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Throughout the year, VOICE produces and disseminates key documents reflecting on humanitarian aid issues at EU level and from a NGO perspective. They are addressed to decision makers within the European institutions, NGO networks and other stakeholders of the humanitarian community, as well as to the VOICE members. Most of these documents are  produced by the VOICE Secretariat with the support of VOICE members.

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  • Conflict, the Comprehensive Approach and Humanitarian Aid: what does 'In but Out' really mean? May 2015

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, Security, Consensus, Principles

    This event, gathering 88 people, discussed how the European Commissions Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) is 'In but Out' of the EU Comprehensive Approach to Conflict and External Crises.
  • Humanitarian Roundtable Spain on the EU aid architecture and the World Humanitarian Summit 2015

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, WHS

    This event was hosted by Caritas Espanola and organised with the support of CONGDE and IECAH. 36 people participated in the discussions with guest speakers from the European Commission DG ECHO, the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, the Spanish Foreign Ministry and the VOICE Board. The discussions looked at the opportunities and challenges of the current EU aid architecture and the next steps towards the World Humanitarian Summit.
  • Joint CSO statement on DRR for FFD

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: DRR, LRRD, Development

    VOICE together with Civil society networks jointly made recommendations ahead of the Finance For Development Agreement; since it presents an opportunity for disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding to be institutionalised. We call on developed countries to commit to:
    1) Incorporate resilience building as a condition for providing OverseasDevelopment Assistance (ODA) to ensure that all new investments are risk informed, reduce risk, and are acceptable for those people who bear any new risk. e.g. through the introduction of resilience markers in funding applications.
    2) Allocate 5% of ODA as funding for DRR specific activities
    3) Provide a percentage (50%) of national DRR budgets directly to local governments for community-led DRR projects.
  • ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE NEED TO INVEST IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION - JOINT CSO STATEMENT

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: Funding, DRR

    The Finance for Development Agreement presents an opportunity for disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding to be institutionalised. As negotiations for the Agreement continue, the members of civil society in this statement call on developed countries to commit to:

    1) Incorporate resilience building as a condition for providing Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) to ensure that all new investments are risk informed, reduce risk, and are acceptable for those people who bear any new risk. e.g. through the introduction of resilience markers in funding applications.
    2) Allocate 5% of ODA as funding for DRR specific activities.
    3) Provide a percentage (50%) of national DRR budgets directly to local governments for community-led DRR projects.
  • Achieving Impact Where It Matters - A joint statement by the civil society coalitions on the implementation of the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: DRR, NGOs

    The Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA) has provided critical guidance to reduce disaster risk. Its implementation has, however, highlighted gaps in addressing the underlying risk factors and effectively safeguarding communities. In order to build on the successes of the HFA and address its shortcomings, the Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework must work to address reality at the local level. The new framework calls for actors to identify their roles in implementation. This Joint Statement outlines the commitments that governments should make and that civil society organizations (CSOs) will make to ensure that policies are translated into meaningful solutions at the local level.
  • Open Letter To Commissioner GEORGIEVA and Commissioner STYLIANIDES on the Post-2015 DRR Framework Agreement

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: EU, DRR, NGOs, Development

    VOICE calls on the European Union to strengthen support for international cooperation and the role of civil society in disaster risk management.
  • VOICE Recommendations to Member States in view of WHS Europe and Others consultation

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: EU, WHS, Consensus

    VOICE expects the EU institutions and the Member States to play a crucial role throughout the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) process, using the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid to guide their input, and seeking to ensure that the agenda and outcomes are driven by the humanitarian principles and the needs of the beneficiaries. VOICE also expects the EU Member States and institutions to continue to emphasize the essential role of NGOs and to make sure that NGOs’ views are taken into consideration throughout the WHS process and for them to be appropriately included in the outcomes of the Summit.
  • VOICE-VENRO Berlin Roundtable report 2014

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, Funding, Innovation, Consensus

    The Roundtable took place in Berlin on 11 March 2014. It brought together 41 participants, representing the German NGO community, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (DG ECHO) as well as the VOICE Board.
    On 11 March 2014, VOICE and VENRO jointly organised a Roundtable in Berlin for German humanitarian actors under the theme of EU humanitarian aid challenges in 2014 in the German Caritas offices. Representatives from more than 20 NGOs, the VOICE Board and Secretariat, ECHO, the German Foreign ministry, the German Parliament, academia and the military participated in the discussions, helping to feed the links between German and EU humanitarian aid.
    Implementation of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and European humanitarian aid funding in 2014 dominated the morning’s discussions while the afternoon discussions focused on innovative approaches to resourcing and ensuring quality in humanitarian aid.
  • VOICE - Link 2007 'Humanitarian Challenges in 2014/2015' Roundtable, Rome October 2014

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, Funding, Principles, NGOs, Civil Protection

    This Roundtable on Humanitarian Aid, held during the Italian EU Presidency brought together NGOs active in humanitarian aid from Italy and Europe, as well as academia, civil protection, ministries and European institutions. In addition to furthering debate on humanitarian topics, this
    event presented a good opportunity to examine links between EU and national realities as relates to humanitarian policy and practice. As stressed by many speakers, 2014 has been the annus horribilis for the high number of crises – Syria, Iraq, CAR, South Sudan and Ebola just to mention some, and the need for political solutions to ongoing crises was raised repeatedly. Discussions also focused on the collaboration between NGOs and civil protection and military actors. A further panel highlighted strategies and challenges regarding funding, and NGOs’ experiences of using communication to increase support for their work and make humanitarian work more visible.
  • World Humanitarian Summit: What’s in it for NGOs? (November 2014)

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, WHS, NGOs

  • The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid - an NGO perspective

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, Consensus

    VOICE study 'The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid - an NGO perspective' was launched at an event on Monday 19 May 2014. It aimed to give an overview of the Member States' (MS) and NGOs' engagement with the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and how it informed MS' humanitarian policy and practice.
  • The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid: An NGO Perspective - Report

    VOICE studies and briefing papers

    Tags: EU, Funding, Consensus, Principles, DRR, NGOs, Partnership, Crisis Management

    This study commissioned by VOICE presents an analysis of how EU Member States and NGOs have engaged with the Consensus and how it has informed Member States' decision-making and policies. By presenting findings from the view of NGOs, the study seeks to contribute to an understanding of what NGOs consider the crucial elements of the Consensus, and of EU humanitarian aid more broadly.
  • VOICE Consensus Study Annexes

    VOICE studies and briefing papers

    Tags: EU, Consensus

  • VOICE Consensus Study annex Bibliography

    VOICE studies and briefing papers

    Tags: Consensus

  • Impact of donor counter-terrorism measures on principled humanitarian action: What can the EU do?

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: EU, Principles, Counter-terrorism

    On 4 November 2013, VOICE organised an event to raise awareness of NGOs and other stakeholders about the impact of counter-terrorism laws and policies on humanitarian action. The event gathered around seventy-five participants from NGOs, Red Cross Movement and the European Commission.
  • LRRD position paper french version

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: LRRD

  • Joint EU CSO demands for breakdown of heading 4 MFF

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: EU, Funding, MFF

    Joint position of VOICE, CONCORD, HRDN, ENOP and the Fair Trade office regarding the 'EU as Global Player' chapter of the EU's Multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2013-2020
  • Joint NGO letter UN SECURITY COUNCIL UNDERMINES HUMANITARIAN AID IN SOMALIA

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: Principles, NGOs, UN

    Three global NGO consortia InterAction, ICVA and VOICE are dismayed at the Security Councils decision for all UN functions in Somalia to be integrated under one UN umbrella. The NGO consortia believe this decision will jeopardize the delivery of impartial humanitarian assistance in the country.
  • Open letter to Joint Standards Initiative from VOICE ICVA InterAction Jan 2013

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: Principles, NGOs, Professional

  • VOICE Statement on 2013 EU budget for humanitarian aid

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: Funding

  • VOICE position paper on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)- Resilience Oct 2012

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: DRR, NGOs, Resilience

  • VOICE CONCORD Position Paper on Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development-LRRD- July 2012

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: LRRD

  • Humanitarian NGOs - something to celebrate?

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: NGOs

    VOICE turned 20 years' old in 2012; the network’s anniversary offered a chance to reflect on the role of humanitarian NGOs in the past and future. What has been their contribution to the evolving humanitarian sector? What challenges should they expect in the years ahead, and how can they best prepare for these? VOICE asked three leading scholars and practitioners to share their expert views on the issue.
  • VOICE Position Paper Humanitarian Aid in European Commission External Action funding (Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020) (updated September 2011)

    VOICE position papers

    Tags: EU, Funding, MFF

  • From Disaster Risk Reduction to Comprehensive Resilience – Towards a Common Understanding

    VOICE event reports

    Tags: DRR, Resilience

    Report of a panel discussion held in London in June 2011, jointly organised by VOICE and member Action Aid.