VOICE stands for "Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies". It is a network representing 85 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in humanitarian aid worldwide, who are based in 20 European countries. Unlike its members, VOICE is not operational.
The overall vision of VOICE is a collective European NGO response to humanitarian crises.
The mission of VOICE is to enhance the collective influence of the network with the EU, including its Member States, as well as to promote the humanitarian principles and the quality and effectiveness of humanitarian action.
VOICE is the main NGO interlocutor with the European Union on emergency aid and disaster risk reduction, and it promotes the values of humanitarian NGOs.
VOICE main objectives are:
PROMOTING THE HUMANITARIAN PRINCIPLES
The humanitarian principles (humanity, impartiality, independence, neutrality) are an essential tool for effective humanitarian policy and operations. Therefore VOICE promotes the relevance of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and its application. VOICE advocates for clear roles and mandates for the various actors involved in disaster response.
FOCUS ON NGOS AS KEY HUMANITARIAN ACTORS
NGOs deliver the majority of humanitarian aid in the field. VOICE advocates for a diversity of professional humanitarian NGOs and promotes their added value among EU and Member State politicians. The network supports the continuing professionalization of the sector, aiming to improve quality and accountability of aid to crisis-affected populations. VOICE members operational experience and expertise is used to shape relevant policy development.
ENABLING COLLECTIVE ACTION
VOICE builds common NGO positions through information sharing and gathering members in thematic working groups. The resulting positions are used to influence policy of EU institutions and Member States including on funding and operational practice. To improve effectiveness of its advocacy, VOICE builds alliances with other humanitarian actors e.g. the UN and the Red Cross movement. VOICE also seeks to build bridges between humanitarian aid and development by providing expertise on Disaster Risk Reduction and Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development.
For detailed information about VOICE, please see the following web pages:
The General Assembly
The Strategic Plan
The Activity Reports
The VOICE members
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