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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 ...
1 June 2017
On 31 May, PHAP and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) organized the first session in the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, a new series of six live online events that will provide an overview of coordination mechanisms at different levels of the humanitarian sector, with a particular focus on how NGOs can engage. The event revolved around the mandate and structure of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC),...
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...

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