• The willingness of the Colombian government to acknowledge serious concerns regarding human rights and violations of international humanitarian law in the country.
  • A commitment from companies and the Colombian government to work collaboratively to protect and respect human rights by:

    1. Raising awareness of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
    2. Implementing the CME’s recommendations.
    3. Identifying best practices on security-related human rights issues. A reasonable level of trust between members.

    a. Raising awareness of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    b. Implementing the CME’s recommendations.

    c. Identifying best practices on security-related human rights issues. A reasonable level of trust between members.

  • A commitment to continuous improvement, as opposed to perfection. To this end, the CME has developed a verification mechanism that is applied annually by CME members.
  • Knowledge generation from the articulation of experiences, perspectives and best practices on crucial issues for the operation in the territory. This research is disseminated to working group members.

A Bridge Between Humanitarian Actors

Focus areas

Regional Hubs

In 2013 ICVA established three Regional Hubs in Asia, Africa and MENA. These hubs have enabled ICVA to be closer to its members, NGO networks and humanitarian partners.

Concretely this means being close to country operations, providing on–the-ground information to inform global policy debates, and offering much needed platforms for collective advocacy.

 

We would particularly like to thank ICMC in Amman, Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA) in Addis, International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Nairobi and Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) in Bangkok for hosting the ICVA Regional Hubs. Their support to this initiative has been invaluable!

Asia and the Pacific

Asia and Pacific Regional Hub...

The ICVA Regional Hub in Asia was established in July 2013 and is based in Bangkok, Thailand...
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Introduction to the Asia and Pacific Regional Hub

The ICVA’s Asia Hub, based in Bangkok, Thailand,  was established in 2013 following consultations held in 2012 with national and international NGOs operating in the region.  Since its opening, the Hub has engaged widely with members and partners in the region, through a range of projects, events, research, facilitations and missions that have fed into our global and regional portfolios.

The ICVA Asia Regional Hub works closely with members and NGO fora to:

  • Strengthen the role of NGO Fora in regional and national-level humanitarian coordination and advocacy
  • Facilitate ICVA’s engagement with inter-governmental organisations and Member States in the region
  • Link operational realities to global policies and practice
  • Create opportunities for regional consultation and collective action on issues of common interest.
ICVA Asia Working Group

This platform is for members to:

  • Exchange information and share regionally focused perspectives on the development of the humanitarian sector
  • Increase understanding and share opportunities for engagement with diverse and key actors in the region
  • Identify opportunities for engagement in regional or global advocacy initiatives.

Topics addressed include: the Grand Bargain, Global Compact on Refugees, IASC Regional Network, and regional engagement with diverse humanitarian actors.

To join the group contact the ICVA Asia Regional Representative.

Asia and Pacific Regional Resources

Report
23 December 2019
Positive Disruption? China’s Humanitarian Aid
Subject/ Asia region /
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Description

China’s global aid program is evolving and expanding prompting considerable interest from the international humanitarian sector. Much attention has been paid to developments in Chinese aid. Most work examines the geopolitical, development aid and security policy angles, rather than the operational and policy implications for humanitarian aid. There is less understanding of how Chinese and traditional actors can engage on humanitarian reform. This practice paper aims to address that gap, as part of the Humanitarian Horizons research program, which seeks to stimulate discussion and inform practice.

Presentation
10 September 2017
Understanding the AHA Centre
Subject/ Asia region /
OCHA ppt AHA Centre.pdf
Description

Presentation by Oliver Lacey-Hall at the ICVA regional elearning webinar on Understanding ASEAN: The role of the AHA centre on 12 October 2017.

ICVA statement
12 September 2021
ICVA Statement at High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan
Subject/ Forced migration / Asia region /
Afghan statement
Description

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, convened a high-level ministerial meeting on Monday September 13th 2021 to show solidarity with Afghanistan’s people and pledge tangible support. At this meeting our Executive Director, Ignacio Packer presented a statement.

Vacancy notice
4 October 2021
ICVA Asia Pacific - Regional consultant
Subject/ ICVA / Asia region /
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Description

The consultant will help backstop the Regional Representative during this busy period by supporting activities related to the implementation of the 2019-2021 regional strategy. They will work with a diverse membership and engage between ICVA, its members and UN partners, to strengthen principled and effective humanitarian action for all NGOs.

Location: Flexible in the Asia Pacific Region
Duration: Short term contract-  25 days between 15th October-15th December 2021
Closing date for applications: 15 October 2021
More information: see  the vacancy notice


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Understanding ASEAN: The Role of the AHA Centre

This Regional Learning Webinar was an opportunity to discuss and share with our members and NGO partners. It aimed to :

  • Provide an understanding of the operations and structure of the AHA Centre (ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management)
  • Explore opportunities for partnership between NGOs and the AHA Centre
  • Offer perspectives on how this type of model can evolve / change to better engage multiple stakeholders in the region (and globally)

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Regional webinar: Understanding ASEAN
12 October 2017
Understanding ASEAN
Subject/ Asia region /
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Description

This webinar provides a stronger understanding of the role of regional humanitarian actors.

ICVA Asia team

Ms Keya Saha-Chaudhury
Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
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Keya joined ICVA in 2020 and hopes to translate her experiences working in gender and health across the development and humanitarian space into an asset for the work of ICVA in the region.

She has over 12 years of experience working with local and international NGOs in the Asia Pacific Region including the Red Cross and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). She has worked with a diverse country portfolio, including Myanmar, China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Philippines and PNG.  Her work has focused on strengthening engagement of local NGOs in the humanitarian system, emergency preparedness and partnership development.

Africa

Africa Regional Hub...

The ICVA Regional Hub in Africa was established in 2013 and is based in Nairobi and Addis Ababa...
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Introduction to the Africa Regional Hub

The ICVA Regional Hub in Africa is based in Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This regional hub was established in July 2013, following consultations held in 2012 with national and international NGOs operating in the region.  Since its opening, the Africa Regional Hub has engaged widely with members and partners in line with the overall strategy based on the four areas: forced migration, coordination, financing and cross cutting issues.

The ICVA Africa Regional Hub works closely with members and NGO fora to:

  • Strengthen the role of NGO Fora in regional and national-level humanitarian coordination and advocacy.
  • Facilitate ICVA members engagement with inter-governmental organisations and Member States in the region.
  • Link operational realities to global policies and practice.
  • Create opportunities for regional consultation and collective action on issues of common interest.
ICVA Africa Working Group

This platform is for members to:

  • Exchange information on regionally focused perspectives on the development of the humanitarian sector
  • Increase understanding and share opportunities for engagement with diverse and key actors in the region
  • Identify opportunities for engagement in regional or global advocacy initiatives.

Topics addressed include: the Grand Bargain, Global Compact on Refugees, IASC Regional Network, and regional engagement with diverse humanitarian actors.

To join the group contact the ICVA Africa Regional Representative.

ICVA Africa team

Mr Marco Rotelli
Regional Representative for Africa
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Since late 2016 Marco has been representing ICVA in Africa in Dakar and Nairobi.

He has served in operations with NGOs and the UN in most of the major humanitarian crises since the early 2000s, and in particular, several roles in the Italian NGO INTERSOS, including Director and Secretary General and President. He is a regular lecturer in Universities and Think Tanks on subjects related to the contemporary challenges of humanitarian aid, including access, principles and civil-military interactions

He has a degree in Political Science and a Master Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations. He is currently studying refugees protection and force migration studies at the School of Advanced Studies-University of London.

Mr Addis Tesfa
Deputy regional representative for Africa
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Addis supports the Regional Representative in Africa region in the implementation of ICVA’s strategy in Africa.

Ms Maxine Clayton
Part time Consultant
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Maxine Clayton, MA, BA(Hons): has significant leadership and management experience, within the humanitarian and development sector, acquired through over 20 years of professional practice in international strategic, programme and operational positions and consultancies.

She has demonstrated experience of working in multi-agency and complex environments, at local, national, regional and global levels.  Proven track record in strategy and research development, nationally, regionally, and/or thematic. A Trainer and Leadership Coach, with over 25 years of experience in the design, planning and delivering of blended, bespoke and open learning programmes. Since 2013, Maxine has been a Director of MACLAY Consulting Ltd, a Kenyan based company which provides consultancy services to a range of organisations.

MENA

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The ICVA Regional Hub in MENA was established in October 2013 and is based in Amman, Jordan...
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Introduction to the ICVA MENA Regional Hub 

The ICVA MENA Regional Hub was established in October 2013 and is based in Amman, Jordan.

Since being established, the Hub has engaged in a number of activities that have fed into ICVA’s global strategy within ICVA’s core focus areas of forced displacement, humanitarian coordination and financing.

ICVA MENA Working Group

This platform is for members to:

  • Exchange information and share regionally focused perspectives on the development of the humanitarian sector
  • Increase understanding and share opportunities for engagement with diverse and key actors in the region
  • Identify opportunities for engagement in regional or global advocacy initiatives.

Topics addressed include: the Grand Bargain, Global Compact on Refugees, IASC Regional Network, and regional engagement with diverse humanitarian actors.

To join the group contact the ICVA MENA Regional Representatives.

MENA Regional Resources

ICVA report
20 January 2021
Localization in Humanitarian Leadership
Subject/ Coordination / Middle East and North Africa region / Localization /
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Description

Against the current background of sustaining local responses, ICVA initiated this research aiming at mapping and documenting the extent of effective and meaningful NNGOs engagement in international humanitarian coordination structures. Focusing in specific at MENA region, the research explores NNGOs engagement in Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs), Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) Advisory Boards, and sector or cluster coordination platforms. The contexts covered are Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria (Damascus and Turkey-based operations as well as the Whole of Syria response), and Yemen. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative data, this research briefly profiles national leadership within the seven responses across MENA and outlines the state of NNGO engagement across the region.

Report
13 October 2020
Syrian NGO network engagement and partnership programme summary
Subject/ NGO fora /
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Description

The Syrian NGO Network Engagement and Partnership Programme is a strategic partnership between UNDP and ICVA to strengthen the capacity of Syrian NGO/CSO networks to enable them to play a vital role in joint coordination and representation by strengthening skills and capacity across a range of areas including joint coordination, governance, and strategic planning.

ICVA Report
20 May 2021
Training Consultancy for Syrian Networks in Turkey
Subject/ ICVA / Middle East and North Africa region /
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Resource page
4 October 2021
The Evolution of Syrian NGO Networks - Their Role in Humanitarian Response and Long-term Prospects
Subject/ Middle East and North Africa region / Cross-cutting issues /
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Description

This study is part of the larger Syrian NGO Network Engagement and Partnership Programme, carried out by ICVA in strategic partnership with UNDP Syria. It aims to document the evolution of Syrian NGO networks over time, emphasizing how they have played a role in collective advocacy work and representation for local Syrians.

ICVA MENA team

Ms Eman Ismail
Regional Representative for MENA
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Eman joined ICVA in 2019.

With over 15 years of experience as an emergency and development professional leader working in the humanitarian sector, private and government sectors Eman has an extensive knowledge on localization, emergency and refugee response, community mobilization, NGO capacity building and Nexus. She is a certified trainer on PSEA and Leadership in Humanitarian and Fragile context.

Ms Stephanie Yousef
MENA Deputy Regional Representative
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Stephanie has 10 years of experience working with local and international NGOs in the MENA region on different advocacy initiatives and research.

Before joining ICVA in 2020, Stephanie worked as the Country Program Manager for HelpAge International in Jordan, with a focus on policies and strategies related to ageing and disability.  She has also worked in the United States House of Representatives as Immigration and International Affairs Specialist. Stephanie has experience on promoting inclusion and localization agendas. She also has experience in conducting trainings on inclusive approaches to humanitarian and development interventions

She has a degree in International Relations focused on the Middle East, and a master’s in Public Administration, both from universities in the US.

 

Latin America

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In September 2019, ICVA joined in partnership with FM4 Paso Libre in Guadalajara, Mexico to extend ICVA's presence in the region...
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Introduction to the ICVA Latin America Regional Hub

In September 2019, ICVA joined in partnership with  FM4 Paso Libre in Guadalajara, Mexico to extend ICVA’s presence in the region. FM4 Paso Libre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the defence and promotion of human rights of migrants and refugees through comprehensive humanitarian assistance, advocacy and research in western Mexico. FM4 Paso Libre has been an active ICVA member since 2018.

This partnership extends ICVA’s reach and membership into the Latin America region with the intention of making humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.

The Latin America Regional Hub primarily focuses on:
  • Strengthening the role of NGO Fora in regional and national-level humanitarian coordination and advocacy.
  • Tracking trends related to forced migration and displacement in the region.
  • Linking operational realities to global policies and practice.
  • Creating opportunities for regional consultation and collective action on issues of common interest.
Latin America Regional Resources

ICVA briefing paper
30 March 2020
Reinforce, Reinforce, Reinforce: Localization in the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response
Subject/ COVID-19 / Localization /
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Description

ICVA developed this note to support dialogue on strengthening principled and effective humanitarian action by NGOs during the COVID-19 response, with a focus on reinforcing local and national action wherever possible.


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ICVA Paper
1 October 2019
ICVA Briefing Paper: Unpacking Localization
Subject/ Cross-cutting issues / Localization / Learning /
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Description

ICVA and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy have developed this paper to support local, national and international NGOs to ‘unpack’ localization in a constructive manner.

ICVA Paper
30 April 2017
The Grand Bargain explained: An ICVA briefing paper (March 2017)
Subject/ humanitarian financing / Learning /
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Description

Click on this briefing paper to access all information – and more – shared throughout this topic.

Event
15 October 2019
International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuela refugee and migrants crisis
Subject/ Forced migration /
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Description

28-29 October 2019 in Brussels

The high-level International Solidarity Conference organized by the European Union, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration on 28-29 October in Brussels aimed to mobilise support in addressing the refugee and migrant crisis, demonstrate solidarity of the international community to the affected host countries and increase international support for a regional and coordinated response.

In this sense, through NGO networks (ICVA, InterAction, and Voice), NGOs worldwide and particularly those active in Latin America and the Caribbean region developed the following joint NGO statement on “Ensuring solidarity with displaced Venezuelans: supporting countries and communities hosting and protecting them”.

ICVA representative in Latin America

Ms Lina Gomez
ICVA representative in Latin America
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Lina has a B.A in International Studies and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies. She worked on the “Mexican Migration Project” coordinated by PhD Jorge Durand and PhD Douglas Massey. She is currently a professor at the University of Guadalajara in the Department of International Studies where she teaches international migration and gender studies. She is part of the advisory group of UN Women in the Safe Cities program in Guadalajara. She also collaborates at the Inmujeres Guadalajara Advisory Council.

She works for Dignidad y Justicia en el Camino A.C. a local NGO member of ICVA located in Guadalajara where she serves as coordinator of the political and social advocacy area and as a focal point for the Americas.