World Humanitarian Summit: What is ICVA doing?

In addition to information sharing and promoting opportunities for dialogue, the following key focus areas are proposed to guide ICVA’s WHS engagement.


Objective 1: Amplify NGO voices and NGO commitments and propositions for the WHS


  1. Gather, synthesize and share emerging trends and NGO commitments for the WHS.
  2. Amplify NGO contribution through proceeding an analysis through producing an analysis of NGO commitments for dissemination in various WHS for a, and post- Istanbul.


Objective 2: Building on ICVA’s focus on the Principles of Partnership, amplify NGO voices in discussions and recommendations on localization, emphasizing ICVA’s focus on complementarity


  1. Briefing paper on complementarity and localization.
  2.  Participate in and promote NGO perspectives in a WHS localization advisory group.
  3. Host ICVA’s 2016 Annual Conference on complementarity and localization.


Objective 3: Facilitate NGO engagement in discussions related to financing humanitarian action


  1. Influence the HLP’s proposed Grand Bargain”, by promoting recommendations from the “Less Paper, More Aid” project and participating in relevant platforms.
  2. Participate in a side event on humanitarian financing at the WHS.

ICVA Regional Hubs

Advocating for and ensuring the inclusion of affected populations and national NGOs in WHS consultations.

ICVA’s West Africa Hub developed a short paper – ‘How can NGOs influence the World Humanitarian Summit’. This resource provided guidance to local and national NGOs to: stand for a place in respective regional steering committees; participate in or lead preliminary national consultations; and to advocate for a strong level of NGO participation in consultations.  

ICVA's Middle East and North Africa Hub and member Amel organized a consultation in Lebanon, bringing together representatives from the rich Lebanese civil society.

ICVA’s Middle East and North Africa Hub, in collaboration with OCHA's MENA, conducted consultations with affected populations around the region to ensure that the experiences of those affected by crises are reflected in the WHS process. In partnership with national and international NGOs, discussions have been held in Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza) and Jordan with representation from youth, women and community leaders, Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian, and African refugees, as well as IDPs and other vulnerable populations. Key recommendations from the consultations highlighted:

  • The need to empower affected populations in host States
  • Uphold basic refugee rights (such as openness in refugee resettlement and freedom of movement policies)
  • The need to strengthen coordination with host governments and within the humanitarian system
  • Use new means of communicating with refugees, strengthening accountability for affected populations
  • The importance of improving preparedness and resilience in conflicts.



Promoting the Principles of Partnership in the lead up to the WHS, and the inception of the #ICVAPoP campaign.

The importance of partnerships has been a recurring theme of many WHS consultations. The WHS therefore provides one important opportunity to highlight the importance of the Principles of Partnership (PoP).

In March 2015, ICVA’s Annual Conference provided an important opportunity for members to convene and discuss partnerships in the lead up to the WHS. Emerging from the Annual Conference and ICVA’s focus on the PoP over recent years, ICVA is launching the #ICVAPoP campaign. 

The #ICVAPoP campaign, is ICVA’s callout to all humanitarian entities to commit to the Principles of Partnership, and to share how they apply these principles within their partnerships and programmes.

Organizations signing up to the #ICVAPoP campaign will be a part of a global group of diverse humanitarian actors, committed to ensuring the PoP remains foundational to humanitarian partnerships. This collective statement will be submitted to the WHS Secretariat by 31 July, 2015.

Please click here to learn more and to join the #ICVAPoP campaign.


Active engagement in various WHS Regional Steering Committees.

ICVA, through its regional hubs, is actively involved in a range of WHS initiatives throughout Asia Pacific, West Africa and Middle East & Northern Europe regions. At the regional level, over the last year, ICVA's Regional Representatives has been actively engaged in five Regional Steering Committees (RSG) to highlight, in online and face-to-face forums, a need for strong level of NGO representation to influence consultation agendas and ensure that the WHS process is inclusive of national and local humanitarian actors. 

In the WHS North and South East Asia regional consultation, ICVA’s strong regional network was utilised to ensure national consultation feedback was included in regional discussions, and that civil society representatives were present at the regional consultation. 


Collecting and sharing ICVA member’s submissions to the WHS Secretariat.

ICVA serves to provide a platform for increased collaboration and coordination between NGOs and other humanitarian actors. Through coordinating and engaging with NGOs, ICVA will highlight key WHS issues pertinent to NGOs. ICVA's website therefore acts as a vehicle for NGOs to share key statements and position papers. Click here to access ICVA member and NGO statements.


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