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Development talks

Humanitarian response under pressure

Uppdaterad: 19 oktober 2015

When: Friday, 6 November, 2015
Time: 09.00 – 11.30 (Registration and coffee from 08.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Oasen)

In 2015, 82 million people in 37 countries are in need of humanitarian assistance. Never before have humanitarian needs been larger, pushing the humanitarian system to its limits - operationally and financially.

The aim of this Development Talks is to describe and discuss challenges to providing humanitarian support as needs are quickly growing. We will look at two major hinders for humanitarian responses: Operational challenges and lack of financing. How can we best support humanitarian assistance? In spite of the many challenges, we will also explore what works best when it comes to providing effective humanitarian support that reaches out rapidly and to many people.

The event is free of charge.

Moderator: Peter Lundberg, Head of Humanitarian unit, Sida


08.30 Registration and Coffee

09.00 Introduction
Ms Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida

09.10 Operational challenges to an efficient humanitarian assistance
A number of major challenges makes it hard to reach out to affected populations. In humanitarian operations today the Lack of Respect for International Humanitarian Law is more acute than ever.
Yves Daccord, Director General ICRC
Yasmine Sherif, Director IHL Resource Center Diakonia, Palestine

09.45 Financial deficiencies
35 per cent of humanitarian funding today goes to projects outside the UN coordinated humanitarian appeals. Could donors be motivated to increase their funding to these coordinated appeals in order to support cohesiveness and financial efficiency?
The discussion will further explore ways of making humanitarian response more cost effective and more efficient at the same time, with a particular focus on the Syria Response.  

Per Örnéus, Humanitarian Ambassador, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Raul Rosende, United Nations, Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Syria Response

Carsten Hansen Regional Director Syria Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

10.15 Panel discussion, including questions from the audience
Reflections on humanitarian assistance from a chronic forgotten crises perspective. Discussion on challenges, possible solutions and common denominators for an effective humanitarian assistance, including questions from the audience.
All presenters will join the Panel together with the Director of the humanitarian NGO consortium ICVA, Nan Buzard.

11.15 Sweden’s response to the current humanitarian situation
Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary Sweden, interviewed by Ewa Werner Dahlin, Assistant Director General, Sida

11.30 End

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