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Learning from disruption: evolution, revolution or status quo?

19 October - 21 October


Over the past 17 months, the humanitarian system has been affected by external forces which have brought about unplanned and unanticipated disruptions to humanitarian action, including:

  • Covid-19;
  • Climate change;
  • A greater range of voices challenging traditional notions of humanitarianism and how its principles and purpose relate to social justice.

This year’s ALNAP Meeting will provide a unique place for the sector to come together to identify the kinds of disruptions that are taking place.

Read the concept note here.

The list of guest speakers for the opening and closing events will include:

  • Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council and former UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator
  • Waafa Saeed Abdelatef, Acting Director, Coordination Division, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • Heba Aly, Chief Executive Officer, The New Humanitarian
  • Jeremy Konyndyk, Executive Director, COVID-19, Office of the Administrator, USAID
  • Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General, International Federation Red Cross/Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Hibak Kalfan, Executive Director, Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR)

The meeting will be structured around four key themes:

  1. Locally-led leadership during disruption: We will be hearing from national actors in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Kenya, Palestine, and the Philippines about the opportunities and challenges they face. We will also hear from ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and NEAR on the extent to which the learning and experience emerging from these contexts and others is being helped or hindered by the global and national policy environment.
  2. Disrupting the balance of power: We will be joined by The New Humanitarian and Oxfam, among others, to look at whether different forms of crisis and disruption effect change in the balance of power and accountability across the humanitarian sector.
  3. The role of digital technology in managing and leading disruption: These sessions will focus on the new opportunities and possibilities emerging over the last 18 months. They will also cover where the disruptive promise of digital technologies may have failed to deliver the revolution some were hoping for.
  4. Disruptions to humanitarian practice: We will be discussing the learning emerging from disruptions that have changed the way humanitarians work across logistics, M&E, financing, climate change and other areas.

Remember to register for the conference.


19 October
21 October
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