This learning session provided a more in-depth treatment of the principle of independence, focusing on practical dilemmas in its application and humanitarian funding mechanisms.

Directly following this learning session, a discussion and consultation event in support of the World Humanitarian Summit was organized.


Sean Lowrie Sean Lowrie is the Director of the Start Network, a consortium of 26 leading international NGOs working together to strengthen the humanitarian aid system. The consortium works in three areas: Start Fund (financing for emergency response); Start Engage (strengthening civil society capacity); and Start Labs (innovation to find new ways to deliver humanitarian assistance). The Consortium Agreements enable resources to be delivered through some 5000 organisations in 200 countries and territories.


Marc DuBois Marc DuBois currently an independent humanitarian consultant/researcher/blogger, was the Executive Director of MSF-UK from March 2008 until March 2014. He joined MSF in 1999, landing as a project coordinator in Khartoum, Sudan, where he managed a basic healthcare program. Following Sudan, Marc went to Angola as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer and then moved to Amsterdam, spending over six years in the Humanitarian Affairs Department of MSF-Holland, first as an advisor and later as head of department and researcher. Marc has a degree in philosophy from Yale University (BA 1981), an MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (1988) and a degree in law from Columbia University in New York (JD 1994).


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Note that the Adobe Connect recording also includes the ensuing panel discussion.

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PHAP Credentialing Program

PHAP Credentialing Program

Applying Humanitarian Principles in Practice

This event will help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Applying Humanitarian Principles in Practice.

The event will address domain 1, in particular, segments 1.1, 1.3, 1.7, 1.11, and 1.12 of the certification assessment outline. It will also adress some aspects of segment 3.1.


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Learning objectives

  1. Understanding of the core humanitarian principle of independence, both in its definition and its implementation.
  2. Knowledge of examples of the practical implications of independence in the course of humanitarian action.
  3. Understanding of the nature of challenges and dilemmas involved in translating independence into operations, particularly in regard to financial independence.
  4. Familiarity with potential new funding mechanisms that will improve financial independence from traditional donor model.


PHAP members will have the possibility to undergo a two-part assessment after the session as part of the PHAP Continuous Learning Credits framework.

Part 1: Comprehension check

Part 2: Written reflection

To encourage peer learning among members, selected essay responses will also be published on the website, if approved by the writer. As a member, you can comment on the responses and read other members' comments.

Read the written reflections

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