Humanitarian financing worldwide is changing – how does it impact NGOs active in humanitarian work? In the first learning session on demystifying humanitarian financing, organized jointly by ICVA and PHAP, experts from OECD, Development Initiatives, and World Vision gave presentations and answered questions regarding the current state of humanitarian financing and how recent trends are affecting NGOs.

The first session of this series concentrated on the current realities and emerging trends of humanitarian financing. Participants were provided with an overview of the different traditional and emerging financing streams coexisting in the humanitarian sector, with a focus on how NGOs access humanitarian funding and the challenges they currently face.


Cyprien Fabre Cyprien Fabre Humanitarian Policy Analyst - Fragility, Conflicts and Humanitarian Aid at OECD
Julian Srodecki Julian Srodecki Technical Director of Humanitarian Grants at World Vision
Sophia Swithern Sophia Swithern Head of Research and Analysis at Development Initiatives


Angharad Laing Angharad Laing Executive Director, PHAP
Melissa Pitotti Melissa Pitotti Head of Policy, ICVA

Briefing paper

ICVA has prepared a briefing paper based on the discussions during the event. You can access the document in EnglishFrench, and Arabic.

For additional resources on this topic, you can go here.

Recordings and follow-up

Event recording (YouTube - faster loading time)

Closed captions available in English

Sous-titré en français

الترجمات متوفرة باللغة العربية

Event recording (Adobe Connect - higher quality)

Event recording (audio podcast)

Introductory whiteboard video

Recommended resources

During the event the following resources and websites were mentioned by speakers and participants:

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

This event was made possible through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Learning stream on humanitarian financing

As part of the learning stream on humanitarian financing, this event was the first of six live interactive online learning sessions that ICVA and PHAP have organized between September 2016 and March 2017 with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian financing system.

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge of the overall size, composition, and flows of global humanitarian financing
  • Familiarity with the key traditional and emerging humanitarian financing streams, funding channels, and donors
  • Awareness of the main trends and opportunities affecting NGOs’ access to humanitarian financing
  • Awareness of the main challenges and limitations that NGOs encounter in accessing humanitarian financing
  • Familiarity with different sources of information on humanitarian financing

Target audience and event access

The stream specifically targets NGO staff, including field, policy and HQ staff, but all live sessions are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of humanitarian financing.

PHAP Credentialing Program

PHAP Credentialing Program

Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem

This event will help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem.

In particular, the event will address segment 2.6 of the certification assessment outline. It will also address some aspects of segments 1.5, 1.7, 3.2, and 3.6.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program