A Bridge Between Humanitarian Actors

Focus areas

Financing

ICVA advocates to ensure humanitarian financing meets the needs of populations affected by crises. We also strive to help NGOs, particularly national NGOs, understand, influence and have better access to humanitarian financing.

Humanitarian Financing Working Group...

ICVA’s Financing Working Group allows for ICVA members and other NGOs to discuss humanitarian financing developments & exchange information...
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Humanitarian Financing Working Group

ICVA’s Humanitarian Financing Working Group is a forum for ICVA members to discuss humanitarian financing developments, exchange information, understand NGOs views and concerns, and identify opportunities for collective advocacy.

Humanitarian Financing Working Group: Terms of Reference

Financing Working Group: Terms of Reference
23 July 2021
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ICVA hosts a number of working groups related to its focus areas (forced migration, financing and coordination) as laid out in ICVA’s Strategy. This is the proposed terms for reference for the ICVA humanitarian financing working group.

2019 Notes: Financing Working Group

Mr Jeremy Rempel
Head of Humanitarian Financing
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Since joining ICVA in xxxx Jeremy, based in the US,  has focused on the harmonisation and simplification of donor conditions for humanitarian financing.

Jeremy has worked with NGOs over the past twenty years in roles linked to accountability, capacity assessment, and audit. Prior to joining ICVA, he spent eleven years with World Vision International where he led the operations audit group and helped to develop capacity assessment processes for national offices.

Jeremy holds a degree in Diplomacy from Occidental College, and a master’s  in Public Policy from the University of California Los Angeles.

Mr Alon Plato
Policy Officer Humanitarian Financing
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Alon joined ICVA in 2018 first as an intern and was taken on as Policy officer supporting ICVA’s work on Humanitarian financing and PSEA.

Prior to ICVA, Alon worked with WILPF on its membership and internal communication, supporting the work of WILPF sections around the world and creating bridges between its members. Alon has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID) and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University.  In his free time, Alon likes volunteering with migrants in Geneva and is active on issues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

Donor Conditions and Partnerships ...

Less paper more aid is an initiative carried out by NGOs to reduce the burden of donor conditions on aid agencies...
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Overview: Less Paper More Aid

Less paper more aid is an initiative carried out by NGOs to reduce the burden of donor conditions on aid agencies and thereby improve the efficiency of humanitarian action.

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23 June 2016
Less Paper More Aid
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Grand Bargain...

The Grand Bargain aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of financing humanitarian action...
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Overview: Grand Bargain

The Grand Bargain, launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, is a unique agreement between some of the largest donors and humanitarian organisations who have committed to get more means into the hands of people in need and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian action.

As of February 2021, the signatories of the Grand Bargain endorsed a framework on the future of the Grand Bargain – known as the Grand Bargain 2.0.

The Grand Bargain 2.0 reframes the overall objective to achieving “Better humanitarian outcomes for affected populations through enhanced efficiency, effectiveness, and greater accountability” .

In September 2021 ICVA took over the NGO seat in the Grand Bargain Facilitation Group, in addition to a new specific local representation seat taken by NEAR.

Resources: Grand Bargain

To find out more about the Grand Bargain have a look at the following resources.

ICVA Paper
30 April 2017
The Grand Bargain explained: An ICVA briefing paper (March 2017)
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30 April 2017
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Check out more information discussed throughout this topic.

Resources

Report
17 November 2021
The Grand Bargain at five years: an independent review
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Reports
9 July 2018
Grand Bargain Workshop Report - Somalia 2018
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Grand Bargain Workshop Report-Somalia 2018
Grand Bargain “8+3” Template
27 March 2017
Resources: Grand Bargain “8+3” Template
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IASC Humanitarian Financing...

RG5 focuses on two strategic priorities: deepening and widening the resource base to reduce the humanitarian funding gap...
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Overview: IASC Results Group 5: Humanitarian Financing

ICVA is currently co-chair of the IASC results group 5 on humanitarian financing.

This group is focused on two strategic priorities:

  • deepening and widening the resource base to reduce the humanitarian funding gap;
  • and supporting the implementation of more flexible and simplified funding models, including multiyear funding, reduced earmarking, and harmonised UN systems.

More information about the Results Group 5 can be found on the IASC website

Resources

Key messages
18 September 2019
Key messages on Quality Funding
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IASC Results group 5 on humanitarian financing and results group 6 on Humanitarian, development and nexus, joint key messages on quality funding.

Report
3 July 2019
Financing the nexus
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This study contributes to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) humanitarian financing priorities of improving “aid effectiveness through more effective humanitarian- development funding flows and mechanisms”. It has two goals: to document the extent to which predictable, multi-year flexible financing is available at the programme level; and to understand the extent to which funding matches Collective Outcomes or the financial requirements of interoperable humanitarian and development plans.

Overview Risk Management

Humanitarians inherently work in places of high fragility, conflict, or instability. These characteristics both define where humanitarian action is needed and impact the ability of humanitarian actors to accomplish their mission of reducing human suffering.

The humanitarian imperative requires humanitarian organisations to accept a culture of risk in order to operate effectively in such environments. While a hight level of risk acceptance is embedded in the culture of humanitarian work, corresponding use of risk management tools is not yet embedded in the culture of many humanitarian NGOs. It is critical for NGOs to understand how to better identify and manage risk to improve their ability to respond effectively in humanitarian crises.

To work toward this objective, ICVA’s e-learning stream on  “Risk” (2019-2021) facilitates dialogue among humanitarian stakeholders on how to improve application of risk management approaches and tools. The series includes a number of briefing papers and webinars focused on a range of topics: risk and organisational culture, risk appetite and tolerance, security risk management, and staff well-being, among others.

The theme of ICVA’s Annual Conference 2020 was “Protecting principled humanitarian action: An honest conversion on risk” . Check out the recording and conference report.

Resources

ICVA Paper
24 March 2020
ICVA Briefing Paper: Risk and Humanitarian Culture
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This briefing paper examines the current risk landscape in humanitarian aid.

ICVA briefing paper
1 May 2021
ICVA briefing paper: Security Risk Management
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Security Risk Management

Assessing Decision-Making Processes in Local and International Humanitarian NGOs

E-Learning Risk Management in Practice
3 June 2020
Risk Management in Practice
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Risk awareness is something that is embedded in the culture of humanitarian work but risk management is not. Therefore, it is critical for NGOs to understand how to identify and manage risk. This learning stream provides a platform for the NGO community to share their current practice, discuss, and learn from one another in order to better understand how to manage risks when working in the humanitarian sector and apply it in their day-to-day work.

This series includes webinars on the following topics:

  • Risky Business: Reframing the fundamentals of risk management for humanitarians
  • Security Risk Management and Duty of Care during COVID-19
  • The Impact of Bank De-risking on Humanitarian Action
  • Balancing Risk Appetite and Risk Tolerance in Humanitarian Operations
  • Culture matters: Risks and opportunities related to leaderships, staff well-being and living our values
  • Risk Management & Funding Partnerships
Overview

Resources

Guidelines
1 March 2020
Practical Guide Project Cycle management and counter terrorism risks
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This practical guide draws on content from NRC’s ‘Toolkit for principled humanitarian action: managing counterterrorism risks’. It outlines the origin and impact of counterterrorism measures and proposes actions for humanitarian organisations to consider throughout the programme cycle to help manage and mitigate counterterrorism-related risks.

Humanitarian Pooled Funds...

ICVA aims to improve NGO access to and use of pooled funds...
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Overview: Humanitarian Pooled Funds

The CBPF-NGO Dialogue Platform has been an important forum to improve NGO engagement with OCHA on Pooled Funds.

Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) are a valuable mechanism used by donors to pool their contributions to support country specific humanitarian efforts. These funds can be allocated directly to local NGOs, to support donor’s localisation objectives. ICVA aims to develop a more systematic approach to identify how to improve participation of national NGO partners, and how to improve NGO access to and use of pooled funds.

Country-based Pooled Fund (CBPF)-NGO Dialogue Platform Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference
1 May 2021
Country-based Pooled Fund (CBPF)-NGO Dialogue Platform: Terms of Reference
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Report
1 November 2019
Country-Based Pooled Funds The NGO persepective
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The study also builds on NRC’s 2017 report, Understanding Humanitarian Funds. It endeavours to determine whether NGOs still feel CBPFs are fit for purpose, particularly in terms of Grand Bargain commitments to reduce the earmarking of donor contributions, increase multi-year disbursements and improve local and national humanitarians’ access to funding. It also discusses ways to reduce the administrative burdens on recipient organisations, and governance and decision-making issues.

Resources: Humanitarian Pooled Funds

CBPF NGO Dialogue Platform
1 August 2015
CBPF NGO Dialogue Platform: Why NGOs should engage
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Financing and E-learning...

Find more resources and learning materials related to ICVA Financing...
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E-learning series

E-Learning Risk Management in Practice
3 June 2020
Risk Management in Practice
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Description

Risk awareness is something that is embedded in the culture of humanitarian work but risk management is not. Therefore, it is critical for NGOs to understand how to identify and manage risk. This learning stream provides a platform for the NGO community to share their current practice, discuss, and learn from one another in order to better understand how to manage risks when working in the humanitarian sector and apply it in their day-to-day work.

This series includes webinars on the following topics:

  • Risky Business: Reframing the fundamentals of risk management for humanitarians
  • Security Risk Management and Duty of Care during COVID-19
  • The Impact of Bank De-risking on Humanitarian Action
  • Balancing Risk Appetite and Risk Tolerance in Humanitarian Operations
  • Culture matters: Risks and opportunities related to leaderships, staff well-being and living our values
  • Risk Management & Funding Partnerships
E-learning series

Demystifying Humanitarian Financing
16 September 2016
Demystifying Humanitarian Financing
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The 2016 ICVA learning stream on demystifying humanitarian financing is a series of webinars, videos and briefing papers to help NGOs better understand the various humanitarian financing mechanisms, influence policy related to humanitarian financing, and access funding.

Topics included in the webinar series include:

  • The Humanitarian Financing Landscape – Realities and emerging trends for NGOs
  • UN humanitarian funding – demystifying NGO access
  • Pooled funding – how can NGOs engage?
  • Bilateral funding – trends, challenges and opportunities for NGOs
  • Private funding – a growing source for NGOs?
  • The Grand Bargain and its impact on NGOs