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 Hieber-Girardet at the OCHA office in Geneva and how local and international NGOs can be part of OCHA’s mechanisms. Ian Ridley, Head of OCHA in South Sudan, shared his personal reflections on NGO engagement, encouraging NGOs to actively approach OCHA in their country of operations and providing suggestions for how to get the most out of that engagement.
This was followed by two presentations from NGOs sharing their experiences of interacting with OCHA’s coordination mechanisms. Mohammed Alhammadi, Coordinator of the Syrian NGO Alliance spoke about the coordination role of his NGO network in the context of the Whole-of-Syria response and how OCHA has supported their activities through OCHA’s five core functions: coordination, policy, financing, advocacy, and information management. Wahyu Kuncoro from Plan International in Indonesia explored the benefits of working with OCHA on humanitarian response and emergency preparedness in the context of natural disasters. He also shared some recommendations for NGOs on how to better engage with OCHA, and mentioned some of the challenges they are currently facing, such as the decreasing presence of OCHA in disaster-prone regions.
You can now access the presentations, as well as the following Q&A session through the audio and video recordings of the event at https://phap.org/14sep2017
Learning stream on humanitarian coordination
This event was the fourth session of six live interactive online learning events that PHAP and ICVA is organizing in the coming months with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian coordination mechanisms at global, regional, and country levels.
Register for all upcoming sessions:
- 5 October 2017: The New Way of Working: What does it mean for NGOs?
- 9 November 2017: NGOs in government-led and refugee coordination contexts
Access the audio and video recordings of past sessions:
- 31 May 2017: The IASC and the global humanitarian coordination architecture
- 22 June 2017: Humanitarian coordination architecture at country and regional levels
- 20 July 2017: NGO fora and consortia from local to global
- 14 September 2017: OCHA and NGOs in humanitarian coordination