Supporting NGO Coordination at the Field Level
To help strengthen our community of NGO practitioners, InterAction hosted its fifth annual Humanitarian Coordinators meeting in May 2015. The highly regarded workshop brought together our members and country-based and regional NGO consortia from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Turkey. While alone we may each go fast, together we can go far.
The workshop is part of an ongoing effort to contribute to the creation of a strong community of practice for NGO consortia representatives.
The meeting was a valuable opportunity to share strategies and lessons learned. Together, we addressed a variety of challenges facing humanitarian NGOs, including the need to define collective action and the resources necessary to reach that goal. The discussions largely focused on the functions of humanitarian country teams, managing relationships with host governments, NGO coordination in protracted emergency situations, and the NGO sector’s evolving relationship with UN agencies.
The workshop is part of an ongoing effort to contribute to the creation of a strong community of practice for NGO consortia representatives, and to support them as they navigate operational and policy issues during their day-to-day operations.
In the days following the workshop, InterAction also organized meetings with relevant U.S. government counterparts and U.S. congressional staff to bolster the voice of NGO practitioners in relevant policy debates in Washington. These discussions led to valuable dialogue on the operational challenges NGOs face in countries represented by consortia members, and set a framework for action to better support effective and needs-based humanitarian responses.