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26 April 2017
The PHAP Member Exchange, the association's new online community launched in February this year, has seen an increased level of interest to share practical information and resources in response to questions that arise in members' day-to-day work. Over the last month, the topics on which members have shared advice include improving birth registrations, dealing with unsolicited goods, guidelines for protection activities, reducing the...
23 April 2017
Following an intensive initial review process, the first draft of the Sphere Standards 2018 edition is now open for comments and suggestions from practitioners around the world. To provide an opportunity to learn about the main improvements and how you can contribute to the process, PHAP will host an online briefing session on 27 April. This will be an opportunity to hear directly from the lead chapter authors and the Sphere secretariat and ask...
21 April 2017
The consequences of counterterrorism laws and policies on humanitarian action have been widely debated and discussed. Indeed, in recent years, members of the humanitarian community have become increasingly aware of the real, perceived, and potential impact of such measures on the delivery of principled humanitarian assistance. Yet, humanitarian organizations continue to experience the effect of counterterrorism measures on their work, often...
18 April 2017
What are the current global, regional, and country level mechanisms for humanitarian coordination? How can NGOs contribute to and influence both the established and the new coordination models in the humanitarian sector? And how can NGOs engage in the different fora and consortia aiming to collectively strengthen humanitarian response? The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit reiterated the importance of improving coordination mechanisms among...
10 April 2017
On 3 March, the last session of PHAP’s and ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian financing took place gathering over 200 participants from around the world. The event focused on the implications of the Grand Bargain for NGOs, and their role in shaping the process. Participants were first provided with an overview of the Grand Bargain by Melissa Pitotti from ICVA. This was followed by guest expert presentations focusing on three of...
6 April 2017
The International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) has just launched an exciting new program with the support of CHS Alliance and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Offering the first-ever independent certifications in specific core humanitarian competencies, the PHAP Credentialing Program offers a credible and useful method for practitioners to demonstrate professionalism, commitment, knowledge,...
1 March 2017
Following intensive work over the past six months, involving hundreds of humanitarian practitioners and other experts, the PHAP Credentialing Program will launch its first three certifications in March 2017. The certifications, developed through a rigorous process compliant with the ISO 17024:2012 standard for certification of personnel, will cover competency areas relevant across the humanitarian sector: Understanding the humanitarian ecosystem...
28 February 2017
Given the unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes without leaving their country of origin in both conflict and disaster contexts, it is crucial for all humanitarian actors to understand the existing legal protection of IDPs under different legal frameworks at international, regional and national levels. On 21 February, PHAP hosted an online learning session on the legal protection of IDPs with two PHAP members: Cecilia Jimenez,...
27 February 2017
In mid-February, PHAP launched its new online community for members of the association, the PHAP Member Exchange. The purpose of the community is to facilitate the provision of timely, practical information and resources in response to questions that arise in members’ day-to-day work, drawing on the tremendous amount of experience among the PHAP membership. In the two weeks since the launch, members have been sharing advice on questions of...
26 February 2017
Starting in May, PHAP will be organizing a new series of live online learning sessions together with the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) on the topic of humanitarian coordination and the role of NGOs in coordination mechanisms. Building on the format of the previous series organized together with ICVA on humanitarian financing, these monthly events will focus in on different aspects of the humanitarian coordination ecosystem...

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