The International Donor Landscape in Humanitarian Action

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The international donor landscape has changed considerably in recent years and new actors have gained importance. Therefore, this training will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the international donor landscape in humanitarian action as well as the related trends and developments. You will get to know donors from different areas, for example from the cosmos of the United Nations or the institutions of the European Union. "Non-traditional" donors such as companies or foundations are also considered. You will also learn about the structural challenges that the humanitarian (funding) system as a whole faces.

The training is planned as a three-day online workshop on 17, 21 and 24 September 2021. One additional day will be required for offline group exercises. This training is eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action".

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You will learn

how the international donor landscape in humanitarian action is structured and has changed in recent years

how to describe the different typologies of funds, whether traditional or non-traditional, and their characteristics

how to apply appropriate methods and tools to build an efficient funding strategy for a specific project

how to apply donor’s mapping, profiling and tracking processes to identify and follow-up on public sources of funding

how the main success factors of a winning project proposal can be described and how to implement relevant methodology to elaborate a concept note

which key elements to establish a successful relationship with the donors can be identified

Target group

Students and graduates of relevant disciplines, newcomers and career changers, staff of humanitarian NGOs with previous experience in humanitarian action and/or project management


9:30 - 13:00

Block 1

  • International donor landscape
  • Challenges in the humanitarian sector (localization, Triple Nexus, multi-years programs)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 17:30

Block 2

  • Challenges in the humanitarian sector (Grand Bargain 2.0)
  • How to find a donor
    Introduction of group exercise: "donor identity" sheets



Bioforce is an International Humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization founded in 1983 by Dr Charles Mérieux in Lyon, France. For over 30 years, Bioforce has been committed to capacity building in the humanitarian sector with the firm belief that the quality of humanitarian aid delivered to vulnerable populations depends greatly on the capacity of the organizations and individuals involved. Bioforce has trained tens of thousands of humanitarian professionals, many of whom are the leaders in the sector today, and is a global reference for humanitarian learning opportunities and solutions on three distinct levels:

  • Individuals: We create, develop, and build the capacity of people dedicated to humanitarian action by tailoring our programs to suit different profiles.
  • Organizations: We support local, national and international organizations responding to humanitarian crises to develop their tools, management systems, and staff.
  • Sector: We develop and strengthen the humanitarian sector at large - defined as a community of professionals in its own right with specific norms, guidelines, systems, and institutions.

Irène Sesmaisons


Irène Sesmaisons has been an associate trainer of Bioforce since 2017. She is a trainer and process facilitator in the fields of project management, funding and management of people and organizations.  With a master's degree in economics, Irene has been working for non-governmental organizations in the humanitarian sector for 20 years. Based in Dakar since 2015, she has been the director of Efiscens, a consulting firm dedicated to improving the effectiveness of sustainable development actions in French-speaking Africa - capacity building, structuring assistance, and event organization. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Asedeme, the International Council of SOS Sahel, the Expert Committee of the Fondation Ensemble and the Project Committee of the Seed Foundation.

17.9.2021 - 24.9.2021

24 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
This training is organized by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.