Our primary targets are the United Nations (UN) agencies, Permanent Missions to the UN, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), international organisations, academics and others. NRC Geneva also manages our engagement with the UN Security Council Member States in New York.
Our policy and partnerships work is directly informed by NRC’s operational experience across the more than 30 countries where we work to ensure that the voices of displaced populations are guiding and influencing key decisions about their futures.
NRC aims to ensure that global diplomacy efforts are directed towards the following:
- Protecting and promoting principled humanitarian action;
- Achieving improved access to operate in hard-to-reach areas;
- Supporting a comprehensive approach that enables displaced people greater access to durable solutions;
- Preventing future displacement;
- Improving funding mechanisms to respond to crises and provide protection to forcibly displaced people, and;
- Supporting integration of climate and environmental sustainability in humanitarian policies, funding, programmes and operations.
Coordination is instrumental to advance the humanitarian policy agenda. Building on operational experience, NRC plays a key role in several interagency coordination platforms:
- NRC is one of the co-convenors of the Grand Bargain Workstream 7&8 on Enhanced Quality Funding along with Canada, Sweden, UNICEF, ICRC and OCHA
- NRC co-chairs the Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) – NGO Dialogue Platform
- NRC co-chairs the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Strategic Advisory Group
- NRC leads the GPC Housing Land and Property Area of Responsibility
- NRC is co-chair of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Operational, Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG)
Protection is concerned with the safety, dignity, and rights of people affected by disaster or armed conflict. NRC’s protection policy work focuses on increasing displacement affected people’s choices about if, when, and where to move, and ensuring that conflict and disaster affected populations are able to move safely with dignity.
This is done through targeted engagement on themes of: 1) Protection of Civilians, 2) Durable Solutions, 3) mixed migration and vulnerable migrants in refugee-like situations and 4) protection in the context of climate change and disasters. NRC works closely with UN partners to strengthen a system-wide approach to protection and increase donor accountability on the centrality of protection.
- Breaking the Glass Ceiling: a smarter approach to protection financing (2020)
- NRC Submission to the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement (2020)
- Unprepared for re-integration (2019) and executive summary
- Dadaab Camp Closure and Repatriations Report (2017)
- Lessons from Responsibility Sharing Mechanisms (2017)
- Joint NGO recommandations on Durable Solutions (2017)
- NRC Protection Policy (2016)
- Considerations for Planning Mass Evacuations (2016)
- Independent Whole of System Protection Review (2015)
Climate and Disaster Displacement
NRC is working to ensure disaster displacement is included in and acted upon in global policy processes, including climate change negotiations (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)/Paris Agreement), the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration and others.
We advocate towards protection-mandated agencies and states to include the effects of climate change and disasters in their work with refugees and internally displaced people. We participate in the Platform on Disaster Displacement as a member of the Advisory Committee and coordinate the Inter-Agency Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility.
- Words into Action eLearning Course – English / Spanish
- Words into Action, Disaster Displacment: How to Reduce Risk, Address Impacts and Strengthen Resilience (2019)
- Disaster Displacement and Disaster Risk Reduction (2019)
- COP22 – Time for Action (2019)
- Climate change, displacement and community relocation: Lessons from Alaska (2017)
- Nansen Initiative Agenda – Protecting Cross Border Displacement (2015)
- Global Estimates, People Displaced by Disasters (2015)
Impact of Counterterrorism measures and Sanctions on Principled Humanitarian Action
Counterterrorism measures and sanctions regimes can have a range of negative impacts on principled humanitarian action, including placing limitations on the ability of affected populations to access assistance, and limiting the ability of humanitarian organisations to engage with non-state armed groups (NSAGs) to select beneficiaries on the basis of needs alone and to access financial services.
NRC is the leading NGO voice on this issue and has invested significantly in documenting the issue, and in raising awareness of it. Our engagement with key counterterrorism and sanctions stakeholders has helped to mitigate the impact of these measures on our work and on the communities we seek to assist.
NRC is currently managing a project together with the Global Governance Centre of the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies on mitigating the unintended humanitarian impact of UN targeted sanctions. Read more about the project here.
- Toolkit for principled humanitarian action: managing counterterrorism risks (2020) (French version and Arabic version)
- Practical Guide: project cycle management and counterterrorism risks (2020)
- Principles Under Pressure: the impact of counterterrorism measures and preventing / countering violent extremism on principled humanitarian action (2018)
- Study of the impact of donor counterterrorism measures on principled humanitarian action (2013)
Humanitarian Principles and Access
Ensuring that humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence remain at the core of humanitarian work, we advocate for the protection and promotion of principled humanitarian action among relevant stakeholders to ensure it stays high on the international agenda. We also contribute to building NRC staff capacity on humanitarian principles, access, and negotiations.
NRC is a thought-leader within the Humanitarian Financing policy arena, with our humanitarian policy efforts focused on increasing the quantity and quality of funding. This is done through influencing global allocations and advocating for improvements in the flexibility and predictability of funding, as well as improving access to funding. We also work on supporting innovative financing mechanisms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian response.
- Development Actors and the Nexus; lessons from crises in Bangladesh, Cameroon and Somalia (2021)
- Make or Break: the implications of Covid-19 for crisis financing (2020)
- The programme-based approach: ten lessons (2020)
- Funding Flaws Brief (2020)
- Country Based Pooled Funds: the NGO Perspective (2019)
- Financing the nexus from a field perspective (2019)
- Living up to the promise of multi-year humanitarian financing (2017)
- Understanding humanitarian funds, going beyond CBFPs (2017)
- Bridging the needs-based funding gap (2014)
- Catalogue of quality funding practices to the humanitarian response (2020)
- Grand Bargain Spotlight; Reducing Earmarked Funding (2016)
- GB – harmonisation and donor conditions (2016)
- Too important to bargain? The Grand Bargain For Efficiencies: A Briefing Note (2016)
- Grand Bargain Spotlight; Increasing Multi-Year Funding (2016)
- Beyond the Grand Bargain (2018)
- Grand Bargain Briefing Note (2018)
NRC Geneva’s Partnerships team works to enhance and foster strategic institutional partnerships with UN agencies and the Swiss government. Among others, this includes strong engagement with UNHCR, UNICEF, Education Cannot Wait, OCHA, IOM, FAO, WFP, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Working closely with our Humanitarian Financing colleagues, we advocate for improved donor conditions and flexibilities to enhance the quality of our humanitarian operations. We also support NRC Country Offices to understand the rules and regulations of their grant agreements, offering capacity building and learning opportunities for NRC colleagues on donor procedures and engagement.
United Nations Security Council
NRC Geneva leads NRC’s engagement with UNSC members in New York. This involves both public advocacy and private diplomacy. There are five permanent UNSC members: France, the UK, the US, Russia, and China. From 2021 the ten elected members are: Ireland, Norway, Mexico, India, Kenya, Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Viet Nam.
The Global Protection Cluster (GPC)
NRC is a longstanding and active contributor to the Global Protection Cluster (GPC). NRC currently has several areas of responsibility: NRC co-chairs the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of the GPC, leads the Housing, Land and Property Area of Responsibility (HLP AoR), and plays an active role in the Task Team on Law and Policy. NRC is also the Protection Cluster co-coordinator in six humanitarian responses and a coordinator of HLP sub-cluster in a dozen countries. NRC also supports the GPC's work on disaster displacement and climate change.
The Housing, Land and Property Area of Responsibility (HLP AoR) has been led by NRC since 2016 and exists to facilitate a more predictable, accountable and effective HLP response. It does this by promoting collaboration and coordination amongst those engaged in HLP activities to develop communities of practice and remote support open to all.
NRC’s leadership of the HLP AoR draws on NRC’s practice-based experience and expertise in establishing HLP as a key component of centrality of protection activities and a vital part of achieving durable solutions.
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Cecilia Roselli | Director
Kaela Glass | Institutional Partnership Adviser
Brooke Lauten | Senior Humanitarian Policy Adviser, Protection
Nina Birkeland | Senior Adviser Disasters and Climate Change
Trine Jensen | Grants Management Officer
Luca Peciarolo | Senior Adviser, Humanitarian Financing
Jim Robinson | Global HLP AOR Specialist
Issie Cobb | Communication and Advocacy Officer
Nancy Ette | Head of Support
Paula Gil Baizan | Global Programme Development Innovation Manager
NRC's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is also based in Geneva. The centre is the leading global source of information and analysis on internal displacement. Its data and analysis informs and influences policies by governments, UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organisations. It monitors internal displacement caused by conflict, violence, human rights violations and natural hazard-induced disasters.
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