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WHAF 2017

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The World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) is a one-day event organised by several humanitarian organisations and aims to encourage dialogue and action through collaboration and partnership working. This event is open to all that share a passion for making a difference and believe in being part of effective humanitarian work that better serves beneficiaries.

Over the course of the day you will have a chance be part of a roundtable working group to discuss a key issue affecting the sector. It will also be a chance to learn from each other, share experiences and to form lasting bonds with other participants in an atmosphere of exploration, intelligence and candour.

WHAF is passionate about creating an initiative to better coordinate humanitarian work and address common issues affecting the sector. Now, more than ever than before we believe a collective agreement is required on regional priorities and mechanisms for organising humanitarian responses that promote long-term thinking.

Main Themes

The Main themes for the event will be as follows;

Roundtable A: De-risking and financial access: Shared risk, shared responsibility
Led by Humanitarian Policy Group at The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and The London School of Economics, supported by Islamic Relief Worldwide, Al Rayan Bank, Human Appeal, Al Khair Foundation, Human Security Collective, Charity & Security Network, The Norwegian Refugee Council, Muslim Charities Forum.

Roundtable B: Localisation agenda: Sustainable investment and core capacity
Led by the NEAR Network and supported by The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, Christian Aid, CAFOD, British Red Cross.

Roundtable C: Forced migration and protection with a GBV focus

Led by Islamic Relief Worldwide and supported by the Disasters Emergency Committee

We hope that, with your participation in this Forum, WHAF will facilitate new partnerships amongst humanitarian actors from the ‘North’ and ‘South’ and share effective humanitarian practices and more specifically;

1. Develop strategies for informing policy on key issues affecting humanitarian organisations particularly those from the global south
2. Develop joint initiatives and campaigns for collaborative working at local, national and international levels

Date and Venue

Tuesday 28th November 2017

QE2 conference centre
Broad Sanctuary


*subject to change

8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and opening remarks
9:30 – 10:30 Introduction to the program and roundtables
10:30 – 11:00 Break
Session 1

11:00 – 12:30

Roundtable A
Session 1
Roundtable B
Session 1
Roundtable C
Conflicts & Crises
Session 1
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 2

13:30 – 15:00

Roundtable A
Session 2
Roundtable B
Session 2
Roundtable C
Conflicts & Crises
Session 2
15:00 – 15:30 Tea Break
Session 3

15:30 – 17:00

Roundtable A
Session 3
Roundtable B
Session 3
Roundtable C
Conflicts & Crises
Session 3
Final Session

17:00 – 18:00

Feedback on Session Outcomes
Final Statement

Who is it for?

Representatives from INGOs, local and national NGOs from the global ‘South’, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, public sector officials, philanthropists, donors, academia and media.


We will have a number of keynote speakers and panellists sharing their experiences on these key issues. That said WHAF is not a conference but a Forum consisting of 3 Roundtables for delegates to take part in and contribute to the conversation and follow up actions.

How to register

Entrance is free, however, registration is required. Please register here by 10th November 2017 and select the Roundtable you wish to attend as they will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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Stall and logo placement

Does your organisation want to showcase its projects and services? Then we have the perfect place: The Cambridge Suite of the QE2 Conference Centre located on the 5th floor is a large open space with panoramic views of the Westminster area.

The (WHAF) 2017 offers an opportunity for its partners to build relationships, develop new contacts and share effective humanitarian practices and coordination with other leading humanitarian actors and specialists across the globe. As well as bringing together a collective of prominent actors, leaders, scholars and experts, WHAF also provides an opportunity to gain exposure of your work at the prestigious QEII Centre, the largest dedicated conference, events and exhibition space in Central London.

Options (rates for charities):

  1. £1000: 1 x stall and 2 delegate places at the Forum
  2. £2000: 2 x stall and 2 delegate places at the Forum
  3. £3000: 3 x stall and 3 delegate places at the Forum
  4. £5000: 3 x stall and 5 delegate places at the Forum and logo place on promotional materials

Description of the stalls: 1.5m x 0.75m with black cloth. Please email us with your requirements for your stall, however, we cannot guarantee that you will have access to a power supply.

To book a stall please email us with subject heading “Stalls” to whaf@humanitarianforum.org or call Tel: +44 (0) 203 096 1787.

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WHAF Partners

The World Humanitarian Action Forum 2017 brings together over 35 different organisations to shape and contribute to the key discussions affecting the humanitarian sector.

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Get in touch

WHAF Secretariat
37 Westminster Bridge Road
6 Whitehorse Mews

Tel: 0203 096 1787
email: whaf@humanitarianforum.org

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