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.

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

Read the interview with Kirk Prichard from Concern U.S. on the importance of understanding humanitarian coordination.

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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.

Introductory whiteboard video

Learning objectives

  • 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

Target audience

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.

Recommended resources

Speakers

Kate Halff

Executive Secretary, Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR)

Kirk Prichard

Director of Humanitarian Programs, Concern U.S.

Leila Muriithia

Senior Programme Officer, Refugee Consortium of Kenya

Co-hosts

Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Emmanuelle Osmond

Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, ICVA

 

PHAP Credentialing Program

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

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program

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 other upcoming events of PHAP's and ICVA's learning stream on humanitarian coordination:

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.

May 31st, 2017 10:30 AM   through   12:00 PM

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