The World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) is an initiative, organised by several humanitarian and development organisations, that aims to encourage effective collaboration with local actors to better serve affected communities.
WHAF 2019 brought together over 480 delegates representing local and national NGOs, INGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, networks, philanthropists and academics from across the humanitarian, development and peace-building sector for a two-day forum in Istanbul on 15-16 October.
This was the second Forum, following the successful WHAF 2017 Forum in London and coincided with UN World Dignity Day on 16 October.
The 2019 Forum focused on the central theme of ‘Dignity in Humanity’ and combined a series of parallel solution-focused roundtables on four vital topics – Finance, Localisation, Conflict and Resilience.
The Forum also included four networking and partnership sessions where over 20 NGOs were given the opportunity to present their stories and projects to the rest of the delegates and exchange ideas and contacts.
We are grateful to our 53 partners, that made up the Advisory Group and the four Steering Groups, for putting together WHAF 2019.
WHAF is not simply a one-off, two-day event, it is a long-term initiative that starts with consultations, develops recommendations and culminates in action.
Download the Summary Report to find out what happened at the Forum, the 12 key recommendations put forward and the related activities in the six months that followed.
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