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The future of humanitarian resilience


22 November 2017





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This is an open day for all humanitarian and development stakeholders to listen, learn and utilise, learnings and tools from a wide selection of agencies.

Who is it for?

This day is open to all practitioners and relevant stakeholders in the humanitarian sector. If you are interested in any of the topics listed, please do attend.

What will be discussed?


0900 - 0930

Introductions and opening session

0930 – 1030

Plenary 1: What will the Humanitarian Sector look like in 2030

Guest speakers from academia, the Start Network, INGO’s and National NGO’s on what the humanitarian sector will look like in 2030. Presenting topics on what is the future of the humanitarian sector, future crises, what makes a resilient community, and how local organisations will play a future role.

1030 - 1100


1100 – 1230

Session 1: Integrated Community Led Response

How can community led response be the answer to localisation and bridge the humanitarian-development divide.

Panel discussions will be held between the DEPP LPRR project, Christian Aid, Article25, ICRC, KCL and Church of Sweden.

Session 2: Creating a common humanitarian standard

An open discussion for all participants about common humanitarian standards in the sector.

The DEPP Talent Development project, Core Humanitarian Standards and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy will be presenting their findings on a common approach.

Session 3: Preparing for Emergencies

We all know that capturing and sharing the learning that programmes generate is important for future programming and the wider sector. But although we have mechanisms and processes in place to do that, they don’t always work exactly as planned. Join us to share your own challenges and success stories around knowledge management and learning, hear from others, and compile a set of recommendations together.


Session 4: Making Humanitarian Responses More Inclusive

How do we ensure no one is left behind when building more inclusive humanitarian resilience? Do we really understand and have the know-how to answer these questions and what does this means in practice?

These questions and more will be answered through an interactive session led by ADCAP, DeafKidz, Sense International, RNIB, Handicap International and Carers Worldwide

12:30 – 13:30


1330 – 1500

Plenary 2: Resilience & protracted crises

The majority of people affected by crises, are in a conflict affected fragile state. This panel discussion will look at lessons and research presented from Saferworld, and Oxfam, Relief International and local NGOs working in fragile contexts.

1500 - 1530


1530 – 1700

Session 5: Working with Local Partners

Is the current model of working with local partners working? How do we need to improve this relationship.

Advice and round table discussion will be led by National Humanitarian Network Pakistan, Peace Direct, ICVA and the lead of a 7 consortium network of local agencies in Philippines.

Session 6: Future Humanitarian Funding Models

With a changing humanitarian economy, the current model of funding will not be suitable for the future. This session will look at how anticipatory, flexible and pooled funding will develop a more efficient response.

This will be led by experts in anticipatory funding, humanitarian blockchain and global risk financing.

Session 7: ‘News you can use’: how do you engage communities on critical issues in the aftermaths of a disaster?

An interactive session with CDAC Network resources developed on the DEPP, including: how to use emergency message libraries, media landscape guides, and rapid assessment tools; guidelines on using radio and volunteer networks to communicate with communities; designing programmes using a CwC marker; addressing rumours through a collective approach, and more!

Session 8: Data Transparency in the Humanitarian Sector

How is the humanitarian sector going to adopt digital platforms, and how will these be transparent and open? The Alert project along with HelpAge will be seeking consultations and solutions about how to do this in the future and discussing what the mutual code of conduct will be.

1700 - 1730

Closing Remarks and thankyous

Where can I find more information?

For further information please download the full agenda here 

Read more about the Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme by clicking here.

The full details of Humanitarian resilience week can be found here.

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