Bringing African Voices to Humanitarianism

AHA’s breadth of experience, as well as local knowledge and expertise has led us to play an ever increasing role in global advocacy. We regularly take part in international humanitarian meetings, workshops, and conferences; regrettably, more often than not, as the only southern based representative.

We bring an all important African voice to the otherwise northern dominated international humanitarian field. Confident that Africans have what it takes to deal with the challenges facing the continent, we advocate for:

  • Increased support and empowerment of indigenous organizations;
  • Flexible, timely, predictable, and needs based funding;
  • Genuine partnerships based on equality, transparency, complementarity, and shared-responsibility;
  • The acknowledgement and integration of African CSO’s agenda and strategy;
  • International recognition of African CSO’s value, contribution, and expertise;
  • Continued improvement in humanitarian delivery through enhanced accountability, sustainability, and use of the participatory approach; and
  • Increased capacity development for African CSOs and vulnerable populations.

The development of more equitable and mutually beneficial relations between north-south humanitarian actors can only serve to improve humanitarian assistance in Africa. Most importantly it is assisted populations who are set to gain from locally sensitive and better capable indigenous NGOs, with an emphasis on participation, sustainability, and ownership.

This is especially important in the current context, as the international humanitarian community seeks to redefine itself, in order to better serve affected populations. With this in mind, AHA hopes to lay the foundations for an African-based response system, which we believe is essential to establishing efficient relief and sustained development.

Our efforts result in close working relationships with numerous local and international partners, as well as participating in numerous global networks, forums, and workshops, including among others:

The African Union:

  • Political Affairs Department – as a member of the AU Coordinating Committee on Assistance and Protection to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, a member of the PRC Sub-Committee on Refugees and part of the 2009 African Union Special Summit Task Force
  • African Citizens Directorate – as an active member of the Steering Committee of the African Civil Society Organisations’ consultation on the AU/EU Joint Strategy
  • Peace and Security Department – working on Post-Conflict Reconstruction/Development and the African Centre for Humanitarian Action
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

The Accountability, Learning and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)

Civil Society Partnership Programme (CSPP)

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

SPHERE Project

People in Aid

International NGO Training and Research Center(INTRAC)

The Global Humanitarian Platform

Inter-Agency Standing Committee Global Health Cluster