The Future of Humanitarian Response
Co-hosted by the Humanitarian Coalition and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and supported by the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and Aid.
The ongoing Syrian conflict and refugee crisis has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in the 21st
century. With more than 2 million refugees and millions more displaced, detained, or killed, the conflict has pushed the global humanitarian system to the limits of its capacity. Is this the future of humanitarian response? With greater frequency, humanitarian workers are required to work in situations of complex emergencies, defined by internal conflicts and political instability. The responses often last for months, exhausting resources and blurring the lines between humanitarian and development assistance. In such contexts, humanitarian operations increasingly require innovative programs and technologies to reach more people, in more complex contexts, in the most cost-efficient ways, while remaining accountable and effective in their mandate.
A panel of Canada’s leading experts on humanitarian response will discuss these issues and share their insights about Canada’s contribution to the future of humanitarian response.When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Where: IDRC, W. David Hopper Room, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ONPanelists:
- Francois Audet – Director, Observatoire canadien sur les crises et l'aide humanitaires (OCCAH)
- Stephen Cornish – Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders
- Denise Byrnes – CEO Oxfam-Québec
The discussion will be moderated by David Common, host of CBC Radio’s World Report and Correspondent with CBC News.
This event is free but seating is limited so please register.
French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.
Read the speakers' biographies.
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