisis affected people.

The State of the World’s Cash 2020 draws on inputs from hundreds of CVA practitioners and a review of the literature to capture what has changed, and outline the profound changes still needed. Join us to understand the report’s major findings and the key evidence you need to continue improving your practice and challenging the humanitarian system.

This report follows on from ‘The State of the World’s Cash Report’, a seminal piece published in 2018.  This webinar introduces a work of significance for the whole sector and is a crucial date for the diary for all those working in or interested in humanitarian action.

What to expect

Introduction: Karen Peachey, Director, CaLP

Moderator: Heba Aly, Director of the New Humanitarian

Panellists, speaking to the four key shifts since the last report:

Q&A: Participants will be able to submit questions and “upvote” other participants’ questions in real time.


Event Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30
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Online webinar

The 2030 Agenda, Human Rights, and Building Back Better: What to Expect from the World’s Most Influential Companies

The World Benchmarking Alliance, Universal Rights Group, International Chamber of Commerce, and Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva, are pleased to invite you to join a virtual panel event taking place concurrently during the High Level Political Forum as well as the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council:

The 2030 Agenda, Human Rights, and Building Back Better:What to Expect from the World’s Most Influential Companies

9 July 2020.  8:00-9:00AM (EST) / 14:00-15:00 (CET) 
via Zoom

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As countries and economies move to build back better following the COVID-19 pandemic, this multi-stakeholder and interactive dialogue will explore the role of transparency and accountability from the private sector in achieving the 2030 Agenda and human rights commitments alike.

Scheduled as the 2020 High-Level Political Forum in New York and the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva convene concurrently, this conversation will bring different stakeholders on what is needed to fulfill the Decade of Action and escape traditional silos and divides.

This event will highlight needs and best practices on protecting the rights of workers and vulnerable populations in the workplace, marketplace, community, and across their supply chains - particularly in light of the COVID-19 crisis. It will also focus on identifying channels and solutions for stronger collaboration across sectors and industries, including on building back better.


  • Examine steps that the UN, governments, companies, and civil society can take to strengthen global norms for transparency from and accountability of the private sector on human rights and the SDGs.
  • Accelerate implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 43/27, including helping inform planned Council intersessions on the 2030 Agenda and human rights.
  • Identify the most urgent needs and best practices from business community to protect the rights of workers and vulnerable populations in the workplace, marketplace, community, and across their supply chains.
  • Identify channels and solutions for stronger New York-Geneva collaboration on Agenda 2030 and human rights.


  • Lene Wendland, Chief, Business and Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Crispin Conroy, Permanent Observer, International Chamber of Commerce to the UN Office in Geneva
  • Marc Limon, Executive Director, Universal Rights Group
  • Paulina Murphy, Engagement Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

The concept note can be found here. Participants can register below and join the discussion online using #HLPF and #HRC44.

This event will be recorded and is considered on-the-record. Please send questions to Ryan Kaminski at

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:00
Organiser or Host: 
World Benchmarking Alliance, Universal Rights Group, International Chamber of Commerce, and Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN

Webinar: Funding for Gender in COVID-19 Response

Webinar: Funding for Gender in COVID-19 Response


The Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group and COVID Task team are excited to invite you to a “listening meeting” with diverse women-focused organisations on funding for Gender in COVID-19 response. Diverse women focused organizations, representing networks and an intersection of key groups, will be invited to share experiences related to responding to COVID-19 crisis in their context with an emphasis on funding. The session will be supplemented by an analysis of existing Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs), use of Gender and Age Marker to illustrate funding earmarked or targeted to gender and/or addressing gender-based violence.


Date: Monday 20th of July, 11:00-12:30 Bangkok time


Please register in advance for this meeting at   


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Event Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:30
Organiser or Host: 
Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group and COVID Task team

A policy dialogue: The potential of distinctive signs to promote inclusive and sustainable economic development


A joint initiative of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this policy dialogue will touch upon the opportunities and challenges that may arise for producers in developing countries when using distinctive signs for products such as coffee and pepper. Panellists will inter alia share practical experiences from the ASEAN region and Zimbabwe and focus on the development potential of distinctive signs. The objective of the discussion is to inform policy makers in the areas of trademarks, related rights, geographical indications and economic and social development.

A policy dialogue: The potential of distinctive signs to promote inclusive and sustainable economic development

When: Webinar, Friday 3 July 2020, 3:00 pm Geneva Time

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Moderators: Mr. Christoph Spennemann (UNCTAD), Mr. Tat-Tienne Louembe (INTA)

15:00-15:15 Welcome and Introduction

  • Mr. Christoph Spennemann, Officer-in-Charge, Intellectual Property Unit, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Tat-Tienne Louembe, Representative, Africa, Middle East and IGOs, INTA

15:15-15:30 “The opportunities and limitations of coffee branding - Experience by small scale coffee farmers in Zimbabwe”

  • Ms. Charlene Musiza, PhD candidate at University of Cape Town, South Africa

15:30-15:45 “The socio-economics of branding in enhancing eco-tourism – comparative analysis of the ASEAN region”

  • Ms. Sanaz Javadi Farahzadi, IP/Trade Lawyer, Consultant to UN & EU

15:45-16:00 “The significance of the reputation of distinctive trademarks in inclusive and sustainable economic development”

  • Ms. Natalia Dulkowska, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Member of INTA Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee

16:00-16:25 Open discussion

16:25-16:30 Closing remarks

  • Mr. Christoph Spennemann


Event Date: 
Friday, July 3, 2020 - 15:00
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Empowered Aid: Transforming Gender & Power Dynamics in the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid - Phase 1 Findings

This webinar will share Empowered Aid's Phase I findings and recommendations on reducing risks of sexual exploitation and abuse when accessing humanitarian aid in Lebanon and Uganda. Utilizing participatory action research, Empowered Aid engaged a group of refugee women and girls to share their lived experiences with aid delivery and provide recommendations on how to make distribution and access to aid safer. The research was conducted in partnership with The Global Women's Institute and CARE International in Lebanon and the International Rescue Committee in Uganda. Tag #EmpoweredAid on social media when sharing!

GWI: Alina Potts (PI), Research Scientist & Elizabeth Hedge, Empowered Aid Research Associate
CARE Lebanon: Loujine Fattal, Empowered Aid Research Manager & Farah Hallak, Empowered Aid Project Officer
IRC Uganda: Harriet Kolli, Empowered Aid Research Manager & Fatuma Nafish, Empowered Aid Project Officer

To learn more about Empowered Aid, and access the results reports, full set of policy briefs, and accompanying tools and resources visit

Jun 22, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Event Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00
Organiser or Host: 
IRC, Care, Global Women's Institute

A conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19

A conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19


Around the world, the United Nations’ 75th birthday has provided the backdrop for a global discussion about the future of the organization and the role multilateralism can play in resolving today’s challenges and leveraging opportunities that come with global collaboration. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a new urgency to this discussion, highlighting even more the benefits of cooperation across borders, sectors and generations. 


As part of the #UN75 global initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN Office at Geneva is very pleased to invite you to join the second edition of the #UN75 Dialogues in international Geneva, a conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19, this time with a special focus on culture, sports and tourism. The event will take place on Thursday, 25 June 2020 from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m. CET.


The dialogue is organized in cooperation with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the University of Geneva and foraus. Students and young researchers from these three academic institutions will be sharing their thoughts and questions with heads of key international agencies, including:


  • Audrey Azoulay, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee
  • Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • Mami Mizutori, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Zurab Pololikashvili, World Tourism Organization
  • Tatiana Valovaya, United Nations Office at Geneva


Guests will be welcomed with a special message by the well-known Brazilian footballer Marta.


The event will be streamed live on

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:30
Organiser or Host: 
UN Office at Geneva & Graduate Institute

What is the role of innovative finance in rethinking and resourcing problem solving in the humanitarian space?

Join us for a webinar

June 10, 11:00 (CEST)

With Dr Maximilian Martin, Global Head of Philanthropy, Lombard Odier Group, and Juan Coderque Galligo, Head of New Financing Models, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

As conflict and other humanitarian crises have imploded around the world, the financing gap for humanitarian aid has widened almost three-fold within a decade, passing from $9.6 billion in 2009 to $27.8 billion in 2019. As a result, leading humanitarian organizations are looking for fresh solutions to deliver on their remit by expanding the capital pool available and increasing their operational efficiency. What is the role of innovative finance in rethinking and resourcing problem solving in the humanitarian space?

This webinar will feature Dr. Maximilian Martin and Juan Luis Coderque, who will share some lessons learned from the making of the first humanitarian impact bond. Discussions will then center around the current innovation pipeline, including from a COVID perspective.

At IMD, we take “Real learning. Real impact” very seriously. That is why we provide informative materials that challenge what is and inspire what could be. With the Leading in Turbulent Times webinar series, challenges become opportunities and executives worldwide can blossom into the leaders of tomorrow, today.  

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We look forward to connecting with you!


Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Online webinar

Cash and Voucher Assistance in COVID-19 Response

WEBINAR: Cash and Voucher Assistance in COVID-19 Response

Facilitated by: José Jódar, The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)


When: June 17, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 75 minutes 

Format: Presentation, discussion and sharing of Best Practices

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners requiring a better understanding of Cash and Voucher Assistance with a special focus in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Purpose: To ensure participants have a sound understanding of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) as a modality response to different types of crises and emergencies with a special focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand CVA as a modality response to crises
  • Discuss how CVA will be adapted to COVID-19 response
  • Share best practices about CVA and COVID-19 response



Community World Service Asia and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) are jointly hosting this webinar on Cash and Voucher Assistance in response to COVID-19.


Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) is being increasingly used as a response modality to different types of crises and in very diverse contexts. CVA is able to cover a wide range of needs contributing to restoring the dignity to people affected by crises. The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting the global economy and will have a long-lasting impact, particularly on low-income countries and crisis contexts, if not mitigated in a timely and well-targeted manner.  CVA is seen by some as a safer option for providing rapid relief where conditions allow and is able to cover the needs of the various affected populations, adapting to remote management styles and better integrates with local systems. This webinar will focus on how delivery through cash can effectively meet needs and promote recovery at scale and within the timeline required to mitigate the worst impacts of this pandemicWorking with, and alongside social protection systems to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable people will also be discussed.

A specific focus will be laid on:


  • CVA fundamentals as a modality response to crisis
  • CVA and COVID-19 response- main considerations throughout the programme cycle
  • CVA and COVID-19 response- best practices and experiences from the field


This 75-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share existing best practices and ask practical questions about CVA key debates and policies, practices, common standards and other issues.


Recommended reading & learning prior to the webinar:

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 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.


The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is a global partnership of humanitarian actors engaged in policy, practice and research within Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). CaLP currently has over 80 members who collectively deliver the vast majority of CVA in humanitarian contexts worldwide. Our members include UN agencies, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, local and international NGOs, donors and private sector organisations. CaLP believes that when appropriately incorporated into humanitarian response planning, CVA presents opportunities for effective and efficient programming to meet the needs of people and communities affected by crises. With the number, scale and complexity of humanitarian crises increasing, CaLP acts as a catalyst for positive transformation within the sector. Bringing organizations together to strengthen capacity, knowledge, coordination and policy for CVA.


If you wish to participate, kindly register here: Webinar Registration

Applicants will be informed by 12th June 2020 about their confirmation status. Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on CVA, kindly indicate in the registration form and up to participants will be selected to share their experiences.

Webinar Moderator & Facilitator:


José Jódar is the Senior Technical Officer at CaLP and joined them in July 2019 after more than 12 years of work experience in multi-sectoral emergencies, livelihoods/food security and Cash & Vouchers Assistance programs with different organizations (mainly Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation AECID, Spanish Red Cross/International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Action Against Hunger) and in several contexts: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and, lately, MENA region. José holds a PhD in International Cooperation and Development Studies (University of Murcia, Spain) and a Master’s degree in Africa Studies (major in African Politics) at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London). He has a wide range of experience in CVA design and implementation, technical advisory, capacity building and both technical and institutional coordination.




Regina “Nanette” Salvador-Antequisa is the founding Executive Director of the Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB) in the Philippines and convenor of the Community Led Emergency Action Response Network (CLEARNet) in the Philippines that actively promotes survivor and community-led response (sclr) to crisis approach – a humanitarian-development-peace nexus advocacy in action. She has been involved with peace and development work for over 25 years and is engaged in local and national policy advocacy on the issues of disaster, poverty, conflict, environment and governance. Regina is currently the sectoral representative of the Victims of Disaster and Calamities sector to the government’s National Anti-Poverty Commission. She is actively involved in international advocacy on localization of humanitarian aid through her engagement with the global Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP), Charter4Change, Local to Global Protection and participation in the World Humanitarian Action Forum.


Sudhanshu S. Singh is a humanitarian and development professional with over 32 years of global experience in the sector. Sudhanshu is founder and CEO of Humanitarian Aid International (HAI) which aims to become the first Indian organisation, working globally with the Indian identity on poverty alleviation and disaster management. HAI is also currently hosting the international secretariat of Charter4Change.


Sudhanshu has worked with several international organisations at the Asia-Pacific level, and has been involved in managing responses to almost all major disasters in the Asia-Pacific region since 2001. He has been closely engaged with Agenda for Humanity, Grand Bargain and Charter for Change and was member of the steering group of World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF). Sudhanshu is also one of the founders and the international coordinator for Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP).

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP
Online webinar

Towards Risk-Sharing - Perspectives on localization and risk management in the context of Covid-19


Towards Risk-Sharing - Perspectives on localization and risk management in the context of Covid-19

Towards Risk-Sharing - Perspectives on localization and risk management in the context of Covid-19 2
The Covid19-crisis has highlighted the critical role played by national and local NGO humanitarian organisations to an unprecedented extent. At the same time Covid is posing new risks for humanitarian responders, especially to the local actors in their critical role. Wider efforts to strengthen support to national and local actors in the response are on-going. This webinar will focus on the topic of risk management and poses the following question: How can we better share risks between local and international actors in humanitarian response to Covid19 and beyond? 

Recent years have brought a proliferation of risk management standards, tools and requirements in humanitarian action to address concerns over safeguarding, financial management and other aspects of quality and accountability. Two concepts have come to the fore. ‘Risk transfer’ refers to how donors and international humanitarian agencies expect local partners to manage risk without adequately supporting them to do so. ‘Risk sharing’ refers to the concept of shifting towards a more partnership-based approach to understanding, managing and mitigating risk.

CAFOD, CORDAID, C4C, GISF, DRA and KUNO invite you to a webinar sharing perspectives from national NGOs working in Syria, Myanmar and Nigeria, and reflections from international donors, INGOs and UN agency representatives on ways forward. Other participants will be invited to pose questions and responses via a chatbox.

Speakers (preliminary)

  • Dr Win Tun Kyi, Director, Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS), Myanmar
  • Josephine Habba, National Coordinator Jireh Doo Foundation Nigeria and National Coordinator NINGONET
  • Fadi Hallisso, Director, Basmeh and Zeitooneh, Lebanon/Turkey

Followed by:

  • Responses from a panel of donor agencies and international humanitarian agencies


Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
Organiser or Host: 
Online Webinar