PHAP and ICVA organize first session of Humanitarian Coordination online learning stream

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), one of the primary coordination bodies for humanitarian action at the global level. Hosted by PHAP’s Executive Director Angharad Laing and ICVA’s Senior Policy Officer Emmanuelle Osmond, the event included speakers involved in various ways in IASC’s work and saw the active participation of over 200 people from all around the world.

Concern Worldwide’s Director of Humanitarian Programs Kirk Prichard started the event with an overview of the key players in the humanitarian coordination arena, drawing on his organization’s experience of developing the Building a Better Response (BBR) course. Kate Halff, Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR), delved more deeply into the means available to non-governmental organizations to engage in the IASC’s coordination mechanisms. Leila Muriithia, from the Refugee Consortium of Kenya, spoke of her organization’s experience engaging in such mechanisms and highlighting challenges for national and local NGOs to participate. Kicking off the Q&A session with the participants, Belinda Holdsworth, Chief of the IASC Secretariat, also took the floor to provide further detail on the workings of the IASC and invited more NGOs to engage.

If you were not able to participate, audio and video recordings of the session are available at

The next session in this series, on the topic of “Humanitarian coordination architecture at country and regional levels”, will take place on 22 June 2017 at 10:30 (Geneva time). Registrations are open at