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Operationalising AAP in the Humanitarian and Development Contexts: Lessons Learnt from Irish and Polish NGOs


CSSG webinar April 2021

When: April 9, 2021. 2-3:30pm Dublin time (9am Washington time, 3pm Warsaw time)

Registration: Register online here

The Civil Society Study Group invites you to a webinar on 'Operationalising AAP in the Humanitarian and Development Contexts: Lessons Learnt from Irish and Polish NGOs'.


Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) has become an integral part of the work that humanitarian and development agencies carry out in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people. Yet, AAP on paper and AAP in practice can be two different things, and operationalising the approach has proved to be challenging.

This webinar would bring together practitioners and academics in AAP in humanitarian and development contexts to share their approaches, successes, challenges, and innovations with their peers. Representatives of GOAL Global, the Polish Medical Mission and the Polish Humanitarian Action will share their hands-on- experience and lessons learnt from their field work in Iraq, Jordan, South Sudan (PMM), NW Syria, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia (GOAL), Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Kenya and Lebanon (PAH). 



2:00 pm: Welcome by Galia Chimiak, Convenor, DSAI Civil Society Study Group

2:05 – 2:20 pm: Philip C. Farrell (GOAL Global /GOAL USA Fund): GOAL: Operationalising AAP in both Humanitarian and Development Contexts

2:20 – 2:35 pm: Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart (Polska Misja Medyczna/Polish Medical Mission): Polish Medical Mission's accountability measures to affected people - lessons learned

2:35 – 2:50 pm: Liliia Ivashchenko (Polska Akcja Humanitarna/Polish Humanitarian Action): Putting people in the core of humanitarian action: lessons-learnt on AAP  from PAH operations

2:50 – 3:05 pm: Dr Susan P. Murphy (Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin): rapporteur

3:05 – 3:30 pm: Discussion


The speakers:

Philip FarrellPhilip C. Farrell serves as GOAL’s Global Accountability Advisor currently based in Washington. A former primary school teacher, Philip has been with GOAL since 2016, working across MEAL and Compliance departments, acting as Accountability Coordinator for the agency’s Syria response, overseeing inter alia serious complaints investigations. Prior to joining GOAL, Philip worked with the Post-Conflict Research Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the American Red Cross.

MalgorzataMałgorzata Olasińska-Chart is the Head of the Humanitarian Aid Programme of the Polish Medical Mission. A Social Sciences graduate from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, she has been actively involved in the NGO humanitarian and development aid sector for 17 years, including working with repatriates and immigrants in Poland amd  and engagement in missions in Cuba, Argentina, South Sudan, Ukraine and Iraqi Kurdistan. She is currently responsible for humanitarian aid in Syria, Venezuela and Colombia.

LiliiaLiliia Ivashchenko is the Global Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager in Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH). Being currently based in Ukraine, Liliia frequently visits countries where PAH has established full-scale Missions (Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq) or implements projects in partnerships with local or international NGOs (Kenya and Lebanon). She is responsible for managing and capacity building of MEAL teams across the Missions. Liliia has 5 years of hands-on experience in MEAL and is passionate about accountable humanitarian action and believes community engagement and participation are key to achieving this.   

Susan P MurphyDr Susan P. Murphy is a Lecturer in Development Practice at the School of Natural Sciences, Geography with Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin. Her research centres on the ethics and practice of sustainable development in a rapidly changing world, especially issues related to global and climate justice, human rights, gender justice and social inclusion. She practices Engaged Research by working with practitioners and policy makers. Dr Murphy has managed the design and delivery of 200+ international research projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and over 100+ research projects with International Development NGOs in Ireland. She is a Chair of the Oxfam International Governance Reform Group, a member of the Board of Supervisors Oxfam International, and a Chair of Oxfam Ireland.

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