Websites of Interest

Links to the websites of ICVA members can be found on the Our Members page of this site.

The Advocacy Project

The Advocacy Project, created in the summer of 1998 by a group of individuals with a commitment to human rights and an interest in information technology, works as a "virtual organisation". It makes technology more accessible to advocates who are campaigning for social justice, particularly those at the community level. In 1998, ICVA worked with the Advocacy Project on a series of "On the Record" newsletters around UNHCR's Executive Committee. The Advocacy Project also helped ICVA develop its website and e-mail newsletter, Talk Back, in 1999.



ALNAP - the Active Learning Network for Accountablitiy and Performance in Humanitarian Action -  is an interagency forum working to improve learning, accountability and performance issues in the international humanitarian system.  The ALNAP membership represents donor organisations, UN agencies, NGOs, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, independent academic organisations and experts and the private sector.


CDAC Network

The Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network is a diverse group of organisations, including humanitarian and media development organisations, and technology providers.  The Network aims to ensure that communities affected by, and prone to, crisis are better able to withstand and recover from humanitarian emergencies, and are actively engaged in decisions about the relief and recovery efforts in their country.  Network Members believe that strengthening the capacity and systems of the response community through genuine collaboration between response actors, between response actors and affected communities, and amoung affected people themselves, will lead to more reliable and predictable communication with affected communities.


Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief

The 26th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1995 took note of, and welcomed, the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief (see Resolution 4)  and many humanitarian NGOs around the world have registered their support of the Code. The Code of Conduct lays out ten key principles for humanitarian organisations and is available in several languages.


European Council on Refugees and Exiles

ECRE is a European umbrella organisation of  82 NGOs   protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons.  www.


Forced Migration Review

Forced Migration Review (FMR) is the most widely read publication on forced migration - available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, and free of charge in print and online.  It is published by the Refugee Studies Centre in the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, England. Through FMR; authors from around the world analyse the causes and impacts of displacement; debate policies and programmes; share research findings; reflect the lived experience of displacement; and present examples of good practice and recommendations for policy and action.


Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

The IDMC is a leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement. For the millions of people worldwide displaced within their own country, IDMC plays a unique role as a global monitor and evidence based advocate to influence policy and action by governments, UN agencies, donors, international organisations and NGOs.


Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) was established in June 1992 in response to United Nations General Assembly Resolutions on the strengthening of humanitarian assistance.  It is the primary forum for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance, involving the key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.  ICVA is a standing invitee.



Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) aims to improve the quality and accountability of organisations working with people in need through the provision and promotion of meaningful and adapted independent quality assurance. An independent management committee decides on the allocation of subsidies. The committee members (ICVA is on the Subsidy Fund committee) represent HQAI, donors and organisations. Subsidies are mainly intended for national and/or small NGOs for which funding is a barrier to access HQAI services. NGOs have been subsidised in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, South Sudan, Turkey, Uganda. Click here find out more about the fund.



In July 1997, the Sphere Project was launched by a group of humanitarian agencies. This project sought to develop a set of universal minimum standards in core areas (water supply & sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter & site planning, and health services) of humanitarian assistance. The aim of the Project is to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response.

The Sphere Handbook is Sphere's flagship publication. It comprises the Humanitarian Charter, the Protection Principles, the Core humanitarian Standard, and niminum humanitarian standards in four vital areas of response.  Discover the Sphere Handbook 2018


UNHCR's Refworld

Refworld is a unique compilation of reliable information related to refugees, statelessness, migration, gender equality and women, internally displaced people, resettlement, voluntary repatriation and children. The information has been compiled from UNHCR's global network of field offices, governments, international, regional and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.


UNHCR's Emergency Handbook

The UNHCR Emergency Handbook is a guide/toolkit for UNHCR staff and partners, who are involved in humanitarian emergency preparedness and response. It was published on 12 June 2015 and UNHCR is continuously promoting its use. The UNHCR Emergency Handbook link is at:



Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (VOICE) is the largest European network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who are active in the field of humanitarian aid worldwide. VOICE seeks to involve its members in advocacy, common positioning and information exchange, and is the main interlocutor with the European Union on emergency aid and disaster risk reduction.


Voluntary Work Information Service

VWIS is an international networking service for volunteers, workers and travellers. VWIS provides information on voluntary work opportunities in the humanitarian and environmental domains in over 150 countires world-wide.