The Role of Diaspora in Humanitarian Response

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This event comes at a critical time when the international humanitarian system is facing an unprecedented number of crises, compelling the humanitarian community to come up with new and innovative ways to meet the growing needs of affected populations around the world.

At the same time, calls to engage the diaspora in humanitarian action are grounded in this shifting humanitarian context, where humanitarians are looking to involve a multitude of stakeholders for a more sustainable and effective response.

Given that diasporas are already involved in humanitarian relief and post crisis recovery, this event will look at the key questions to be considered in order to best engage the humanitarian community and diaspora groups to improve joint humanitarian responses, such as on humanitarian principles, types of crises, and perceptions of local communities and governments. This event, which will help feed into the World Humanitarian Summit, will also critically examine both the potential positive and negative aspects of diaspora engagement in humanitarian response.

Please see the invitation here, the background paper here and the agenda here.

You can view some of the presentations made at the event here:

Dr. Francis Kateh, National Deputy Incident Manager, Ebola Response, Liberia

Mr. Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Africa Foundation for Development (AFFORD) Remarks | Presentation

Ms. Marie-­‐Jose Montrose, Executive Director, Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group

Event Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 10:00 to 18:00
Location: Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York