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CHA @SDG-Conference

Date: 05.10.2020
Time: 09:00 - 21:30
Location: Online und im BUFA
Oberlandstraße 26-35
12099 Berlin
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On 5 October 2020, Action Contre la Faim (ACF) organises a SDG-Conference as part of the Human Rights Film Forum.

In the frame of the SDG-Conference, the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) is actively contributing with the facilitation of a panel discussion, two breakout-sessions and the screening of the movie “Selfish” (also known under its French title “EGOÏSTE“).


Screening of Selfish and film talk

Selfish movie poster

War, emergencies, pandemics or famine: all over the world, men and women involved in humanitarian work are used to the most extreme and challenging missions. On the other hand, very few humanitarian workers venture into the more intimate terrain. 40 men and women working in the field and their loved ones have accepted to speak freely about the risks and commitments involved, about their first experiences, but also about helplessness, relationships, passion, homecoming and the unspeakable.

The screening starts at 19:30 CEST in Studio 2 of the BUFA. After the screening, CHA research fellow Andrea Steinke will facilitate the film talk with Médecins Sans Frontières, Action Contre la Faim, Norwegian Refugee Council & Save the Children to talk about the humanitarian self-perceptions and identities depicted in the movie.

For purchasing a movie ticket and more information about the screening please visit the event website.


Workshop: Building and Breaking Trust – Ebola and Covid-19

Why are humanitarian health interventions to contain infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Ebola sometimes met with scepticism or resistance by the local population? Mistrust in governments and international aid workers as well as misinformation and conspiracies were identified as a reason for opposition. To rebuild trust, health workers engaged in community-driven responses and by strengthening the role of local actors. The session deals with reflections and key learnings from community engagement and a renewed focus on water and sanitation for all (SDG 6) in times of a global pandemic.

From 16:30 – 17:30 CEST CHA Research Fellow Sonja Hövelmann will facilitate the Breakout-Session on “Building and Breaking Trust during and because of Ebola and Covid-19”. Pleace note that this session will only take place online. Speakers are:


SDG 2 – Panel discusssion: Averting Hunger Pandemics – Now and in the Future

Covid-19 exposes inequalities in access to resources and basic services, underscores human rights challenges and adds on humanitarian and development needs. Even before, the world was not on track to achieve SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” by 2030. We have to avert that the current pandemic also becomes a hunger pandemic.  The pandemic entails short- and long-term consequences and fosters the debate around improved coordination between humanitarian and development approaches (Double Nexus). How can we, as an International Community, plan, invest and respond more flexibly to external shocks now and in the future?

From 14:15 – 15:15 CEST CHA Director Ralf Südhoff discusses together with Jennifer Ankrom Khan (ACF Pakistan) and Adan Yusuf Mahdi (Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland) how to “Avert Hunger Pandemics – Now and in the Future” which will take place as a hybrid panel – in presence in Studio 2 of the BUFA and live-streamed onto Zoom/YouTube.


Workshop: Human Security in Sahel beyond Securitisation 

The Sahel region is experiencing increasing levels of food insecurity, a displacement crisis, jihadist violence and civil unrest, most recently culminating in the Malian coup d’état. The breakout session will illustrate challenges to realizing SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and safeguarding human security in the Sahel, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as well as address potential trade-offs between a variety of actors involved in principled humanitarian assistance, long-term development goals, peace and stabilization initiatives.

From 10:00 – 11:00 CEST CHA Research Fellow Andrea Steinke will facilitate the Breakout-Session on “Human Security in Sahel beyond Securitisation”. Pleace note that this session will only take place online. Speakers are:

  • Tidiane Fall – Action Against Hunger Niger
  • Anna Schmauder – Clingendael Institute, Conflict Research Unit
  • Benoit Collin – European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)


For purchasing a conference ticket and for the full programme overview please visit the official conference webpage.

The SDG-conference is part of the Human Rights Film Forum at this year’s Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (HRFFB). Further information on the Forum and the Festival can be found on the official webpage. The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) is honoured to be an official partner of the Human Rights Film Forum.

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