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Bilateral donors and recipients share experiences in fourth session on humanitarian financing

14 Dec 2016

On 6 December, PHAP and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) organized the fourth session of the learning stream on humanitarian financing. The event focused on NGO direct access to bilateral funding, and showcased the processes and procedures of two major donor agencies from both the donor and NGO perspectives: the European Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

Susan Kyle, Attaché on Humanitarian Affairs at the U.S. Mission to UN in Geneva for PRM, began with an introduction to PRM and gave an overview of the application process and guidelines for NGOs to access PRM funding. Her presentation was followed by Walter Brill, Director of Operations at International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), who shared his organization’s experience accessing funds from PRM and some of the considerations to take into account before applying for such funding.

Alberto Garralon Perez, Deputy Head of the Budget, Finance and Control Unit in the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) at the European Commission, presented ECHO’s partnership process, laying out the rules, criteria, and capacity requirements that NGOs need to meet in order to access EU funding.  Magali Mourlon, Program Coordinator at NGO VOICE, shared the experience of NGOs in the VOICE network in terms of becoming ECHO partners and accessing specific grants.

As there was not time to discuss all of the questions submitted by participants during the live session, the speakers provided further answers in writing, which you can read on the PHAP website.

If you missed the session, you can access the video and audio recordings at


Learning stream on humanitarian financing

This event was the fourth session of five live interactive online learning events in the learning stream on humanitarian financing that ICVA and PHAP are organizing with the purpose of demystifying the complex humanitarian financing landscape and to provide NGOs and humanitarians with a stronger understanding of the different funding streams.

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