Learning Stream on Humanitarian Coordination: Alternative models for humanitarian coordination

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Each humanitarian crisis requires a specific response, which could benefit from alternative coordination mechanisms. The increasing critique of relying on a centralized, one-size-fits-all approach, coupled with the increased capacity of many governments to lead coordination efforts has led to the emergence of new coordination models, responding to specific needs through innovative mechanisms.

Needs and responses are different depending on the context. For instance, national governments may have a greater role in the coordination of a disaster relief operation on its own territory, with each government operationalizing different coordination structures. The increased prevalence of humanitarian response in urban contexts also questions the relevance of the current coordination mechanisms.

The sixth online session of PHAP’s and ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian coordination will explore these additional coordination mechanisms, in which all actors play an important precise role according the specificities of each crisis. Join us on 16 November in the presentation and discussion of such models.

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge of government-led coordination mechanisms in disaster contexts
  • Awareness of emerging area-based coordination mechanisms, for instance, in urban crises and of the refugee coordination model
  • Familiarity with sources of information on different coordination mechanisms

Event time

Thursday, 16 November 2017

New York: 04:30 - 07:00
London: 09:30 - 11:00
Geneva: 10:30 - 12:00
Amman: 11:30 - 13:00
Nairobi: 12:30 - 14:00
Bangkok: 15:30 - 17:00
Manila: 16:30 - 18:00

To see when the live session will take place in your time zone, click here.

Target audience and event access

The event is 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 is also open to the public. In order to join the event, please register in advance at phap.org/16nov2017/register

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Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Emmanuelle Osmond

Senior Policy Officer – Humanitarian Coordination, 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.

The event will address some aspects of segments 2.2 and 3.2 of the certification assessment outline.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program

Learning stream on humanitarian coordination

As part of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, this event will be the sixth session of six live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP will organize 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 is made possible by ICVA and through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

November 16th, 2017 10:30 AM   through   12:00 PM

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