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Welcome to the H2H Network monthly email update, a short review of network and member activities. Contact us on to find out more.

Network update


October included a network deployment to DR Congo, with a focus on building more awareness of the network and its members. We also planned for our first Learning Webinar and began preparations for HNPW in which the network will coordinate the AAP learning track.


DRC - Ebola

The five organisations funded are now fully operational, either in the field or remotely. The members and the services they offer are available on the network service package matrix, here.

The network’s humanitarian adviser, Rebecca Petras, visited the DR Congo projects in October. The main learnings and outputs from that mission were:
  • We found the funding from the network was well timed. It came at a point in which coordination was in place to ‘receive’ the projects.
  • Awareness-building was a big focus.  Through a series of presentations and bilateral meetings, Rebecca was able to raise awareness of the services and the humanitarian-to-humanitarian concept; time will tell whether this will matter in this response and in future activations.
  • Services that are still needed include data visualization and more PSEA support.
  • We took the decision to not activate the fund for a second window.

Burkina Faso
The core team has been monitoring needs in Burkina Faso; and on 1 November, we activated the fund for a first window of funding. The overall objective for the service package, at this stage of the emergency, is to help the response organise into a well-coordinated operation to improve security for internally displaced people in Burkina Faso.
There are two sub-objectives of the package:
  • To provide services that improve coordination, information management and sharing.
  • To give responders access to training and best practices in humanitarian principles, quality, standards, protection and PSEA.

Assessment on activating the fund
The network core team makes an internal decision whether to assess needs for services in emergencies. However, any network member, donor, or humanitarian responder can request that the team begin an assessment. Our scoping exercise includes interviewing field responders and coordinators, evaluating available assessments and metrics, speaking to members who may be activating, and testing a problem tree against requested needs. Currently, we are beginning to scope support for the Venezuela refugee crisis. If you believe we should look at a particular emergency for possible fund activation, please contact

Member News

Membership is now open for prospective members!

Here is the link to apply.
The applications will be evaluated by the network’s new membership committee – thanks very much to the new ‘team’:
Ben Allen, Tech RRT
Rosa Argent, CHS Alliance
Romain Benicchio, Sphere
Ellie Kemp, Translators without Borders
Martin Noblecourt, CartONG
Lisa Reilly, EISF

Member Learning Webinar Series*
Top tips to boost awareness of your organisation and amplify your work
Date: 21 November, 10.30 – 11.30 CET.

The network’s first Learning Webinar will feature Anna Tuson from The Story Communications and Creative Consultancy,  providing members with practical advice on strengthening communications and telling their story.
More webinars will follow on a bi-monthly basis.
*the Learning Webinar Series is available only to network members

Member news
In each newsletter, we highlight recent activities by several members. This month:
1. Evidence Aid
Evidence Aid curates a number of evidence collections around topics related to the humanitarian sector. One of these collections is ‘The health of refugees and asylum seekers’, available here. The collection includes  topics around Common Mental Health Disorders (including PTSD and depression), Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Skin conditions (including Impetigo, Scabies and Cellulitis), Tuberculosis, Sexual and Physical Violence and Oral Health. The team is currently updating the collection with systematic reviews around maternal health and we should be glad of anyone who wishes to help with this.

The pictures were provided by Denis Bosnic and were all taken in Italy

iMMAP recently conducted two advanced humanitarian information management training and capacity building activities for humanitarian partners responding to the crisis in northeast Nigeria.
The training was an opportunity for humanitarian partners to learn about humanitarian fundraising and resource mobilization through principled fundraising, country-based pooled funds, and the Central Emergency Response Fund, together with alternative ways to source for funding. The participants were also introduced to the art of preparing, writing, submitting concept notes and proposals that can help them secure the needed funding. Other training aspects included data visualization using infographics and data presentation using dynamic dashboards.
Discover more here.

Advanced Information Management Training Participants, Yola

3 Graduate Institute
The Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) had conducted a research project to map organisations involved in humanitarian activities. The research resulted in the creation of the Humanitarian Organisation Database (HOD), which was launched in October 2019.
The aim of the research project is three-fold: to contribute to a better understanding of the humanitarian ‘ecosystem’ at its various levels, help interested parties navigate a complex sector, and facilitate building partnerships for better programme results.
If your organization is in the HOD, to ensure the information is as accurate as possible we would appreciate it if you could check your respective information and:
  • Verify if the information provided is correct, if not, please share the amendment needed,
  • Share useful documents, namely activity reports, annual reports, flagship reports, evaluation reports, case studies.
  • Share your current (and future) projects, and
  • Use the HOD for it to be your reference tool to reach out and create partnerships.


A number of events are coming up in the second half of the year:

13 – 14 November, Brussels
International Disaster Relief Forum
3 - 5 December, London

Global Refugee Forum
17 - 18 December, Geneva
Additionally, we are beginning to prepare for HNPW next February in Geneva.

H2H Network is moderating the AAP theme at HNPW
Six themes have been selected to run throughout HNPW 2020, one of which is around accountability to affected populations. The H2H Network is taking the lead in co-ordinating contributions from the many organisations interested in and working on this topic. The aim is to create an engaging programme for HNPW participants, with sessions that complement, but do not duplicate, each other and are linked by some overarching aims.
Plans for the AAP sessions are being laid now and will be available through HNPW later this month.
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