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This page of ReliefWeb is a dedicated resource page for Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other civil society groups active in humanitarian contexts. Within it, you'll find articles, programming guides, and e-learning tools aimed at helping NGOs and community-based organizations strategically engage with the humanitarian action and the humanitarian architecture more broadly.

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02 Dec 2018 description

A collective impact case study on the Mindanao Peaceweavers network

Michelle Garred

May 2018


27 Nov 2018 description

Access the guide


Evidence coming from research and evaluation can help you understand what works, where, why and for whom. It can also tell you what does not work, and help you avoid repeating the failures of others by learning from evaluations of unsuccessful humanitarian programmes. Evidence can also guide the design of the most effective ways to deliver specific interventions.

21 Nov 2018 description

This case study documents how community engagement and accountability approaches were integrated into the emergency phase of a pilot cash based intervention programme in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo in 2017, and the benefits this had for the program.

09 Nov 2018 description

The objective of the Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (MISMA) is to guide the work of humanitarian practitioners across sectors and to ensure that, irrespective of the tool used, the key standard of market analysis is being met. By supporting high-quality market analysis, the MISMA intends to contribute to improving response analysis and programme implementation. The MISMA covers five key actions to ensure the quality of market analysis.

01 Nov 2018 description
report Plan International


This document outlines the Research and Evaluation Agenda 2018-2022 (hereafter the Agenda) for Plan International.

Under the umbrella of Plan International’s Global Strategy 2017-2022, including the Global Theory of Change, the Areas of Global Distinctiveness (AoGDs) and the Global Advocacy Priorities, it identifies areas to best focus our efforts and resources in generating relevant evidence that will fill sectoral knowledge gaps and enhance our influencing and programming.

29 Oct 2018 description

Final Report - Prepared by Josephine Hutton, Shawn Boeser and Marilise Turnbull


26 Oct 2018 description
report ALNAP

This companion to the ALNAP EHA Guide offers protection-specific insights for evaluators and evaluation commissioners across the humanitarian sector. It covers the planning, data management and analysis phases of evaluation and addresses a range of challenges that – whilst not all unique to protection – are often exacerbated by the contexts in which protection activities typically take place.

25 Oct 2018 description


An inclusive approach to disaster preparedness saves lives. Inclusion engenders community resilience and promotes equity and human rights.

10 Oct 2018 description

Between May 2016 and September 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, with technical support from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), developed and delivered a 2 stage project in 5 different countries targeted at supporting opportunities for women’s equal and meaningful participation in camp governance structures.

26 Sep 2018 description


The Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD, by its Spanish acronym) aims to support the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by strengthening capacity building in disaster preparedness among National Societies. The aim is to develop methodologies, tools, learning techniques and harmonization processes considering the National Societies’ expertise and best practices and under the coordination of the IFRC Regional Office for the Americas.

18 Sep 2018 description

With 90% funding from the Regional Development and Protection Programme, Action Against Hunger has been implementing a 17-months project titled “Creating Job Opportunities for Young Adults” in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The 10,806,000 DKK (Danish Krones) project was implemented in Zakho District of Dohuk Governorate. It aims to “improve the economic situation of vulnerable host communities, Internally Displaced Persons, and refugee families through the creation of new businesses.

14 Sep 2018 description

Executive summary

Tackling the problems of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion that persist in parts of the world that continue to be affected by violence or political insecurity is difficult for several reasons. For one, because of the complexity of the prevailing social, economic and political systems, solutions to chronic problems are far from obvious.
One response to this aspect of the challenge is adaptive programme design and management.

06 Sep 2018 description
report ALNAP

Would you like to better understand the context you’re operating in, but aren’t sure where to start?

‘What’s Missing? Adding Context to the Urban Response Toolbox’ is a new study from ALNAP, part of a broader research initiative exploring how humanitarian response can be more effective in complex urban areas. This resources sets out 8 simple steps, on how you can begin using context tools in humanitarian response, by drawing key findings from the study.

05 Sep 2018 description
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Part 2: How-to Guide & Tools

The Basic Needs Assessment (BNA) is a multi-sector needs assessment approach that can be applied in both sudden onset and protracted emergencies, but that – in the present edition – has been piloted only in two protracted crises, namely in Borno State (North-East Nigeria) and in Fafan zone (Somali region of Ethiopia). The approach took inspiration from ECHO’s Basic Needs Framework for Integrated Response.

04 Sep 2018 description
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Kurdish version


INEE Minimum Standards

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery is the only global tool that articulates the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery and development. The aim of the INEE Minimum Standards is to: