VOICE VENRO European Roundtable

11:00 - 17:00
Berlin Germany
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Invitation – Programme

European Humanitarian NGO Roundtable, Berlin

Thursday 27 September 2018
11h00 – 17h

Hotel Dietrich Bonnhoeffer Haus, Berlin

Ziegelstrasse 30, 10117 Berlin-Mitte


VOICE and VENRO are organising a roundtable with the intention to link national humanitarian perspectives from Germany with European perspectives, through VOICE board members, VENRO members and the participation of the European Commission’s DG ECHO and the German Foreign Ministry.

Commitments from the World Humanitarian Summit are driving changes in both donor and implementing agencies. The Grand Bargain is supporting an agenda for effectiveness and efficiency in humanitarian assistance and there is a new momentum behind linking humanitarian and development with a nexus approach. At the same time, the next EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework offers opportunities for increased funding from the EU. With new strategic approaches to foreign policy and crisis management at EU and German level too, this roundtable will address the challenges of making progress on the commitments from the World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain in this context. What should European humanitarian NGOs collective priorities be to help shape these developments in 2018/2019?

The roundtable will include sessions on:

  • priorities for European humanitarian aid 2018/19
  • the Grand Bargain and partnership with the EU
  • the humanitarian-development nexus


You can register here. The discussions will be in English.




11h-11h10   Welcome

  • Dr. Inez Kipfer-Didavi, VENRO Vice Chair of Board


11h10-11h30 Current challenges for humanitarian NGOs

-    Dominic Crowley, VOICE President


11h30-13h   Priorities for European humanitarian aid 2018/19

  • Chiara Gariazzo, Director, European Commission Department for Civil Protection and Humanitarian operations
  • Michael Ahrens, Deputy Head of Division for Humanitarian Assistance, German Foreign Ministry 
  • Dr. Inez Kipfer-Didavi, VENRO Vice Chair of Board


Chaired by Kathrin Schick, VOICE Director


Lunch 13h-14h


14h-15h30   Workshops

1/ operating and funding models

Host: Wolfgang Tyderle, CARE Germany

2/ administrative barriers

Host: Christian Huber, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

3/ partnership and the Grand Bargain

Host: Anne Street, CAFOD


Coffee Break 15h30-16h


16h-17h        The humanitarian-development nexus

  • Matthias Mogge, Secretary General/CEO of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
  • Rikke Friis, VOICE Board and International Director, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
  • Peter Felten, Head of Division for Humanitarian Assistance, German Foreign Ministry


Chaired by Vincent Stehli, VOICE Board and Director of Operations, Acción contra el hambre