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Start Talks: The New Humanitarian Economy

Crises today and in future will demand humanitarian response involving many more people and organisations. New business models are needed to enable response to take place faster and before crises hit to minimise their impact. A new economy therefore is needed for humanitarian response to mobilise new forms of capital and participation.

We need to do things differently, and work together in new ways.

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Start Talks: The New Humanitarian Economy will challenge traditional thinking about humanitarian actors, and draw new participants into a conversation about rising to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Over two hours, the audience will hear a series of thought provoking talks and be able to interact with each other and the speakers. A drinks reception will follow for further discussion and networking.

Speakers include:

  • Rowan Douglas, CEO Capital, Science and Policy Practice | Willis Group
  • Jerry Skees, President | GlobalAgRisk
  • Tara Nathan, Executive Director, Public Private Partnerships | Mastercard
  • Mohamed Beavogui, Director General | African Risk Capacity
  • Sara Almer, Coordinator | CaLP
  • Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director |
  • Vinay Gupta, Coordinator | Ethereum
  • Lars Peter Nissen, Director | ACAPS
  • Juan Sáenz, Director | Humanitarian Productions
  • Sean Lowrie, Director | Start Network

Speakers will discuss three elements of a new humanitarian economy: preventative, relational, and responsive.

A preventative economy will involve making investments to reduce and manage risk, and would draw on evidence and science to de-politicize the allocation of resources in response to escalating risks.

A relational economy would enable the participation of part-time humanitarians in the response to crises through the creation of a marketplace where commercial firms can connect with professional humanitarians.

A responsive economy is essentially that which exists today, although innovations in aggregation and transparency will transform the legitimacy and resource flows amongst full time humanitarian actors.

Start Talks is the latest iteration of a series of public events convened by the Start Network about the future of international humanitarian action.

The event will be on the first day of a week known as Start for Change, which also includes governance meetings, workshops, and the Start Network Annual Conference.

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