Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) is an annual event that will take place for the third time between 6 and 10 February 2017. The overarching goal of the HNPW is to give networks and organizations at the forefront of humanitarian action the tools and contacts they need to excel, together. The only way of achieving this is to pool knowledge, share experiences and find joint solutions to common challenges. Each network is a small part of the larger humanitarian puzzle; it needs to fit with the other pieces to maximize its impact.themed-article_1_dispatch-16

HNPW provides a space for humanitarian networks and partnerships to hold their annual meetings.  While these are invitation only, Wednesday 8th February is an interactive, problem solving event that is open to all. If you have expertise in emergency response, here’s why you should join:

  • Take part in interactive sessions on a wide range of humanitarian challenges
  • Suggest alternative challenges and make new contacts
  • Peruse an exhibition of new products and services
  • Learn from a variety of succinct and informal presentations

The focus of the interactive day is to get people with different areas of expertise to work together to identify practical solutions to shared challenges, for example relating to information management, coordination, the use of technology and importing goods.

Check the HNPW website for day’s programme, details of all the sessions and to sign up.  

In 2017, seventeen international networks actively working within the humanitarian field are expected to participate throughout the whole week. Last year, over 800 participants attended.

theme-article_3_dispatach-16Introducing the Leading Edge Programme: Advancing the Frontiers of Crisis Preparedness and Response

HNPW 2017 will place particular emphasis on enhancing coordinated cooperation of partners across the professional networks. A key focus will be to encourage participating networks to engage not only during the event, but all year round.

The Leading Edge Programme will foster year-round collaboration between networks and technical experts involved with crisis preparedness and response. Its focus is to identify common challenges and implement solutions, with HNPW being its yearly event. This model of continuous cooperation will achieve tangible results and ultimately improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action.

What is ESB doing at HNPW? 

Field Coordination Support Section:

ESB’s Field Coordination Support Section (FCSS) is one of the key stakeholders at HNPW. FCSS will host the UNDAC Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday 7 February 2017, which will focus on how to further improve the UNDAC System in the overall environment of international emergency response.

The INSARAG Steering Group meeting on Thursday 9 February 2017, will discuss lessons learned from earthquake response operations in 2016 in Ecuador and Italy, with an additional specific focus on the issues of the domestic accreditation of USAR teams’ in-country capacity and the potential role of International Light USAR teams.

The UNDAC Operational Support and Partnerships meeting on Thursday 9 February 2017, will focus on ways to increase the predictability and effectiveness of the UNDAC partnership by bringing together partners under an overall partnership framework. This meeting – a milestone in the year-round collaboration – will also identify areas for increased collaboration, in particular in the field of interoperability and training.

FCSS will also be leading several interactive sessions on field coordination, including synthesising differing coordination approaches, exploring the need for coordination from the perspective of responders, and how technology could better support and facilitate coordination in the arena of disaster response.

Evolving emergency preparedness through Simulations and Training: Activation and Coordination Support Unit (ACSU)

Empowering local preparedness to respond against disasters is the first line of defense in protecting populations from crises. It is also a vital component for driving down the costs of disaster management which in turn enables economies to divert investment to growth. ACSU will engage with UK academics in identifying policy improvements on disaster response exercises and how this can be operationally applied to multiple regions globally experiencing distinctly different natural hazard threats.

Civil-military coordination at the fore: Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS)

As part of HNPW week, the Annual Meeting of the Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord CG) will take place on 9 February. This year the UN-CMCoord CG will elaborate on commitments made during the World Humanitarian Summit, the development of Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards, and the role and functions of civil-military coordination as an enabler of humanitarian action.

In addition, four interactive UN-CMCoord-led session will address cross-cutting questions and initiatives relevant for all HNWP networks and partners, such as training and learning, the operationalization of policy and guidelines, the dangerous humanitarian working environment, and sharing of data through information management platforms.

Conflict Analysis Linking Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding

Humanitarian activities should not put people affected by conflict at greater risk. OCHA together with its partner World Vision International, will conduct an interactive session on conflict analysis for rapid response. The objective is to identify ways in which the humanitarian community can promote the integration of conflict analysis into humanitarian programming.