Each year, ICVA holds an Annual Conference, which provides an important opportunity for members to connect and discuss issues relevant to the humanitarian sector, as informed by ICVA’s membership base. On 18 March, the first-ever Virtual Annual Conference discussed the topic of principled humanitarian action and risk management. This took the form of three webinar sessions organized in collaboration with PHAP.
At ICVA’s 2019 Annual Conference on “Translating Commitment to Action,” ICVA members and partners highlighted the importance to of looking more closely at the risk to principled humanitarian action and in turn the risks taken by NGOs to deliver effective and efficient humanitarian assistance to those most in need. In order to deliver on our mandate, as humanitarian actors, we have committed to uphold and respect principles enshrined in international legal frameworks (i.e. Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, and International Criminal Law), the humanitarian principles, the global humanitarian standards, the Principles of Partnership, principles on localization, safeguarding principles, etc. In the meantime, NGOs often operate in volatile conflicts and extremely complex humanitarian settings and are placed under even more pressure to deliver better with less resources and under increased legal, bureaucratic, security and political restrictions. How does this all impact NGOs and our commitments on principled intervention? It definitely requires us as NGOs to take more risks. What are the additional risks and how do we choose whether to accept them or not? How does this all impact on the individuals and populations we are working with?
ICVA’s Annual Conference brought together members, States, donors, UN agencies, experts and other stakeholders who shared their experiences, lessons learned, challenges and ways forward around these issues. The Annual Conference was held on 18 March in the format of three interactive webinar sessions, delivered in collaboration with PHAP.