Learning Stream on Humanitarian Coordination: The IASC and the global humanitarian coordination architecture
What is the current global humanitarian architecture? What is the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC)? And how can NGOs engage in the various IASC coordination mechanisms? On 31 May, PHAP and ICVA hosted the first online session of the new learning stream on humanitarian coordination.
Participants were provided with an overview of IASC humanitarian coordination mechanisms at the country and global levels, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.
The event examined the current coordination structures, and the way for NGOs to engage in such structures, also exploring how the global-level structures coordinate with country-level mechanisms, and how they feed into each other.
Session recording (YouTube - faster loading time)
Session recording (audio podcast)
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
- Knowledge of the different IASC coordination structures at country, regional and global levels
- Familiarity with key actors of the global humanitarian coordination system, and their main roles
- Understanding of the cluster approach, its purpose and main features
- Awareness of the main opportunities and challenges for NGOs to engage in coordination mechanism
- Familiarity with sources of information on the humanitarian coordination structures
The event was particularly targeted to those working in international and national NGOs engaged in humanitarian action, who are seeking for a stronger understanding of the various humanitarian coordination mechanisms. The event was also open to the public.
- OCHA, “International Coordination Mechanisms,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
- Humanitarian Response, “Clusters: Who does what?,” HumanitarianResponse.info
- Emergency Directors Group (EDG), “IASC Emergency Directors Group 2016 Summary Report,” Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), March 2017
- ICVA, "NGOs & International Inter-Agency Humanitarian Coordination Architecture," NGO Coordination Resource Centre
- IASC's website
Executive Secretary, Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR)
Director of Humanitarian Programs, Concern U.S.
Senior Programme Officer, Refugee Consortium of Kenya
Executive Director, PHAP
Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA
PHAP Credentialing Program
Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem
In particular, the event addresses segment 3.1 of the certification assessment outline. It also addresses some aspects of segments 1.2, 1.5, 2.3, and 3.2.
Learning stream on humanitarian coordination
As part of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, this event was the first session of six live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP is organizing in the coming months with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at global, regional, and country levels.
Read more and register for the upcoming event of PHAP's and ICVA's learning stream on humanitarian coordination:
- NGOs in government-led and refugee coordination contexts at phap.org/9nov2017
Geneva Humanitarian Connector
This event was made possible by ICVA and through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.