ICVA’s and PHAP’s final online session on humanitarian coordination

The sixth and final online session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination took place on 9 November, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP. The event focused on government-led coordination mechanisms in general, and presented the Refugee Coordination Model, a mechanism led by host governments and UNHCR.

The session featured presentations from Paul Harvey (Humanitarian Outcomes), Vikrant Mahajan (Sphere India), Arafat Jamal (UNHCR), and Patriciah Roy Akullo (ACT Alliance, Uganda Forum).

Paul Harvey introduced the primary responsibility of States to respond to emergencies occurring on its territory, as stated in the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/46/182 of 1991. He explored how the level of engagement governments in emergency response varies considerably, especially in terms of involvement in coordination structures.

Vikrant Mahajan, CEO of Sphere India, a coalition of humanitarian agencies in India, described the role of its organization in working together with the government in India, for example through the promotion of common tools and processes, support platforms, collaborative advocacy, and capacity sharing.

Their presentations were followed by two interventions focused on refugee coordination contexts. Arafat Jamal, Head of the Inter-Agency Coordination Service at UNHCR, presented the Refugee Coordination Model – a system under which UNHCR coordinates a refugee response together with the host government. He also addressed the issue of working in mixed situations with both humanitarian and development communities, and the need for new approaches such as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).

Patriciah Roy Akullo shared her experience with this model as an Advocacy Officer for ACT Alliance in Uganda, a refugee hosting nation, in which the government plays the primary role in coordinating the response to refugees in need, with the support of UNHCR and implementing partners. She pointed out the challenges of often working under time pressure and encountering issues with authorities, but she also noted that UNHCR’s support and the government’s role and willingness to facilitate legal and land issues helped facilitate the work.

You can now find the audio and video recordings of the presentation and the following Q&A session at phap.org/9nov2017


Learning stream on humanitarian coordination

This event was the sixth and final session of six live interactive online learning events that PHAP and ICVA have been organizing in 2017 with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at the global, regional, and country level.

You can now access the recordings and resources from all the live sessions: