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African NGOs Speak Their Voice at UNHCR’s Annual Meeting
ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE recently attended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' 58th Executive Committee in Geneva, where it presented a well-received brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with the UN agency.
 
 
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African NGOs Speak Their Voice at UNHCR’s Annual Meeting

10 Oct, 2015

ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE recently attended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' 58th Executive Committee in Geneva, where it presented a well-received brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with the UN agency.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) 58th Executive Committee (ExCom) took place in Geneva this month, where the agency's programmes and budgets were reviewed and approved, whilst the ExCom also advised on protection matters. In the week preceding the ExCom, UNHCR held consultations with its non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners to discuss important issues to both.

ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE (ADHOC-CC) attended the consultations, observed the ExCom and presented a brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with UNHCR. The brief, entitled ‘Partnerships Revisited: African NGO commitment to partnership in the new African millennium’, was developed with the input of UNHCR’s African NGO partners. The criticality of such a brief grew out of the increasing importance of sharing African perspectives on humanitarian assistance and the myriad of challenges facing African NGOs in light of UNHCR funding cuts and internal reorganisation. Recognizing the importance of achieving innovative solutions to these challenges, the brief identifies a number of proposals, summarised as;
  • The establishment of a genuine partnership between UNHCR and its African NGO partners based on the Principles of Partnership developed by the Global Humanitarian Platform;
  • A revitalization of the commitments made in the Partnership in Action Initiative (PARinAc);
  • The development of a stand-alone institutional capacity building fund; and
  • International support to an African NGO coordination centre & network.
Such efforts as outlined in the brief are vital to maintaining and increasing the ability of African NGOs to respond to the needs of refugees and displaced persons on the African continent. The message comes at a significant time, as UNHCR seeks to reassess and redefine its mission and ways of working. Only by empowering southern based NGOs, can African people gain true ownership in finding sustainable solutions to the multiple challenges faced across the continent.

At the end of the consultation, a joint UNHCR-African NGO task force was set up to follow up on the points raised in the brief, as well as others of concern to African NGOs.
 
 
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