ICVA Annual Conference 2018

Navigating the Nexus: NGO Perspectives

Geneva – Switzerland

Salem Algamody, Chairman of STACO, and the Director of International Relations, attended the International Council of Voluntary Agencies’ annual conference at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland.

This year ICVA decided to take a critical and deep look at the “triple nexus” – the inter-connection between humanitarian action, development, and peace. ICVA’s 2018 Annual Conference provided a space to ICVA members and key stakeholders to:

  1. Explore the extent to which all three approaches can best connect, putting people at the center (collective outcomes).
  2. Interact with, and better understand, key actors working on peace and development (comparative advantage).
  3. Analyze country-specific experiences, teasing out the risks and opportunities presented in the nexus – particularly with regard to humanitarian principles (context).
  4. Consider ways for NGOs to best connect to initiatives like the New Way of Working (NWoW), the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), and the World Bank’s work in situations of conflict and fragility (partnership).

Each year, ICVA holds an Annual Conference, which provides an important opportunity for members to convene and discuss issues relevant to the humanitarian sector, as informed by ICVA’s membership base.