IHIP has committed to humanitarian principles and principles of partnership

The IHIP board approved to commit to the humanitarian principles and principles of partnership .

What are Humanitarian Principles?

Humanitarian principles provide the fundamental foundations for humanitarian action. Humanitarian principles are central to establishing and maintaining access to affected populations whether in the context of a natural disaster, an armed conflict or a complex emergency. Promoting compliance with humanitarian principles in humanitarian responseis an essential element of effective humanitarian coordination.

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What are Principles of Partnership?

IHIP and UNHCR co leading the Wash Sector initiative on specialized Expertise.

On 10th March 2021 during the meeting of the steering committee of the Wash Sector, IHIP officialy became co-leader with UN HCR of initiative 3.2: Specialized expertise for the WASH Sector.

The objective of the initiative is to consolidate the understanding of and develop a strategy for the use of various pools of competent and skilled WASH professionals with specific technical expertise that can be predictably and rapidly mobilized to respond in emergencies (i.e., surge, talent pool, rosters etc.). This both at global and more local levels (whenever local options are feasible, they should be favored), and identify mechanisms to engage with effectively and leverage the capacity of other non-traditional actors in the humanitarian space including the private sector and academia – in terms of in-kind support technical and material support (e.g. use of tools, equipment, etc.). This includes how to better engage with the private sector where we operate, e.g. consultants, contractors, utilities/service providers.

The ultimate objective is to ensure that the right expertise is made available when it does not exist within the humanitarian organizations implementing a program/project.

IHIP, has a major role to play, bridging gaps between the humanitarian actors and the private sector.

The IHIP / ICRC session at the next Global Wash Cluster Satellite Events from 26-30 April 2021 is confirmed.

Date and agenda to be finalised.


The objectives are:

1. To introduce the IHIP initiative

2. To promote the use of the harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector.

3. To engage with Global WASH Cluster members through pilot project(s) using the harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction developed by IHIP for the WASH sector


1. Presentation of the IHIP initiative

2. Presentation of the 18 improvement points addressed in the harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector

3. Discussion on elements that would help the sector to engage with the IHIP     harmonized contract:

4. Propose online registration form for interested organizations


De-risking with harmonized conditions of contract for construction for the shelter sector

Monday 26 Oct 16h30-17h00
François Baillon, IHIP,  fbaillon@ihip.earth

Liz Palmer (Save the children International )

and Richard Dewhurst  ( PhD student WEDC)

Particular Conditions to FIDIC SHORT FORM of Contract for the WASH humanitarian sector have been prepared based on a survey circulated to members of the Global Wash Cluster in July 2020 and consolidation workshops of a group of Wash experts from humanitarian and academic organizations (the IHIP WASH Contract Committee).

Presentation by the IHIP Wash Contract Committee of the 18 updates included in the new humanitarian particular conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector to be released next November 2020. Join the discussion on how this could replicate for the shelter sector.


Check the event page and please register here first

IHIP partnering with IFRC and GCERF @ 5-9 Nov 2018 Geneva Peace Week

Partnering for peace: How to drive stability and peace through and alongside humanitarian responses


Tuesday, 6 November 2018 from 14:30 to 15:45


Over the last decade, we have witnessed an increase in suffering in the most fragile of places, and how violent extremist groups aggravate these crises. In many fragile contexts, violent conflict and the resulting loss of lives and displacement shapes the crisis and frames the humanitarian response. While much of the international assistance in the midst of a complex crisis seeks to alleviate suffering by addressing the effects of conflict, there are important yet often untapped opportunities to lay the groundwork for peace through and alongside humanitarian responses. Panellists will illustrate different approaches to driving stability, peace and preventing violent extremism within humanitarian contexts and explore the benefits and challenges of partnering across sectors. This includes partnerships between the infrastructure and local private sector, and between humanitarian and preventing violent extremism actors.


Event Organizers: ​
Mercy Corps;
International Humanitarian Infrastructure Platform (IHIP);
Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF),
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Date and Time

Tue 6 November 2018
14:30 – 15:45 CET
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Maison de la Paix (TBC)
Geneva Switzerland
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