AAP @ HNPW 2024

HNPW 2024: Sessions on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP)

Join us for a series of online events on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) as part of the 2024 edition of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW). These four sessions will discuss how we can improve different aspects of accountability, bringing together global and local perspectives and bring about the Participation Revolution as envisaged by the Grand Bargain.

To learn more about a session and view the recording, click on its title.

30 April (14:00-15:30 CEST)
Collective Approaches to Community Feedback

Humanitarian organizations need to do more to ensure they learn from community feedback – it is critical for their relevance and effectiveness and for building stronger and more trusting relationships with affected populations. To help the variety of actors involved in humanitarian action have a more effective and coherent approach in this regard, the IASC AAP Task Force has developed a new inter-agency toolkit for community feedback mechanisms (CFMs): the Operational Guiding Principles and Standards for Collective Approaches to Community Feedback. Join us for this toolkit launch where we will discuss how this might help better link different systems for listening and responding to affected communities by aligning approaches to collecting, sharing, analyzing and responding to community feedback.

Opening remarksJesse WoodChief, Emergencies and Transitions, Policy & Programme Department, WFP
Carla DaherEmergency Specialist, Emergency Programmes, UNICEF
Negar GhobadiGlobal Lead, Community Feedback Mechanism, Data, and Analytics, WFP
Amanda MaherAAP Consultant, UNICEF
Pianos ManjeraAssociate Information Management Officer, UNHCR Regional Bureau for East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes
Raphael OkoropotAAP Senior Manager – Kampala, U-Learn
Alexandra Sicotte-LevesqueManager, Community Engagement, IFRC
Facilitator:Manisha Thomas
1 May (10:00-11:30 CEST)
Strengthening Collective Capacity for AAP

Despite a growing demand for technical and coordination support for collective AAP, there seems to be a serious capacity gaps at both country, regional, and global levels. Existing local expertise and capacity is often being overlooked or under-resourced, instead of systematically identified, developed, and supported to be able to fulfill the interagency roles. At the same time, there is also a shortage of regional and global deployable staff able to cover capacity gaps, both at emergency onsets and in preparedness efforts and protracted contexts. In this session, we will discuss three approaches that aim to address this gap: the IASC AAP Task Force’s Capacity Strengthening work stream on surge deployments, the remote technical assistance through the Accountability and Inclusion Helpdesk, and the learning and development efforts through the Geneva Center for Humanitarian Studies’ Certificate of Advanced Studies on AAP.

Catherine AlcarazAAP Capacity Strengthening Officer, NORCAP
Erna BuraiLecturer and AAP Course Director, University of Geneva
Charles-Antoine HofmannChief of Section – AAP, UNICEF
Alexander PoignantCapacity-Building Specialist, IASC AAP Task Force
Namita RaoAccountability and Inclusion Helpdesk Coordinator
Gatluak Jacob BielCCCM Cluster Co-Coordinator, CCCM Cluster South Sudan
Sonia IliasProgram Specialist – Local Governance, UNICEF
Facilitator:Manisha Thomas
2 May (10:00-11:30 CEST)
Coordination of Cross-Cutting Areas in Humanitarian Settings

Humanitarian practitioners are expected to address an increasingly wide range of ‘issues’ that affect and cut across most or all aspects of an operation, including, but not limited to, AAP, localization, centrality of protection, gender-based violence (GBV) risk mitigation, sexual exploitation and abuse, gender equality, and disability inclusion. Often, these “issues” are treated and tackled in isolation from each other, leading to an unintended fragmentation, siloed approaches, and at times, inadvertent competition over limited resources. This session will follow up on a series of informal consultations carried out with humanitarian actors on how to better coordinate cross-cutting areas to help bring in the views of a wider range of humanitarian practitioners.

Note: This session will have international sign interpretation.


Charles-Antoine HofmannChief of Section AAP, UNICEF
Tanya WoodExecutive Director, CHS Alliance
Andrea BreslinProtection and Accountability Global Lead, WFP
Barbara LecqSenior Humanitarian Adviser, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK
Ismael HaganaSecretary General for the Sudan NGO Forum
Virginia LainoCommunity Engagement and Accountability Manager for the Americas, IFRC
Kirstin LangeProgramme Specialist (Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action, UNICEF
Facilitator:Manisha Thomas
2 May (14:00-15:30 CEST)
Rumors don’t have borders: Misinformation in humanitarian and peacekeeping settings

Harmful information not only hampers the efficiency of aid delivery and peacekeeping efforts but can also exacerbate tensions within communities and disrupt trust in humanitarian and peacekeeping actors. But what drives this spread of false information and what can we do to counter it? In this session we will be looking at the results of a new study by NORCAP on the impact of misinformation and hate speech on peacekeeping missions and discuss what humanitarian and peacekeeping actors can learn from each other and coordinate better.

Allan CheboiDigital Conflict Specialist, Build Up
Layla HassoAAP Coordinator, OCHA Gaziantep/NW Syria
Karam HillyCo-Founder, Door Beyond War
Katie LeachPolicy Specialist on Addressing Mis/Disinformation in Peacekeeping Settings Information Integrity Unit, UN Department of Peace Operations (UN DPO)
Nick NjorogeAAP Coordinator, OCHA Ethiopia
Bishawjit DasEditorial lead in Bangladesh, BBC Media Action
Sarah MaceCommunity Engagement and Accountability Thematic Manager, NORCAP
Facilitator:Manisha Thomas