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.

In the fifth session of the learning stream on humanitarian financing, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP, private sector and NGO representatives will explore current trends relating to private funding for humanitarian NGOs. Participants will be provided with an overview of the different existing private funding mechanisms, with a particular focus on emerging trends – such as private humanitarian innovation and Islamic social financing – and key challenges for NGOs.

Focus: To provide NGOs with a general understanding of private sector’s funding mechanisms, emerging trends (i.e. Islamic social financing) and fundraising opportunities from individuals

Learning objectives:

  • Awareness of the primary factors that drive funding from the private sector to the humanitarian sector
  • Familiarity with different sources of private funding, including donations, trusts, foundations, and fundraising campaigns
  • Awareness of the main trends and challenges regarding NGO access to private funding sources
  • Knowledge of the different sources of information on private funding


Topic Five: Webinar



  • Charlotte Lattimer, Senior Policy and Engagement Advisor, Development Initiatives
  • Annemieke Tsike-Sossah, Head of Portfolio, Reshaping Humanitarian Response, IKEA Foundation
  • Rebecca Davies, Global Humanitarian Fundraising Consultant, Save the Children International 


  • Melissa Pitotti, Head of Policy at ICVA
  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP


Webinar follow-up Questions and Answers

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Expert Interview: Annemieke Tsike-Sossah, Head of Portfolio for Humanitarian and Emergency responses, IKEA Foundation

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