On 5 October, PHAP and ICVA organized the fifth online learning session of the learning stream on humanitarian coordination, which focused on The New Way of Working (NWOW), adopted by eight UN entities during the World Humanitarian Summit in order to work towards collective outcomes across the humanitarian, development, and peace building communities. Over 250 participants took part to learn more about this initiative from two of the leading actors in its implementation – the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – as well as NGO perspectives on its potential effects on their work.
Bruno Lemarquis, Acting Director of UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit, mentioned how this initiative has become a priority for the United Nations in order to achieve greater system coherence in the face of current challenges, such as the refugee crisis and other protracted crises, while aiming to achieve the 2030 Agenda’s development goals.
Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, OCHA’s Director of Policy, expanded on how NWOW is aiming to achieve collective outcomes, highlighting in particular multi-year framings and using comparative advantages and context-specific approaches. He then joined Bruno in discussing some of the practical considerations regarding the key areas of the NWOW: joint analysis, joint planning and programming, joint leadership and coordination, and joint financing.
Their presentations were followed by two interventions from NGO representatives, who discussed the main risks and opportunities that the NWOW could entail for NGOs in humanitarian work. Lise Fouquat, Senior Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor at Action Against Hunger (ACF), underline the need to keep aid away from politicization, to avoid increasing bureaucratic requirements, and to always apply humanitarian principles in emergency response.
James Curtis, Country Director for Djibouti and Ethiopia at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) shared his experience with humanitarian and development joint programming in Djibouti. He highlighted the importance of leadership at country level, and the need for higher communication and engagement between all actors, and for robust learning and information dissemination mechanisms at the field level.
If you missed the sessions, you can now find the audio and video recordings of the presentations and the following Q&A session at phap.org/5oct2017
As an introduction to the event, ICVA and PHAP also had the opportunity to interview Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office, whose main mandate is to ensure coherence across the UN political, peacekeeping, development, humanitarian, human rights, and rule of law portfolios. You can read the interview at phap.org/5oct2017/interview
Learning stream on humanitarian coordination
This event was the fifth session of six live interactive online learning events that PHAP and ICVA are 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 the next session:
- 9 November 2017: NGOs in government-led and refugee coordination contexts
And 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
- 5 October 2017: The New Way of Working: What does it mean for NGOs?