Learning Stream on Humanitarian Financing: Bilateral funding – trends, challenges and opportunities for NGOs

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Funding agreements between implementing organizations and donors can significantly reduce transfer and administrative costs, but such direct funding relationships can also lead to challenges and additional burdens for NGOs. Different rules and processes between donors, pre-qualification requirements, delayed disbursements, and overly restrictive budget lines have long been common issues faced by NGOs. While there are initiatives to improve this situation, notably through the "Grand Bargain," the donor landscape has become more complex with the growing importance of so-called "emerging donors" for humanitarian work.

The fourth session of the learning stream on humanitarian financing, organized by ICVA and PHAP, aims to provide a clearer understanding of the changing context for NGOs and bilateral funding. Join this event to hear from speakers from the European Commission and the U.S. OFDA, as well as from NGOs with experience of working bilaterally with these two donors.

Learning objectives

  • Understanding of the concept of bilateral funding
  • Knowledge of the overall size, flows, and forms of bilateral funding and the main donors and recipients
  • Awareness of the main trends, challenges, and opportunities for NGOs trying to access funding from bi-lateral donors
  • Knowledge of the different sources of information on bilateral funding

Event time

Tuesday, 6 December 2016
New York: 04:30 - 06:00
London: 09:30 - 11:00
Geneva: 10:30 - 12:00
Amman: 11:30 - 13:00
Nairobi: 12:30 - 14:00
Bangkok: 16:30 - 18:00
Manila: 17:30 - 19:00
To see when the live session will take place in your time zone, click here.

Target audience and event access

The stream specifically targets NGO staff, including field, policy and HQ staff, but all live sessions are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of humanitarian financing. In order to join the event, please register in advance at phap.org/6dec2016/register

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Susan Kyle Attaché, Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. Mission to UN in Geneva
Alberto Garralon Perez Deputy Head, Budget, Finance and Control Unit, DG ECHO, European Commission
Walter Brill Director of Operations, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
Magali Mourlon Program Coordinator, NGO VOICE


Angharad Laing Executive Director, PHAP
Melissa Pitotti Head of Policy, ICVA

Learning stream on humanitarian financing

As part of the learning stream on humanitarian financing, this event will be the fourth session of five live interactive online learning events that ICVA and PHAP are organizing with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian financing system.

ICVA's Introductory Video on Humanitarian Financing .


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