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Grand Bargain Conference2021-05-25T10:04:45+02:00

Grand Bargain Conference

Date: 11.05.2021 - 12.05.2021
Time: all-day
Location: online

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Detailed agenda of the conference further below.

The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) cordially invites you to its annual conference 

Five years Grand Bargain –

time to restart humanitarian reform?   

taking place on 11-12 May 2021. 

We have invited a wide range of practitioners, researchers and experts to discuss the five-years anniversary of the first World Humanitarian Summit and the agreed Grand Bargain, which was planned as a key initiative to substantially reform humanitarian action. Now that its five-years timeframe is coming to an end, CHA reflects in its conference on what has been achieved and what is yet to be done. In a series of virtual discussion formats, we are going to explore these questions while focusing on key areas and commitments made through the Grand Bargain and its potential future. These include: 
  • humanitarian reform and the need for a restart  
  • localisation and the new role of INGOs and intermediaries in locally led humanitarian action  
  • humanitarian funding and the role of donors and organisations as both drivers and inhibitors of reform. 
Among our confirmed speakers are:  
  • Ahmed Ibrahim Abdi – Arid Lands Development Focus Kenya 
  • Farida Tchaitchian Bena – International Rescue Committee  
  • Sema Genel Karaosmanoğlu – Support to Life Turkey 
  • Kristoffer Lidén – Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies  
  • Sorcha O’Callaghan – Humanitarian Policy Group 
  • Smruti Patel – Global Mentoring Initiative  
  • Sajid Raihan – START Fund Bangladesh 
  • Sibylle Katharina Sorg – German Federal Foreign Office  
  • Claus Sørensen – prev. DG ECHO 
  • Nkese Maria Udongwo  Caritas Nigeria  


You can download the detailed conference agenda including abstracts of all sessions and short bios of all speakers (as PDF here). Conference overview of the two days:
Grand Bargain Conference Agenda

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Feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues, partner organisations and other interested stakeholders.  We are looking forward to welcoming you at our online conference!