The Forum drew over 230 delegates from 38 countries, including 97 international delegates representing organisations from the global ‘South’.
Prior to delegates breaking out to their roundtable groups, the opening session provided a time to reflect on the key purpose of the Forum such as its importance and influence in carrying on the recommendations and actions forward.
Dr Hany, President of The Humanitarian Forum stressed that the WHAF had a vision and mission to accomplish, to try to measure its impact on the humanitarian sector and help the humanitarian sector to grow, to be protected and to flourish.
A distinguished speaker from one of the UN’s agencies urged that “it was important for organisations to continue to work together in the future in order to protect the humanitarian space against politicisation and polarisation… and for organisations not to give up in the face of challenges”.
This was clearly evident by the involvement of 37 partners and collaborative organisations who made the WHAF initiative possible and continue to take its message, actions and recommendations forward.
The one-day Forum consisted of plenary and closing sessions and three parallel roundtable sessions led by a number of organisations. Participants were able to attend one of the roundtables on:
De-risking and Financial Access: Shared Risk, Shared Responsibility
Localisation Agenda: Sustainable Investment and Core Capacity
Conflicts and Crisis: Forced Migration and Protection with a Gender Based Violence focus (GBV)
Roundtable discussions provided a platform for participants to exchange experiences on how actors could influence policy engagement strategies on issues such as de-risking and financial access, conflicts and crises, and the localisation agenda. The roundtable format followed WHAF’s 3 Ps approach; Problem, Practice and Policy.