Topic One – The IASC and the global humanitarian coordination architecture: How can NGOs engage?


What is the current global humanitarian architecture? What is the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC)? And how can NGOs engage in the various IASC coordination mechanisms? Join us on 31 May for the first online session, in partnership with PHAP, for ICVA’s new learning stream on humanitarian coordination.

Participants will be provided with an overview of IASC humanitarian coordination mechanisms at the country, regional, and global levels, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

The event will explore the current coordination structures, and the way for NGOs to engage in such structures, with a special focus on how the country-level and global-level mechanisms coordinate and feed into each other.

Focus: To provide NGOs with a general understanding of IASC-led humanitarian coordination actors and mechanisms at different levels.

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge of the different IASC coordination structures at country, regional and global level

  • Familiarity with key actors of the global humanitarian coordination system, and their main roles

  • Understanding of the cluster approach, its purpose and main features

  • Awareness of the main trends, opportunities and challenges for NGOs to engage in coordination mechanism

  • Familiarity with sources of information on the humanitarian coordination structures


  • Kate Halff, Executive Secretary, Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR)

  • Kirk Prichard, Director of Humanitarian Programs, Concern U.S.

  • Leila Muriithia, Senior Programmes Officer & Programme Officer Legal and Social Justice Programme, Refugee Consortium of Kenya


  • Emmanuelle Osmond, Senior Policy Officer - Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA

  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP



Click on the briefing paper below to access a summary of content discussed throughout topic one.

This paper is also available in French and in Turkish


Access the briefing paper in French