About Us

Who We Are

The IAWG is a leading regional forum for networking, technical information sharing and coordination. Sub/working groups have formed to cover various subjects including those which are active today– humanitarian human resources, inclusion, disaster risk reduction and climate change, policy and advocacy, quality and accountability, safety and security, logistics, regional humanitarian partnership team and the information, communications and technology (ICT) working groups.

Our Mission

Convening, networking and challenging the aid community in East and Central Africa to support effective delivery of sustainable solutions that positively impact individuals and communities across the region.

Our Vision

An active regional network which promotes effective humanitarian and development outcomes in complex environments across East and Central Africa.

Strategic Goals

Voice and action

The IAWG is a recognized voice on issues related to humanitarian and development (H&D) context, challenging members and others to improve the overall Humanitarian and Development system in the region.

Quality and accountability

IAWG members demonstrate high standards of professionalism and respect, and actively contribute to the development and dissemination of best practices.

Networking and collaboration

The IAWG is a relevant and up to date source of information and connection for regional actors.


Membership is open to all not for profit International voluntary agencies or non-governmental organizations (INGOs), with a regional presence (operating in more than one country) involved in humanitarian and development work in the wider East and Central Africa Region.

Full membership

Any eligible organization shall become a member of the IAWG on payment of the appropriate annual membership fee, the amount of which shall be determined annually by the Core Group.

Observer status

A not for profit voluntary agency that wishes to participate in the IAWG network but which, because of constitutional constraints or reasons of principle, cannot be associated with the views and/or positions adopted by IAWG, may apply for Observer status..


The IAWG is financed through annual membership fees paid by organizations and also by income generated from IAWG sponsored events. These sources of income allow the IAWG to maintain a secretariat which is critical in order to effectively organize coordination meetings, deliver trainings and other IAWG sub and thematic group activities and/or events.


Core Group/Steering Committee

The Core Group is a strategic body that makes decisions on policy issues. The Core Group serves to support the General Assembly, serves as a coordination body for all the sub-working groups and makes decisions for the sub-groups when called upon by the specific group’s leadership or membership. Sub-working groups operate on the basis of annual work plans which detail their key objectives as a group.

The Core Group is composed of:
 IAWG Co-Chairs
 Treasurer of the IAWG / Host Representative
 Representative from UNOCHA
 Co-Chairs from each of the sub / working groups

The Core Group is the decision making body for IAWG and meets on a regular basis (every 2-3 month).
Any representative of an IAWG member organization is entitled to attend and participate in Core Group meetings on request to the Coordinator.

Executive Committee (EC)

The IAWG leadership (Executive Committee) comprises of:
 IAWG Co-Chairs
 Treasurer (representing the agency hosting the Secretariat)

The Executive Committee is responsible for performance management of the Coordinator and approval of IAWG funds.

Core group/Steering committee Co-Chairs

The IAWG Co-Chairs shall have overall responsibility for the affairs of the IAWG.Co-Chairs are nominated by the membership of the IAWG and serve a term of two years, with one co-chair ideally changing each year. Where possible, one Co-Chair should be a Regional Director.

Specific responsibilities include:
 Organizing and chairing all meetings of the Core Group
 Membership of the Executive Committee and management of the IAWG Coordinator
 Acting as a liaison between the IAWG and OCHA
 Authorizing requests for funding
 Providing general support to sub-groups when required
 Representing IAWG interests to the wider humanitarian community

Sub Working Groups Co-Chairs

Chairs are nominated by the membership of each group and serve a term of two years with one co-chair ideally changing each year to allow for smooth handover.

Specific responsibilities for chairs include:
 Convening sub-group meetings and providing leadership to the overall sub-group
 Leading the annual process of defining sub-group work plans and budgets
 Leading the organization of sub-group special events in collaboration with the Coordinator
 Regular participation in Core Group meetings


The Treasurer manages the overall financial affairs of the IAWG, in consultation with the Core Group and ensures that good practice is maintained.

Specific responsibilities include:
 Maintaining the financial records of the IAWG
 Preparing the annual budget
 Presenting quarterly finance reports and the end of year accounts
 Signing and administering all contracts on behalf of the IAWG


The Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operational activities of the IAWG and management of the Secretariat.

Amongst other duties the Coordinator has a responsibility for:
 Representation and coordination
 Outreach and profile raising
 Organising events and activities for members and in support of IAWG and working group priorities
 Core administrative management responsibilities for the IAWG Secretariat

The Coordinator reports to the Co-Chairs of the IAWG with a dotted line to their manager within the host agency (if not the same).
Each year the Coordinator will develop a performance plan which will document the objectives that they intend to achieve in a given year. The performance plan will be in line with the performance management systems applied by the agency hosting the Secretariat.
In the event of poor performance resulting in the need for action, issues will be managed according to the systems in the host agency (e.g. performance improvement plan, disciplinary action etc.). The host agency will keep the Co-Chairs fully informed of any action.


Hosting of the Secretariat sits with the same organisation that has responsibility for the treasury function. This is intended to support financial transactions and management and it is advised that the two roles are held concurrently.
For 2015-17 this function is provided by Danish Refugee Council East Africa and Yemen Office. The Secretariat comprises the IAWG Coordinator, interns and temporary staff supporting activities and a partial Finance and Admin Officer. The agency hosting the Secretariat will agree staff contracts and apply their terms and conditions of employment to the staff of the Secretariat.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is made up of all individuals working with agencies which have paid their membership fees. In this respect, all staff from IAWG member organizations are entitled to participate in and contribute to the membership of the sub-working groups and to participate in IAWG events.
The General Assembly meets annually at the AGM.

Annual General Meetings (AGM)

This is a meeting held by IAWG every year for the members of the IAWG. All the AGM meetings are chaired by the co-chairs or a delegate of their choice. The AGM is the ultimate decision making forum for the IAWG.

The functions of the AGM include:
 Election of IAWG officials
 Look at the audited finance report of IAWG
 Organising events and activities for members and in support of IAWG and working group priorities
 Advice on the way forward for the IAWG by suggesting new ways of working in the current year

It is during the AGM that member organizations get to look at the activities of IAWG in the past year and advise on the way forward.
Every paid up member of the IAWG is free to attend the AGM where all members vote equally with each paid-up member organisation having one decision making vote.

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Membership is open to all not for profit International voluntary agencies or non-governmental organizations (INGOs), with a regional presence (operating in more than one country) involved in humanitarian and development work in the wider East and Central Africa region.

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