Transformation 4- Be Diverse, Inclusive and Live our Values

Focus areas

We are committed to protecting the rights of people and promoting best practices for safeguarding and fulfilling duty of care

Introduction...

Realising the full value of our diversity through being inclusive...
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Introduction

Realising the full value of our diversity through being inclusive and fostering participation will be essential for ensuring our relevance, legitimacy and impact as well as truly living our values. We will proactively address issues of bias and racism both at the organizational and individual, personal level. We commit to protecting the rights of people and also to promoting best practices for safeguarding, ensuring protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and fulfilling a duty of care.

In our membership:

The ICVA membership seeks to represent the full diversity of NGOs and NGO networks engaged in humanitarian action. Our approach to membership will require us to be creative in exploring effective ways of including both formal and informal groups that are less structured, but still represent important voices that need to be heard. The membership will not expand to include other sectors or non-NGO humanitarian actors as this would risk diluting the identity of ICVA.

In our governance:

ICVA will evolve its governance to do justice to its diversity; not only to include diverse members in the composition of our Board but to also integrate a more structured approach to representing the voices of members in the governance system as a whole. We will consider channels through Board members themselves, through processes leading to decisions and through use of regular member gatherings such as the Annual Conference. This will be a priority early on.

ICVA's Policy on Diversity

ICVA’s Diversity Policy was approved in 2019. The purpose of this Policy is to reinforce ICVA’s longstanding commitment to diversity, with a specific focus on:

  • Consideration of Gender: focusing on girls, women, boys and men; Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA); and protection against violence due to sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Consideration of age: the rights of the child and considerations for the elderly;
  • Disability and the rights of persons with disabilities.
Key documents

ICVA Policy on Diversity 2019
16 September 2019
ICVA Policy on Diversity 2019
Subject/ Inclusion & Diversity /
ICVA Policy on Diversity 2019
Description

The purpose of this Policy is to reinforce ICVA’s longstanding commitment to diversity considerations. Through this Policy, ICVA aims at supporting that persons of concern can enjoy their rights on equal grounds and participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities.

Key documents

ICVA Policy on Diversity 2019
16 September 2019
ICVA Policy on Diversity 2019
Subject/ Inclusion & Diversity /
ICVA Policy on Diversity 2019
Description

The purpose of this Policy is to reinforce ICVA’s longstanding commitment to diversity considerations. Through this Policy, ICVA aims at supporting that persons of concern can enjoy their rights on equal grounds and participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities.

Safeguarding...

ICVA works with member organisations to strengthen the humanitarian sectors approach to the prevention and response of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (PSEAH) for staff and the communities...
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Gender...

ICVA's 2019 Diversity Policy reinforce ICVA’s longstanding commitment to diversity, with a specific focus on the considerations of Gender....
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Introduction

ICVA’s 2019  Diversity Policy reinforce ICVA’s longstanding commitment to diversity, with a specific focus on the considerations of Gender. This includes its work on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA); and protection against violence due to sexual orientation and gender identity.

ICVA will continue and scale up the regional work whereby different actors from the region are brought together for learning opportunities, with thematic sessions on gender equality and gender transformation in related contexts and connecting changes at the implementation level with broader policy-level discussions.

Scoping study on Gender

ICVA’s work has so far remained limited to PSEA and participation and contribution to the GenCap. While a lot has been achieved on both subjects and the Secretariat will continue to invest in them, discussions among members and the Secretariat team have concluded not only in identification of the need for better inclusion of gender considerations, but also in a request by members for the Secretariat to do more in this regard.

In 2021 ICVA commissioned Plan International to undertake a scoping study to look at how to improve its inclusion of gender considerations and explore how to operationalise its Diversity Policy, approved in 2019.

The findings seek to answer two central questions:

  1.  to what extent and how do ICVA members’ work on gender equality in emergencies?
  2. How can ICVA improve in order to support members’ work on gender equality in emergencies?

 

This scoping study finds that ICVA is currently engaged in a number of workstreams that contribute to or are complementary with the gender equality in humanitarian action agenda, such as the strong work with local women-led organizations, but that more should be done to A) capitalize on the gains and opportunities presented, and B) respond to the requests from ICVA members to support them.

For full details see the scoping study, and the management response.

Key documents

Report
6 May 2022
A Scoping Study - What Role Should ICVA Play in Enhancing Member’s work on Gender in Emergencies?
Subject/ Gender / ICVA /
Scoping study - Gender in Emergencies
Description

This scoping study was commissioned by ICVA in response to requests from members to improve its inclusion of gender considerations and explore how to operationalise its Diversity Policy, approved in 2019.

Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies

ICVA is a Global Partner of the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies.  In April 2022, ICVA joined the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies.

The Call to Action is a global initiative of governments and donors, international organisations (IOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Its aim is to drive change and foster accountability within the humanitarian sphere so that every humanitarian effort, from the start, includes the policies, systems and mechanisms necessary to provide safe and comprehensive services to those affected by gender-based violence (GBV), to prevent GBV, and mitigate GBV risks, especially violence against women and girls.

As a Call to Action partner, ICVA is committed to ensuring implementation of this initiative’s Road Map and will submit an annual public report on progress in meeting commitments. ICVA’s 3 key commitments are:

  1. In partnership with members, ICVA will influence IASC policies, partnerships and practices to strengthen system-wide efforts on addressing GBV, promoting gender equality, PSEAH and ensuring accountability
  2. ICVA will support NGOs through capacity strengthening to implement system- wide and institutional policies to address GBV, strengthen gender equality, and ensure accountability, including in key strategic humanitarian documents
  3. ICVA will support local actors, particularly women’s organizations, to lead and engage in GBV response and gender equality coordination at all levels
Key documents

ICVA Commitments
4 July 2022
ICVA Commitments to the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies
Subject/ Gender /
ICVA Commitments to the Call to Action on Protection from GBV
Description

ICVA is a Global Partner of the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies and is committed to ensuring implementation of this initiative’s Road Map. ICVA’s 3 key commitments are:

  1. In partnership with members, ICVA will influence IASC policies, partnerships and practices to strengthen system-wide efforts on addressing GBV, promoting gender equality, PSEAH and ensuring accountability
  2. ICVA will support NGOs through capacity strengthening to implement system- wide and institutional policies to address GBV, strengthen gender equality, and ensure accountability, including in key strategic humanitarian documents
  3. ICVA will support local actors, particularly women’s organizations, to lead and engage in GBV response and gender equality coordination at all levels

Consideration of Age...

Within ICVA’s diversity work, child rights have become priority streams through joint initiatives and partnerships with members, UN agencies and other networks....
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Introduction

With emergency situations, disasters and conflict increasing worldwide, the suffering and humanitarian needs are driven upwards as well, in particular affecting children. While humanitarian principles require that assistance be delivered impartially to those most in need without discrimination, a “one-size fits-all” emergency response tends to overlook the specific, yet wide-ranging, vulnerabilities of young girls and boys in emergency contexts.

Within ICVA’s diversity work, child rights have become priority streams through joint initiatives and partnerships with members, UN agencies and other networks.

UN Consulting with Civil Society on mainstreaming Child Rights

In follow up to the UN Secretary General (SG) Report ‘Our Common Agenda’ and the Call to Action for Human Rights and as result of advocacy by the Child Rights Connect, the UN SG decided to draft a Guidance Note on mainstreaming the right of the child in all UN Pillars of work (for more on Child Rights Connect advocacy and the SG’s decision, please read here).

The Guidance Note will be developed through an inter-agency process, including civil society and children. A concept note has been circulated to outline the process.

ICVA strongly encourages its members and other stakeholders working for and with children in humanitarian contexts to participate and contribute to the process. You can now participate to the online survey in EnglishFrenchSpanish (deadline 30th August 2022). Regional online consultations are also expected to take place for:

·       North America & Caribbean (English)

·       Latin America (Spanish)

·       Europe & Middle East and North Africa region (English and Arabic)

·       Africa (English and French)

·       Asia (English)

·       Pacific & Australia (English)

We will continue to keep you informed on the process and opportunities to participate.

UNICEF-NGO Partnership in Humanitarian Action Annual Consultation

Beginning in 2019, ICVA and UNICEF agreed to reach out to the NGO sector to gather their feedback and perceptions of current strengths and challenges in the partnership with UNICEF and to explore pathways to improve such partnership. This resulted in the publication of ICVA’s scoping study on UNICEF-NGOs Partnership in Humanitarian Settings. The acknowledgement of both UNICEF and NGOs that more regular exchanges are needed to enable a partnership fit to respond to the challenges faced by children in today’s humanitarian landscape and the scoping study’s findings, led to the joint organisation by ICVA and UNICEF of the UNICEF-NGO Consultation for Partnership in Humanitarian Settings ‘Enhancing the Culture of Partnership’ in November 2019.

From 17 to 19 November 2020, UNICEF and ICVA hosted the virtual 2020 UNICEF-NGO Partnership in Humanitarian Action Annual Consultation ‘Working Together to Address Emerging Challenges’. It followed up on the commitments endorsed in 2019 and focused on the ongoing efforts to address emerging challenges in 2020, most notably the impacts of COVID-19 on partnerships, decolonialisation of aid, localisation, UNICEF simplified partnership procedures and funding flexibility for NGOs in the context of COVID-19

UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 Briefings

In 2020, ICVA, UNICEF, InterAction and SCHR convened a series of NGO briefings on Humanitarian partnerships on COVID-19 response. The briefings aimed at ensuring that the impact of COVID-19 and the response needed are discussed and built upon jointly by UNICEF and NGO partners to ensure a better collaboration on the ground in the collective response for children.

The FAQ, agendas and PowerPoint Presentations and other relevant documents from the UNICEF-NGO consultations and UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 briefings can be accessed in the resources section.

Key Documents

UNICEF-NGO Partnership in Humanitarian Action 2020 Annual Consultation: Documents
19 October 2020
UNICEF-NGO Partnership in Humanitarian Action 2020 Annual Consultation
Subject/ ICVA / Inclusion & Diversity /
UNICEF - NGOs Partnership in Humanitarian Settings 2019 Annual Consultation
2 November 2019
UNICEF-NGOs Partnership in Humanitarian Settings
Subject/ Safeguarding_PSEA / Inclusion & Diversity /
UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 Briefings Resource Page
10 July 2020
UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 Briefings Resource Page
Subject/ COVID-19 / Cross-cutting issues /
UNICEF-COVID-19 briefings
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In 2020, UNICEF, in co-organisation with three NGO consortia ICVA, SCHR and InterAction, launched its NGO briefings on Humanitarian partnerships in COVID-19 response.

UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 Briefings
28 April 2020
UNICEF COVID-19 webinars FAQ
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues /
UNICEF-NGO COVID-19 Briefings
Description

The first two briefings took place on 28 April and 5 May. They covered general aspects of UNICEF’s response as well as operational questions. A summary of questions posed during these briefings can be accessed here:

Resource page
11 November 2019
Revised Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Child Rights /

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities...

People with disabilities have asked humanitarian actors to better consider their rights in intervention....
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Introduction

Persons with disabilities are among the most marginalised people in crisis-affected communities and disproportionately affected by conflict and disasters. Facing substantial barriers to accessing assistance, people with disabilities are often not taken into account in humanitarian response or are considered only as recipients of aid and not as actors in the response.

This situation is however changing as people with disabilities have asked humanitarian actors to better consider their rights in intervention. Today a number of key documents and tools support inclusion of persons with disability in humanitarian programming.

Reference Group on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group agreed on the establishment of a Task Team on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, which, through a large number of consultations with member States, organisations of persons with disabilities and/or in humanitarian action and UN agencies, drafted the Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. They were endorsed by the IASC Principals in 2019.

Following the launch of the Guidelines, ICVA organised a webinar, entitled, Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action: what after the guidelines?, to discuss how the Guidelines should be implemented in practice and what actions are needed to translate them into concrete improvements in the daily activities of humanitarian organisations.

A Reference Group was also established to continue to bring together key stakeholders for the implementation of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The group provides support, develops supporting tools and resources and assists in dissemination. ICVA joined the Reference Group and is engaging in its working streams.

Resources

ICVA
19 November 2019
IASC Guidelines, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, 2019
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Learning /
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Description

The guidelines set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings.

E-learning resource
10 September 2021
Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action: What next after the guidelines?
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ICVA
10 May 2016
Charter on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Learning /
charter
Description

Key principles to make humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities.

ICVA
8 June 2020
COVID-19 in humanitarian contexts: no excuses to leave persons with disabilities behind!
Subject/ COVID-19 / Cross-cutting issues /
2021-09-08 (2)
Description

The report aims to illustrate how the COVID-19 crisis triggers disproportionate risks and barriers for men, women, boys and girls with disabilities living in humanitarian settings.