About us

Catalysts for change.

H2H Network is driving change across the humanitarian system, getting more to people in need, by coordinating and convening humanitarian-to-humanitarian support and services.

We believe it’s time to do things differently. Protracted crises, climate change, urban need and fragility are the new normal. The existing humanitarian system simply wasn’t built to cope.

We envisage a new humanitarian action. We want to see a system capable of meeting today’s challenges, preparing for and developing resilience to those on the horizon. People affected by conflict and disaster want and need us to do better.

Our mission is to enable and catalyze change in the wider humanitarian system, driving efficiency, accountability and impact. We support, strengthen and – where necessary – challenge major players and traditional ways of working.

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What we do

The H2H Network brings together high-quality, independent humanitarian service providers. Members’ specializations fall into four categories: Data and information management; community engagement and accountability; security, logistics and programme support; and quality and sector professionalization. All bring cross-cutting technical expertise in service of the broader humanitarian sector. All are ready to adapt and collaborate in new ways when faced with humanitarian crises that are more frequent, more complex, and affect more people. Learn more >

The H2H Fund is a new way of financing humanitarian action, aiming to disburse funds quickly and kick-start recovery. It is available to network members. When the network funds a package of services for a humanitarian response, they are open source and available to all. Learn more >

Experience and evidence tell us that this new approach has the potential to support the shift to locally led responses, to improve quality, reduce duplication and drive innovation by introducing new options and perspectives.

Humanitarian services

  • Data and information management

  • Community engagement and accountability

  • Quality and sector professionalization

  • Security, logistics and programme support

History of the network

The H2H Network developed in 2016 as a concept and a place for independent and typically small humanitarian service providers to discuss common challenges and solutions. It officially launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and grew over the next three years, increasing the membership and convening regularly. The network’s first coordinated technical service package was deployed in the Caribbean in 2017, in support of the humanitarian response to hurricane Irma. In 2019, a core team was established to professionalize the network structure, administer the network’s new fund for members, and develop tools and services for members.

Core team

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    Helen Kearney

    Head of Network Development

    Helen oversees network development, communications and services for H2H Network members. Helen holds master’s degrees in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Languages/ Political Science. She has 15 years’ experience on four continents, primarily in child protection and gender equality, and has worked for several international NGOs and UN agencies. After hours, Helen loves trail running and skiing in the Alps.

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    Alice Darcq

    Finance and Operations Coordinator

    Alice leads the network's financial strategy and supports the grant-making process under the H2H Fund. Alice has an 11-year background in finance and compliance, including seven years in the humanitarian sector, mostly with Solidarités International, in the field and at HQ in France. Based in Annecy, she is always on the hunt for a new fondue recipe!

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    Kseniya Pavlovich

    DRC H2H Focal Point Officer (Risk and Compliance)

    Kseniya ensures network compliance with DFID and DRC policies and protocols. Before joining the H2H network, Kseniya worked in an international development consultancy, in NGOs supporting and managing diverse donor-funded projects, and as a trainee at the European Parliament in Brussels. Kseniya holds a MA in International Relations and an LLM in International Law and Human Rights. After hours, Kseniya follows the work of the International Space Station and developments in space exploration.

Governance board

The H2H Network board provides strategic leadership to advance the mission, values, strategies, goals, priorities, and policies of the network.

  • Heba Aly

    Director, The New Humanitarian; Chair of the board
  • Monica Blagescu

    Independent consultant; Deputy Chair of the board
  • Ian Davis

    Fundraising and Marketing Director, Map Action
  • Dany Egreteau

    Director, Atlas Logistique
  • Nick van Praag

    Executive Director and Founder, Ground Truth Solutions
  • Volker Hüls

    Head of Division for Effectiveness, Knowledge and Learning, Danish Refugee Council


  • Fund activations


    H2H Fund activations for humanitarian response

  • Collaboration


    Percentage of members who report collaborating with other members

  • Funds spent


    Funds spent to date

  • Network


    network members


The H2H Network and the H2H Fund are supported by UK aid from the UK government and hosted by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).