Topic Six – NGOs in government-led and refugee coordination contexts


The humanitarian coordination learning stream has so far covered how NGOs engage and how NGO fora and consortia function in the international humanitarian coordination architecture at the global, regional and country levels.

The UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/46/182 of 1991 states that “in a natural disaster and other emergencies occurring on its territory… the affected State has the primary role in the initiation, organization, coordination, and implementation of humanitarian assistance within its territory.” The increasing capacity of many governments to lead humanitarian coordination efforts, coupled with the growing critique of relying on an internationally led approach to humanitarian coordination means that NGOs are engaging even more with governments to provide humanitarian assistance.

Moreover, in the light of the refugee crises that we are currently witnessing around the world, another coordination model has become increasingly important for humanitarian practitioners and NGO staff: the Refugee Coordination Model (RCM). It provides a framework for humanitarian response in the context of a refugee crisis and links with broader humanitarian coordination structures and the IASC cluster system.

Join us on 9 November, in ICVA’s and PHAP’s sixth and last online session of the humanitarian coordination learning stream. The event will focus on how NGOs engage and interact with government-led coordination mechanisms and on NGOs role in the Refugee Coordination Model.  

9 November Webinar Recording






  • Paul Harvey, Partner, Humanitarian Outcomes


  • Vikrant Mahajan, CEO, SPHERE India


  • Arafat Jamal, Head of Inter-Agency Coordination Service, Division of External Relations, UNHCR


  • Patriciah Roy Akullo, Advocacy Officer, ACT Alliance Uganda Forum 


  • Emmanuelle Osmond, Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination at ICVA


  • Marc DuBois, PHAP Facilitator

Date and time: 9 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 their role in government-led coordination mechanisms for humanitarian action and the Refugee Coordination Model (RCM).

Learning objectives:

  • Familiarity with the role of governments in the coordination of humanitarian response
  • Awareness of the opportunities, challenges, and best practice for NGOs engaging in government-led coordination mechanisms
  • Understanding of the Refugee Coordination Model and how NGOs can engage in it
  • Awareness of the opportunities, challenges, and best practice for NGOs engaging in the Refugee Coordination Model

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