The Leading Edge Programme (LEP)
The Leading Edge Programme, launched in February 2017 and replacing the Consultative Group for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CG), is a year-round collaborative platform for humanitarian expert networks and partnerships with the aim of developing sustainable solutions to recurring, cross-cutting issues in emergency preparedness and response. The LEP acts as a global community of practice and offers a unique space for inter-network collaboration by bringing together a wide range of stakeholders united by common goals to improve effectiveness in crisis preparedness and response. The LEP is governed by a Strategic Group comprising champions of its networks and partnerships. The LEP Strategic Group is co-chaired by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and OCHA. OCHA acts as the LEP secretariat. The LEP’s annual event is the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), held in Geneva since 2015.
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW)
The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) is the annual event of the LEP and the largest event of its kind. Every year, the HNPW brings together more than 2000 experts in crisis preparedness and response from over 350 organizations and countries. Well-established Networks and Partnerships, such as INSARAG or UNDAC, but also newly created networks hold their annual meetings and consultations at the HNPW and collaborate in identifying solutions and solving common challenges in crisis preparedness and response. The event offers a space where LEP stakeholders meet annually to take stock, become inspired and build new coalitions.