Topic Five – 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.

Session recording:



  • Bruno Lemarquis, Acting Director, Crisis Response Unit, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


  • Hansjeorg Strohmeyer, Director of Policy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


  • Lise Fouquat, Senior Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor, Action Against Hunger (ACF)


  • James Curtis, Country Director for Ethiopia and Djibouti, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) 



  • Melissa Pitotti, Head of Policy at ICVA

  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP


Date and time: 5 October 2017, 15:00 GMT+02:00

Length: 90 minutes (45 minutes of presentations max. followed by a 45-minute discussion)

Audience: The event is particularly targeted to those working in international and national NGOs engaged in humanitarian action, who are seeking for a stronger understanding of the various humanitarian coordination mechanisms. The event is also open to the public.

Focus: To provide NGOs with a general understanding of the ‘New Way of Working’, and the implications for NGOs.

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge of the New Way of Working, including its aspirations, the actors involved and potential implications across the humanitarian sector
  • Awareness of how the New Way of Working may impact NGO operations and policy priorities
  • Familiarity of how NGOs can engage in processes to contribute to and influence the New Way of Working.
  • Familiarity with further sources of information on the New Way of Working.







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