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.
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Sous-titré en français
الترجمات متوفرة باللغة العربية
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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.
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- 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
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.
- Velina Stoianova, “Private funding: An emerging trend in humanitarian donorship,” GHA Briefing Paper, April 2012
- Chloe Stirk, “Humanitarian assistance from non-state donors: What is it worth?,” GHA Briefing Paper, April 2014
- Steve A. Zyck, “Using private sector know-how to improve humanitarian fundraising,” ODI, 29 April 2014
- Amjad Mohamed-Saleem, “The role of Islamic social financing in humanitarian action,” WHS Blog, 2015
- Sophia Swithern & Charlotte Lattimer, “Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2016,” Development Initiatives, 2016
Senior Policy and Engagement Advisor, Development Initiatives
Head of Portfolio, Humanitarian Sector, IKEA Foundation
Global Humanitarian Fundraising Consultant, Save the Children International
Executive Director, PHAP
Head of Policy, ICVA
PHAP Credentialing Program
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.
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.