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18 April 2017
What are the current global, regional, and country level mechanisms for humanitarian coordination? How can NGOs contribute to and influence both the established and the new coordination models in the humanitarian sector? And how can NGOs engage in the different fora and consortia aiming to collectively strengthen humanitarian response? The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit reiterated the importance of improving coordination mechanisms among...
10 April 2017
On 3 March, the last session of PHAP’s and ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian financing took place gathering over 200 participants from around the world. The event focused on the implications of the Grand Bargain for NGOs, and their role in shaping the process. Participants were first provided with an overview of the Grand Bargain by Melissa Pitotti from ICVA. This was followed by guest expert presentations focusing on three of...
6 April 2017
The International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) has just launched an exciting new program with the support of CHS Alliance and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Offering the first-ever independent certifications in specific core humanitarian competencies, the PHAP Credentialing Program offers a credible and useful method for practitioners to demonstrate professionalism, commitment, knowledge,...
1 March 2017
Following intensive work over the past six months, involving hundreds of humanitarian practitioners and other experts, the PHAP Credentialing Program will launch its first three certifications in March 2017. The certifications, developed through a rigorous process compliant with the ISO 17024:2012 standard for certification of personnel, will cover competency areas relevant across the humanitarian sector: Understanding the humanitarian ecosystem...
28 February 2017
Given the unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes without leaving their country of origin in both conflict and disaster contexts, it is crucial for all humanitarian actors to understand the existing legal protection of IDPs under different legal frameworks at international, regional and national levels. On 21 February, PHAP hosted an online learning session on the legal protection of IDPs with two PHAP members: Cecilia Jimenez,...
27 February 2017
In mid-February, PHAP launched its new online community for members of the association, the PHAP Member Exchange. The purpose of the community is to facilitate the provision of timely, practical information and resources in response to questions that arise in members’ day-to-day work, drawing on the tremendous amount of experience among the PHAP membership. In the two weeks since the launch, members have been sharing advice on questions of...
26 February 2017
Starting in May, PHAP will be organizing a new series of live online learning sessions together with the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) on the topic of humanitarian coordination and the role of NGOs in coordination mechanisms. Building on the format of the previous series organized together with ICVA on humanitarian financing, these monthly events will focus in on different aspects of the humanitarian coordination ecosystem...
15 February 2017
We are happy to announce the latest addition to the PHAP Member Affinity Program: The Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) at Tufts University. The Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance is a rigorous academic program designed to prepare humanitarian practitioners to address today’s challenges as leaders in the evolving landscape. This one-year, joint degree is offered by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and...
9 February 2017
We are pleased to announce an upcoming series of events in PHAP’s Humanitarian Law and Policy professional development track, taking place in Amman, Brussels, Geneva, Nairobi, Jerusalem, and London. In each location, we will be organizing a three-day Core Professional Course on Humanitarian Law and Policy followed by a two-day Thematic Workshop. Each Thematic Workshop focuses in depth on a different issue of concern to humanitarian actors...
31 January 2017
The widely-used Sphere Handbook will undergo a revision process over the course of 2017. As part of its work to support critical policy and standards processes in the sector through bringing in practitioner voices, PHAP is happy to announce that it will be partnering with Sphere to help strengthen the consultation process for the revision. Sphere establishes and promotes minimum standards by which the global humanitarian community responds to...

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