Coordination Platforms and Information Services in Humanitarian Action

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The two-parts online seminar series on “Coordination Platforms and Information Services in Humanitarian Action” aims at providing participants joining the humanitarian sector with a critical understanding of the different coordination platforms and information management systems in the sector. More specifically enhancing their understanding on the topic and applying their learning while engaging them in a critical reflexion on the opportunities, limitations, and significance of using these information services and coordination platforms.

The two webinars will be interactive, practical and provide a sound knowledge of where to find the information and understand how to use the information. Between the two webinars, an (optional) exercise provides the opportunity to deepen the acquired knowledge.


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You will learn

about the importance of humanitarian data in undertaking humanitarian action

how coordination mechanisms aim to improve humanitarian action for affected populations

how to access and analyze accurate and reliable information

how to use information to gain a better understanding of a humanitarian context and the coordination mechanisms involved

Target group

Students and graduates with the wish to work in the humanitarian sector, staff of humanitarian organisations and anyone interested in understanding more about humanitarian action and responses.


9:30 - 10:05

Information and Coordination in Humanitarian Action - An Introduction

Introduction webinar presenters and series

Presentation on the following questions

  • Why is information in humanitarian action important?
  • What kind of information is required?
  • What is their purpose?
  • What is coordination?
  • Why is coordination important in humanitarian action?
  • What information services are available?

10:05 - 10:15

Biology Break

10:15 - 10:55

The Key Information Services and Coordination Platforms

Interactive presentation outlining key sources of humanitarian data and information that are commonly used to inform planning, strategy, implementation and coordination in humanitarian contexts.

How have these sources evolved and why are they relevant?

10:55 - 11:40

From Theory to Practice: Information Management in the Humanitarian Context

Applied learning exercise, in which participants use the presented tools and links to explore what information is available on a selected humanitarian context. Participants can share their understanding with others and have the option of dividing the task if in small groups.

11:40 - 11:50

Biology Break

11:50 - 12:20

Reflection and Debriefing

Participants discuss their experience of the exercise, reflecting on questions such as the following:

  • What was your process to look for the information?
  • What other information did you find interesting?
  • What else was available that you think could have been useful?
  • What parameters did you decide on to assist you to decide what was useful information?
  • What have you added to your understanding of the humanitarian context and action?

12:20 - 12:30


Introuction of optional learning and practice exercise between webinars

Sophie Perreard


Sophie Perreard is a pracademic with over 13 years of humanitarian experience, both in the field and at headquarters and over 8 years of academic teaching and research in France and Australia. Sophie was Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies and Course Director of the Francophone Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership based at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Sophie worked for various NGOs mainly in emergency and post emergency contexts in Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and the Middle East. Sophie held various leadership, senior management and protection roles.

Dr Phil Connors


Dr Phil Connors holds a PhD in Community Economic Development and has more than 30 years of experience in practice, academic teaching and researching community participation, management, leadership and capacity strengthening across humanitarian and development contexts. With his pracademic experience and expertise Phil has recently undertaken consultancies with UNOCHA, Trócaire Rwanda and ASEAN AHA Coordination Centre.

Previously Phil was Associate Professor of Humanitarian Leadership at Deakin University and Director of the Center for Humanitarian Leadership. Phil was course Director of the Master of Humanitarian Assistance and Course Leader of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters. Phil was founder and Course Director of the Post Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership.

Elevate Coaching and Leadership


Elevate Coaching and Leadership was founded by Sophie and Phil in 2021 as a profit for purpose company providing coaching and leadership support for organisations. Currently Elevate is partnering with UNICEF EMOPS in the co-design and delivery of the Humanitarian Leadership Workshops (HLW Complex & High Threat Environments and HLW Emergency) for humanitarian staff in UNICEF.

24.8.2022 - 07.9.2022

6 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.