VOICE at the European Humanitarian Forum 2023

The second edition of the European Humanitarian Forum will take place from Monday 20 to Tuesday 21 March 2023. It will be followed by a Partners’ Segment on the morning of the 22. The Forum will take place in the context of sharply increasing humanitarian needs, changing geopolitical realities, and shrinking humanitarian space and aims to gather together EU, Member States representatives and the wider humanitarian community to “put forward innovative, sustainable, and efficient approaches to address the current challenges of the humanitarian world”.

 The event will be held in the EGG Conference Centre in Brussels and web-streamed online via the EHF website.

We are delighted to announce that during the Forum, the views of VOICE and our humanitarian NGOs members will be shared during the high-level panels and the Humanitarian Talks that will take place during the two days’ event. The event is a key momentum for humanitarian NGOs to:

  • Raise more political support for and awareness about principled humanitarian action and the current challenges in the humanitarian system.
  • Demonstrate NGOs’ added value in the delivery of aid.

In particular, we are happy to announce that Dominic Crowley, VOICE President, will speak at the panel “Localisation: The guidance on the promotion of equal partnerships with local responders” and Fie Lauritzen, VOICE Board Members and Danish Church Aid Senior Humanitarian Policy Lead, will speak at the panel “Leading by example: One year into the Donor Declaration and charter on Climate and Environment”​​​​​​.

During the Partners’ segment, VOICE President will participate in the closing session. 

Please find below an overview of the VOICE participation. 

VOICE at the high-level panels:

20 March

(11:00 – 12:15) Localisation: The guidance on the promotion of equal partnerships with local responders. Dominic Crowley, VOICE President, and Sofia Sprechmann, CARE International Secretary General.

(11:00 – 12:15) Leading by example: One year into the Donor Declaration and charter on Climate and Environment. Fie Lauritzen, VOICE Board member, and Fanny Petitbon, CARE France Advocacy Manager.

(11:00 – 12:15) Russia’s war in Ukraine: protracted crisis and challenges of principled humanitarian action. Marie-Pierre Caley, ACTED CEO.

(14:00 – 15:15) Responding to an unprecedented global food crisis and averting famine. Jean-François Riffaud, Action contre la Faim CEO.

(15:45 – 17:00) Unlocking efficiency through flexible funding: Responding to new needs and changing operational contexts. Babatunde Anthony Ojej, International Rescue Committee Country Director.

(17:15 – 18:30) The situation of women and girls in humanitarian crises: How to uphold the humanitarian principles whilst preventing a humanitarian catastrophe? The case of Afghanistan. Sofia Sprechmann, CARE International Secretary General.

21 March

(9:30 – 10:45) What can donors do to support a more effective and efficient humanitarian supply chain? Cecile Terraz, Plan International Supply Chain Director.

(11:15 – 12:30) Soaring humanitarian needs and limited resources: Engaging emerging donors and new sources of financing. Jan Egeland, Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General.

(11:15 – 12:30) Stepping up the Commitment to Conflict-Affected Children: Working across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus. Inger Ashing, Save the Children CEO.

(14:15 – 15:30) Boosting synergies for humanitarian action and civil protection in crisis response. Farhan Khan, CESVI Pakistan Country Director.

(16:00 – 17:15) Strengthening synergies between humanitarian and development actors in protracted and complex crises. Charlotte Slente, Danish Refugee Council Secretary General.

(16:00 – 17:15) Protection in urban warfare: Reducing risk to civilians, civilian infrastructure and humanitarian workers in conflict. Alma Taslidzan, Humanity & Inclusion/Handicap International Advocacy Manager.

VOICE at the Humanitarian Talks (organisers and speakers):

20 March

(11:00 – 12:00) Ensuring the safety and security of humanitarian and medical personnel in armed conflict - Moving from words to action.  Action contre la Faim, Médecins du Monde, Federation Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion, International Rescue Committee.

(11:00 – 12:00) Destroying essential services is killing innocent people – can we stop it now? International Rescue Committee Mali.

(13:30 – 14:30) Averting, Minimizing and Addressing Disaster Displacement: Partnerships and Integrated Approaches for Action and Support. Norwegian Refugee Council.

(13:30 – 14:30) Uprooted minds: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Displacement. Save the Children Bangladesh. 

(14:45 – 15:45) Expanding anticipatory action: crises and conflict, diseases outbreaks, food insecurity. International Rescue Committee and Welthungerhilfe.

(16:00 – 17:00) How to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict settings: Turning IHL commitments into action. CARE International.

(16:00 – 17:00) From commitments to Action: Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Response. Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion and Diakonia.

21 March

(09:00 – 10:00) Localization of the Humanitarian Response in Ukraine. ACTED and People in Need.

(10:15 – 11:15) Nexus “Cash” (Efficiency) in Anticipatory Action & Social Protection. CARE International, Plan International, WorldVision Vietnam, WorldVision Netherlands.

(10:15 – 11:15) Shifting the Architecture of Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts. International Rescue Committee.

(13:45 – 14:45) Starved from Life: Protecting Children from the effects of Hunger Crises. World Vision, SOS Children Villages International, Save the Children, Plan International, Terre des Hommes.

(16:15 – 17:15) Humanitarian access impediments the reality of the frontline. Norwegian Refugee Council, Danish Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee.


You can access the full programme of the EHF 2023 on the official website and download it in PDF format here.