Topic Six – Alternative models for humanitarian coordination

Each humanitarian crisis requires a specific response, which could benefit from alternative coordination mechanisms. The increasing critique of relying on a centralized, one-size-fits-all approach, coupled the increased capacity of many governments to lead coordination efforts has led to the emergence of new coordination models, responding to specific needs through innovative mechanisms.

Needs and responses are different depending on the context. For instance, national governments may have a greater role in the coordination of a disaster relief operation on its own territory, with each government operationalizing different coordination structures. The increased prevalence of humanitarian response in urban contexts also questions the relevance of the current coordination mechanisms.

The sixth online session of ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian coordination, in partnership with PHAP, will explore these additional coordination mechanisms, in which all actors play an important precise role according the specificities of each crisis. Join us on 2 November in the presentation and discussion of such models.



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  • Emmanuelle Osmond, Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination at ICVA
  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP

Date and time: 2 November 2017, 10:30 a.m. 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 current, emerging, and potential models of humanitarian coordination at different levels.

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge of government-led coordination mechanisms in disaster contexts
  • Awareness of emerging area-based coordination mechanisms, for instance, in urban crises and of the refugee coordination model
  • Familiarity with sources of information on different coordination mechanisms

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