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National NGO Symposium Report February 2013

In February 2013, AusAid supported ICVA to bring leaders to national NGOs (NNGOs) from four countries (Cote d'Ivoire, Pakistan, Somalia, and Zimbabwe) to a symposium in Geneva in order to give them an opportunity to: take stock of their experiences with NGO coordination, draw conclusions, and collectively consider future strategies for influencing humanitarian leadership and coordination.
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  • 1. National(NGO(Symposium,(28(February(2013(In#February#2013,#AusAid#supported#ICVA#to#bring#leaders#of#national#NGOs#(NNGOs)#from#four#countries#(Cote#d’Ivoire,#Pakistan,#Somalia#and#Zimbabwe)#to#a#symposium#in#Geneva#in#order#to#give#them#an#opportunity#to:#take#stock#of#their#experiences#with#NGO#coordination,#draw#conclusions,#and#collectively#define#future#strategies#for#influencing#humanitarian#leadership#and#coordination.#The#workshop#participants#described#their#expectations#as#follows:#Share&–&Learn#from#the#different#experiences#of#the#participants.&And#be#inspired#by#others#to#coordinate#and#influence#the#humanitarian#systems#better.&&Practice&–#Find#relatively#simple#solutions#to#the#complex#challenges#of#engaging#with#the#international#humanitarian#coordination#mechanisms#while#keeping#the#local#context#in#mind.&Coordination&–&Establish#a#good#mechanism#to#enable#NNGO#coordination#and#follow#up.&Have#a#clear#understanding#of#the#international#agenda#and#develop#achievable#approaches#for#the#way#forward.#This#report#is#a#summary#of#the#workshop#discussions.#It#is#not#exhaustive,#but#highlights#the#key#points#that#were#discussed.#The#group#discussions#that#took#place#during#the#workshop#focused#on#the#following#six#key#themes:#How(can(resources(be(further(mobilized?(NNGOs#need#to#advocate#for#more#flexible#funding#models#to#allow#for#NNGOs#to#respond#more#rapidly#and#robustly#to#the#situations#on#the#ground.#NNGOs#need#to#build#their#response#capacities#and#showcase#their#particular#advantages,#experiences#and#talents#that#are#adapted#to#the#local#context.##Moreover,#local#NGOs#need#to#increase#their#collaboration#and#improve#accountability#and#transparency#to#access#funds.##How(can(local(NGOs(compete(with(INGOs(to(access(funds?(Rather#than#competing#with#INGOs,#NNGOs#should#better#articulate#their#specific#added#value#to#a#humanitarian#response.#They#should#participate#in#coordinated#fund#raising#approaches#but#also#seek#out#bilateral#funding#opportunities#with#donors.#Also,#local#and#national#NGOs#should#seek#out#training#opportunities#specifically#on#how#to#access#funds#and#on#advocacy#to#enable#them#to#influence#and#educate#donors#on#funding#strategies.#Similarly,#NNGOs#should#mentor#grassroots#organizations#to#enable#them#to#understand#the#funding#mechanisms#in#order#to#overcome#the#question#of#“how#do#we#complete#in#a#game#we#don’t#know#how#to#master?”#Lastly,#NNGOs#should#be#encouraged#to#build#relationships#with#donors#at#the#national#level#as#donors’#headquarters#may#have#their#funds#already#earmarked.#How(can(we(improve(national(humanitarian(networks?(INGOs#and#NNGOs#should#work#together#to#create#an#inclusive#system#to#help#bridge#the#division#between#small#and#large#organizations.#In#Pakistan#when#the#NNGO#network#set#up#provincial#chapters#
  • 2. the#network#expanded#and#diversified,#leading#to#improved#leadership#and#a#broader#more#representative#membership.#Adopting#a#policy#of#rotating#leadership#will#build#trust.#NNGO#networks#must#develop#systematic#followYup#mechanisms#to#enhance#representation,#feedback#and#continuous#improvement.##Colleagues#from#Somalia#and#Cote#d’Ivoire#indicated#that#a#common,#pooled#fund#with#simpler#processes#for#requesting#funds#would#greatly#improve#engagement#of#national#NGOs#in#humanitarian#networks.#A#database#of#information#on#national#humanitarian#organizations#listing#their#areas#of#expertise#and#experience#would#allow#donors#to#search#for#information#on#organisations#they#would#like#to#fund.#To#be#included#organizations#would#have#to#meet#certain#criteria#and#if#they#did#not,#they#would#be#given#access#to#capacity#building#opportunities#to#improve#the#skills#as#needed.##Be(the(Change?(National#NGOs#must#collaborate#to#advocate#for#and#be#part#of#improved#coordination.#They#should#also#advocate#for#NGO#inclusion#at#nationalYlevel#decisionYmaking.#To#be#effective#advocacy#must#be#based#on#research#and#evidence.#The#survey#and#subsequent#advocacy#to#improve#pooled#fund#standard#application#procedures#in#Somalia#was#a#successful#advocacy#effort#based#on#shared#research#and#advocacy#messages.##NNGOs#should#work#together#with#INGOs#more#often,#including#by#writing#shared#position#papers.#In#addition,#INGOs#should#be#encouraged#to#bring#national#partners#to#coordination#and#information#meetings#to#improve#transparency,#enable#local#NGOs#to#have#better#access#to#information#and#mentor#national#NGOs#to#take#on#a#leadership#role.#INGOs#should#focus#on#decentralizing#and#building#the#national#capacities#with#a#view#to#future#responses#being#more#locally#driven.#How(do(we(protect(the(NNGO(space?(In#Cote#d’Ivoire#the#creation#of#a#legal#framework#that#requires#registration#has#been#an#improvement.#The#UN#and#INGOs#need#to#consciously#advocate#for#and#support#increased#space#for#civil#society#and#national#budgets#for#NNGOs.#Also,#national#organizations#need#to#learn#how#better#and#varied#communication#skills#including#how#to#coopt#the#media#as#allies.#Overall,#the#focus#of#any#organization#needs#to#remain#on#the#needs#and#improved#outcomes#for#affected#communities#and#beneficiaries.##How(can(we(advocate(towards(governments(to(avoid(or(minimize(the(disasters?(The#wider#humanitarian#community#must#invest#in#capacity#building#of#local,#grassroots#organizations#that#will#remain#after#the#shortYterm#humanitarian#projects#are#over.#Smaller#NGOs#should#work#with#research#bodies#to#develop#shared#messages#that#will#influence#government#policies#and#laws.#Additionally,#donors#must#be#convinced#to#support#national#coping#mechanisms#before#a#disaster#occurs.#And,#communityYbased#initiatives#and#local#philanthropists#should#be#coopted#into#the#response#rather#than#waiting#for#big#donors#and#INGOs.#Overall,#there#needs#to#be#an#inclusion#of#preventative#aid,#not#just#emergency#assistance.###
  • 3. The#following#day#the#national#participants#were#active#in#the#larger#ICVA#conference#on#innovation.#Several#participants#led#working#group#discussions#in#the#afternoon#of#the#ICVA#conference#on,#the#following#are#questions:# a) How#do#we#bridge#the#divisions#between#humanitarian#and#development#work,#and#bring#in#a# broader#constituency#such#as#human#rights#organizations,#etc.?## b) How#do#NNGOs#get#space#at#the#center#of#discussionss?#Even#when#INGOs#undertake#advocacy# on#behalf#of#beneficiaries,#they#make#themselves#the#central#focus!# c) INGOs#need#to#suitably#invest#in#developing#capacities#of#local#NGOs#and#NNGOs.#How#can#we# better#safeguard#local#NGOs#and#NNGOs#in#the#broadest#sense#and#broaden#INGO#engagement# with#NNGOs#as#valued#partners?# d) How#do#NNGOs#compete#in#a#game#that#we#do#not#master?# e) Where#is#the#promise#for#sustainable#investment#and#development?# f) Not#just#for#emergency#response:#how#do#we#advocate#and#influence#policies#to#minimize# disasters#and#impact?#These#discussions#led#to#some#interesting#suggestions#and#findings#that#are#further#elaborated#on#in#the#report#of#the#ICVA#conference.#