Grand Bargain Workshop in Somalia
In the framework of VOICE Grand Bargain project, VOICE is co-organising with the Somalia NGO consortium and ICVA a workshop in Somalia to engage with frontline responders around the implementation of the Grand Bargain.
Mission to Demonstrator Country - Bangladesh
The Localisation Workstream is organizing a series of inter-agency missions (including donors, and representatives of the UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent, and NGOs) to a number “demonstrator countries” to learn about success and challenges in implementation of the Grand Bargain’s commitments on localisation and to promote progress. The first such mission will take place in Bangladesh from 9 to 13 September 2018 and will be led by IFRC’s Under Secretary General Jemilah Mahmood.
Please visit the localisation workstream's webpage for more information:
OCHA-NGO CBPF Dialogue Platform
The Platform traditionally alternated between a global meeting held in Geneva and a field-based meeting taking place in a regional hub (Nairobi and Amman in the past). Recognizing the need for the Platform to get closer to those engaging in daily work within the Country Based Pool Funds (CBPF) and gather valuable experiences and points of view for the global policy discussion, the co-chairs of the Platform, OCHA and NRC, supported by the core-group (IRC, Oxfam, Welthungerhilfe, Nile Hope tbc), have decided to pilot a country-specific approach.
South Sudan was chosen as the location of the first country-based dialogues Platform given the interesting profile of the Country Based Pooled Fund in terms of total volume, number of national, international, and UN partners, size and number of projects funded, and the relevance of the humanitarian response.
The OCHA-NGO CBPF Dialogue Platform provides NGOs with a chance to actively engage in an open dialogue with OCHA at a strategic level, and complement the day-to-day interactions taking place in the field. Whether you are a current or prospective NGO partner, this event is for you!
RSVP for this event is required. Please do so in the link below.
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VOICE Event on Localisation
Rue d'Arlon 80
The event "Unpacking the localisation agenda: What do we mean by ‘as local as possible’?" is organised in the framework of the VOICE Grand Bargain project and aims to bring a contribution from VOICE to the Grand Bargain annual meeting. Bringing together donors and implementing agencies, the event will seek to unpack what is meant by ‘as local as possible’ and hear different reflections on fundamental questions that continue to animate our sector. It will take place on14 May 2019 (18:00 – 21:00) at The Office, Rue d’Arlon, 1000 Brussels.
Amman CHS Exchange
CHS Alliance and Islamic Relief Worldwide/Islamic Relief Jordan
Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center| Al-Hussein Bin Ali Street
More than four years after its launch in late 2014, how is the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) driving change? How can we use it to build accountability and trust in our work? How can we ensure that the CHS commitments are continuously met when we assist people who have been affected by crisis? These critical questions are at the heart of the CHS Exchange in Amman, Jordan, designed as a learning event for members of the CHS Alliance and the wider sector.
You are invited to join, share your insights, and help us explore how our commitment to the CHS will increase trust and accountability in the MENA region to better serve affected populations.
This exchange will be based on the experience of organisations which have applied the Standard. It will build on discussions that took place at the CHS Alliance and DEC learning event in London in November 2018, as well as learning from other quality and accountability initiatives in the MENA region.
Over the course of 1.5 days, we will explore:
• What we have learned, as individual organisations and collectively, through the application of the CHS. We will focus on:
• - CHS commitment 3 (humanitarian response strengthens local capacities and avoids negative effects): Specifically exploring working with and through partners and the continuity of services in rapidly changing contexts;
• - CHS commitment 4 (humanitarian response is based on communication, participation and feedback): Participation of crisis-affected people and communities in the humanitarian response;
• - CHS commitment 5 (complaints are welcomed and addressed): Complaints handling and feedback mechanisms, including handling complaints related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH);
• - CHS commitment 8 (staff are supported to do their job effectively, and are treated fairly and equitably): Specifically looking at the protection of aid workers and risk management.
• How we leverage this learning to improve our service to people affected by crisis and communities in the MENA region;
• How the CHS Alliance can support the aid sector in the region to effectively apply the CHS, particularly on the most challenging issues in the region.
The event itself is free but participants need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Registration will be open until 30 June, but if you need a visa, please register by 17 May. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will provide a letter for visa application and a booking code for accommodation for the venue but participants are responsible for organising their own visa application and accommodation.
Introducing IDEAL Small Grants Program
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Every year NGOs, bilateral/multilateral donors, and host governments spend hundreds of million dollars through emergency and development programs to improve food and nutrition security outcomes among the most vulnerable communities. That funding is often highly restricted and earmarked for important activities that ensure families don’t go to bed hungry; but this can leave field-level implementing partners with limited flexible resources to develop new field-level tools, arrange knowledge sharing events, strengthen internal knowledge management systems or conduct innovative research projects that were not in the original work plan. IDEAL aims to support food and nutrition security stakeholders by offering small grants (<$50,000; <$100,000 and <$250,000 awards) for practical projects and events that accelerate progress and help address field-level challenges.
Please join IDEAL as we introduce the Small Grants Program, types of awards, procedures to apply and explore the first RFA (targeted for release in early July). This webinar will provide participants with information about IDEAL’s content focus areas and samples of the types of activities that are eligible for funding under IDEAL’s SGP mechanism. Farm Radio International will share their lessons learned from applying for a previous small grant, and the resulting resource that was developed and disseminated for the food and nutrition community. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions about current and upcoming small grants RFAs.
Introductions and Webinar Objectives
Understanding the IDEAL Activity
The IDEAL Small Grants Program Goals and Technical Focus Areas
Small Grant Funded Interactive Rural Radio Program from Farm Radio International
Current IDEAL Small Grant RFAs
Austen is the Small Grants Manager with the IDEAL Activity. Prior to joining Save the Children, Austen worked with Vitamin Angels for seven years, most recently as the African Regional Program Manager. He was responsible for overseeing a portfolio of grants and partnerships that reached more than 20 million underserved children and mothers with essential micronutrients. Austen holds an MPH from Boston University and received his BS in Nutritional Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Gitau is the lead technical advisor on IDEAL. He is responsible for ensuring technical quality and rigor of program outputs. Gitau has been working in food security and poverty reduction programs for more than 15 years. He is an economist by training and an avid Chelsea supporter.
Caroline is Regional Program Manager, West Africa & Gender Specialist with Farm Radio International. Her portfolio focuses on climate resilience, agriculture and food security, nutrition, gender equality and maternal and child health projects in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and Nigeria. She also provides technical support to the integration of gender equality across FRI’s programs and organizationally. Prior to joining FRI in 2013, she worked in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Morocco in community development and gender equality.
Register Here: https://www.fsnnetwork.org/introducing-ideal-small-grants-program
Humanitarian actors, especially front line responders, can attend the this webinar and then have their organization apply for a $50,000 award to support a project that they believe is important for their daily work as well as the food and nutrition security community. The Micro Grant RFA is currently open and accepting applications through https://www.fsnnetwork.org/small-grants-program