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17 October 2017
Following the wide engagement on the first draft of the new revised Sphere standards, the second draft is now now open for comments and suggestions from practitioners around the world. PHAP is supporting the process again through organizing the online consultations and analyzing the results. The first phase of the revision process was the most inclusive in Sphere’s history – over 2,500 comments were submitted and more than 1,200...
13 October 2017
What will humanitarian crises look like 15 years from now? And what strategies can we employ to help us prepare? In recognition of United Nations Day on 24 October 2017, the Geneva Humanitarian Connector – a joint initiative of PHAP and the Swiss Government – invites all humanitarian actors in Geneva to join a networking lunch for the launch of the Interagency Regional Analysts Network’s (IARAN) report The Future of...
12 October 2017
On 5 October, PHAP and ICVA organized the fifth online learning session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, which focused on The New Way of Working (NWOW), adopted by eight UN entities during the World Humanitarian Summit in order to work towards collective outcomes across the humanitarian, development, and peace building communities. Over 250 participants took part to learn more about this initiative from two of the leading...
26 September 2017
Following an intensive review and consultation process, the PHAP Credentialing Program is happy to announce the finalization of the competency outlines for the new certifications in MEAL, Needs Assessment, and cash transfer programming. This lays the groundwork for the next phase of work, which will focus on the development of certification assessments in these three areas. Over the past five months, the certification development process has...
24 September 2017
How are OCHA coordination mechanisms relevant for NGOs active in humanitarian response and how can they best engage in them? This overall question was addressed on 14 September during PHAP’s and ICVA’s fourth online session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, which focused on OCHA’s coordination mechanisms. The 200 participants were provided with an overview of OCHA’s five core functions by Loretta...
30 July 2017
On 20 July, PHAP and ICVA hosted the third online session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, which gathered over 100 participants from around the world. The event focused on how NGO fora and consortia help strengthen humanitarian response and how NGOs can better engage with these structures at the country and global level. Raphael Gorgeu from ICVA started off this session with an overview of what an NGO forum or consortium...
25 July 2017
The PHAP Credentialing Program is developing three additional professional certifications this year, and your input is needed for the practice analysis. In order to ensure that the certification exam outlines reflect the requirements of actual practice, we have launched three surveys to verify what you, as an experienced practitioner, consider to be essential competencies required for effective and responsible practice in the following three...
17 July 2017
It is increasingly important for today’s practitioners in humanitarian contexts to objectively demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be competent in their work. Responding to employers’ and practitioners’ demands, in April this year, PHAP started development of three additional certifications as part of its existing Credentialing Program. The three new certifications – in...
25 June 2017
Guidelines, organizational standards, professional certifications: the humanitarian sector has seen considerable development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian action. To take stock of the current situation, the Geneva Humanitarian Connector – a joint initiative of PHAP and the Swiss Government – hosted an informal panel discussion in May with experts and representatives of...
23 June 2017
Is the humanitarian sector on the right track to fulfilling the promises of the Grand Bargain? One year after the World Humanitarian Summit where the Grand Bargain was adopted, IRIN and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) co-hosted an event to discuss progress and setbacks in the proposed reforms of humanitarian financing. The discussion was made accessible to a global audience through PHAP’s Geneva Humanitarian Connector ...

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