Regional Thematic Working Group on Migrants, Refugees and COVID-19

Next meeting of the working group will be held on Wednesday 17th March at 11am Bangkok time.

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Agenda will focus on

  1. Update on recent situation, epidemiology and technical resources
  2. Migrant and Refugee inclusion in vaccination planning and roll out
  3. TWG in 2021 – discussions and solicitation of feedback on need for continuation and coordination arrangements for TWG 2021
  4. AOB

For further inquiries please feel free to contact Patrick Duigan at IOM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sizing up the Scope for CSOs/NGOs Pooled Funds for Disaster and Humanitarian

Thursday, 18 March at 19:00-20:30 Bangkok time. (See invitation attached)

Secretariat of CSOs-NGOs Network-of-Network of Indonesia (SEJAJAR) in collaboration with Network of Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), is organizing an online seminar entitled: Sizing up the Scope for CSOs/NGOs Pooled Funds for Disaster and Humanitarian. The webinar will present models from diverse contexts and will discuss experiences and mechanisms to better access funding from various sources, better positioned to deliver needs-based, timely, and effective response while conforming to the good stewardship, humanitarian, and civil society-related principles.

Please go to this link to register for the event; and click this Zoom meeting link (Meeting ID: 898 5073 1440; Passcode: 845663) to join the seminar.

For any related queries, please contact Disya Marianty, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Shahida Arif, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCHA’s Global Access Workshop- “Access Data and Analysis”

22-25 March 2021 (see more information attached)

OCHA’s annual global access workshop will be virtual this year, thus allowing humanitarian partners and donors to join some of the conversation. This year will focus on OCHA’s efforts to enhance its data collection and analysis on access both at operational and strategic level. See concept note for more information. The open events are as follows: 

22nd March; 8:30pm-10pm BKK time: Panel event- Building a stronger access analysis to inform advocacy, operations and negotiations.  REGISTER here

25TH March; 8:30pm-10pm BKK time: Panel event New technologies: what does it mean for humanitarian access?  REGISTER here

 For more information can contact Sophie Solomon at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The impact of locally-driven humanitarian action - Start Fund Bangladesh

Date: 24 March 2021
Time: 15:00 Dhaka time / 09:00 UK time

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Start Fund Bangladesh invites you to join us in a celebration of the impact of locally-led humanitarian action. Since 2017, with support from UK Aid, Start Fund Bangladesh has provided £6.85 million in anticipatory and rapid emergency response funding to 29 under the radar emergencies, reaching 757,475 people directly and an additional six million people indirectly through awareness-raising activities. Through this experience, Start Fund Bangladesh and our members have generated important lessons, best practices and evidence on the impact of early response, anticipation and locally-led funds.

School-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan

25 March 14:30-16:00 Bangkok time


The event is going to be conducted by Plan International Disaster Risk Management team in coordination with  Japan and Sweden office to promote and facilitate knowledge exchange on good practices of school-centered and community-based disaster risk reduction approach that Plan International has been supporting through “Safe Schools Program” in the Asia-Pacific.

This webinar is part of a series of online seminars (2nd webinar  on 14 April : Inclusive and Gender  Sensitive approach in safe school and the 3rd webinar on  28 April: Role of CSOs in DRR in Asia Pacific), in which we invited various actors who are currently engaged with Disaster Risk Reduction programming in the region, including front-line practitioners, researchers and policy makers, to share their experiences on school-centered and community-based disaster risk reduction efforts. Therefore, it would be great to have you as part of the discussion during the webinar.


Hand Hygiene for All: Mobilizing the private sector to respond to and recover from COVID-19 

The virtual event is jointly organised by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Plan International, IFRC, WaterAid and UNICEF

The event will be held on March 29 & 30, 2021. 10 am to 1pm Bangkok time

Direct link to register

This conference will explore how the private sector can support the achievement of national plans on hand hygiene, by developing innovative products and services for hand hygiene, and by using those products and services to scale up hand hygiene in workplaces and worker communities. The event will encourage voluntary commitments towards universal access to hand hygiene everywhere.



Action Against Hunger and NGOs active in Rohingya response in Bangladesh are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to lead Bangladesh Rohingya Response NGO Platform. The NGO Platform is a network of 130 local, national and international NGOs that coordinates and represents NGO issues pertaining to the refugee response in Cox’s Bazar. Its key functions include information sharing and coordination, representation of NGOs, advocacy and key messaging on the refugee response and humanitarian space, as well as capacity building and advancing partnerships in the response.This position is hosted by ACF, but functions independently of the organisation. See above link for more information and how to apply.

National Humanitarian Network Pakistan

A volunteer network, founded in 2010 in result of interactive dialogue in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) “to act as an independent and vibrant voice to engage with stakeholders throughout Pakistan for promotion of humanitarian values by influencing policies and building capacities to ensure right based humanitarian response”. 172 humanitarian organizations are members of NHN from across Pakistan and it is open for all national and local organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance or disaster management advocacy.  NHN focus on “Effective and Accountable Humanitarian Governance” – mainly in Response and Disaster Preparedness through four major areas i.e. “Coordination/networking, Advocacy, Capacity Building and Information Management”.

NHN is a key network in Pakistan which is well connected with various stakeholders and demonstrated its effectiveness to do proper advocacy and lobbying for access, space and principled response. NHN supports stakeholders in collecting and timely sharing of critical information for preparedness and response as its members are spread across Pakistan and even in hard to reach areas.

Contact Us

  Address: Apartment No. 306, Imperial Square, Khalid Bin Waleed Road, E-11/2 Markaz, Islamabad, Pakistan
  Phone No: 0092-51-2305260-61

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