Learning Stream on Humanitarian Financing: Private funding – a growing source for NGOs?

Private funding of humanitarian work is changing – from having been primarily targeted at natural disaster response, in 2015, the response to the conflict in Syria received the majority of reported private funds. With most private funding channeled through non-governmental rather than governments or multi-lateral organizations, understanding current developments in private funding flows and mechanisms has become more pertinent than ever for NGOs.

The fifth session of PHAP’s and ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian financing focused on the growing potential of private funding in the humanitarian sector. Participants were provided with an overview of the main existing private funding mechanisms, with a particular focus on emerging trends and key challenges for NGOs, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Read the written responses to the follow-up questions by the guest experts

Read the interview with Annemieke Tsike-Sossah from IKEA Foundation on the role of the private sector in funding humanitarian work

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Closed captions available in English

Sous-titré en français

الترجمات متوفرة باللغة العربية

Session recording (audio podcast)

Briefing paper

ICVA has prepared an explanatory briefing paper on the discussions during the event. You can access the document in English. The briefing paper will be soon available in also French and Arabic.

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

Introductory whiteboard video

Learning objectives

  • Awareness of the primary factors that drive funding from the private sector to the humanitarian sector
  • Familiarity with different sources of private funding, including donations, trusts, foundations, and fundraising campaigns
  • Awareness of the main trends and challenges regarding NGO access to private funding sources
  • Knowledge of the different sources of information on private funding

Target audience

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.

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Charlotte Lattimer

Senior Policy and Engagement Advisor, Development Initiatives

Annemieke Tsike-Sossah

Head of Portfolio, Humanitarian Sector, IKEA Foundation


Rebecca Davies

Global Humanitarian Fundraising Consultant, Save the Children International


Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Melissa Pitotti

Head of Policy, ICVA


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 1.7, and 2.5.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program

Learning stream on humanitarian financing

As part of the learning stream on humanitarian financing, this event was the fifth 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.

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

This event was organized in line with the aims of the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

January 27th, 2017 10:30 AM   through   12:00 PM

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