International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

Conseil international des agences bénévoles
Consejo Internacional de Organizaciones Voluntarias

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Established by merger of: Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations Interested in Migration – Conférence des organisations non-gouvernementales intéressées aux problèmes de migration, which held its 1st Conference 10-16 Jan 1950, Geneva (Switzerland); Standing Conference of Voluntary Agencies Working for Refugees – Conférence permanente des agences bénévoles travaillant pour les réfugiés, set up 16 June 1948, Geneva; International Committee for World Refugee Year – Comité international pour l'Année mondiale du réfugié - 1959-1961. Statutes amended: 1976; 1989; 1991; 1999; 2003; 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015; 2018; 2021. Completely restructured, 1997, when mandate was reaffirmed and sharpened by members. Regional hubs set up, 2013.


Make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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