On offices under construction

Greetings from my little corner from inside the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget)! With thanks for all of the assistance in digging out old Swedish records despite considerable construction.



On back to the stacks

I spent 7-10 March back in Geneva, visiting the archives at IOM, IFRC, and the UNOG:

With thanks to the three offices for my visits!

On UNHCR + NGO dialogue

Stumbled across the Final Report on the 2015 UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations, posted by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies.

Of further note (archives!) — ICVA’s work on forced displacement:


Forced displacement was ICVA’s first focus area in 1962 and remains highly relevant today as the ICVA network responds to the overwhelming number of displaced persons.  In line with the 2015-2018 Strategy, ICVA promotes improved protection, assistance and durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless persons and vulnerable migrants

The focus is on the three key areas:

  1. Support collective NGO advocacy
  2. Improve institutional engagement between NGOs and organisations such as UNHCR
  3. Influence practice on the ground