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18 May 2017
Building on its modular and practice-based approach to certification, the PHAP Credentialing Program has started the development of certifications in three additional areas, with a planned launch in April 2018. The three areas are: Monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (in collaboration with LINGOs) Cash transfer programming (in partnership with the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)) Humanitarian needs assessment We are...
17 May 2017
On 12 May, PHAP organized an online session with Naz K. Modirzadeh and Jessica S. Burniske from the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC), focusing on their recently published pilot empirical study on the impact of counterterrorism laws on humanitarian action as part of the Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement (CHE) Project. Jessica Burniske presented some of the main findings of this survey-based...
5 May 2017
PHAP hosted an online briefing session on 27 April as part of its partnership with Sphere for the revision process of the Sphere Handbook. Following two revisions in 2004 and 2011, Sphere recently published the first draft of a new version of the Sphere standards that will be published in 2018 reflecting the evolving needs of people affected by disaster and armed conflict. More than a hundred participants joined the session, which...
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...

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