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Symposium: Humanitarian Assistance in a Changing World2019-05-27T15:55:12+02:00

Symposium: Humanitarian Assistance in a Changing World

Date: 04.04.2019
Time: 14:30 - 18:00
Location: Auswärtiges Amt, Europasaal
Unterwasserstr. 10
10117 Berlin
Material: invitation-to-symposium-on-4-april-2019.pdf
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The German Federal Foreign Office, the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA), Berlin, and the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP), London, have the pleasure to invite you to the symposium

Humanitarian Assistance in a Changing World – Global Developments and the Challenge of Humanitarian Access

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 14:30 – 18:00

German Federal Foreign Office, Europasaal.

Worldwide, the number of people affected by conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics is on the rise. The increasing length and depth of humanitarian crises have stretched the capacity of humanitarian actors and the international humanitarian system to respond effectively and the gap between needs and the resources available to meet those needs remains wide. The safety of humanitarian staff, and the ability of humanitarian agencies to access affected people in conflict situations, continues to be a cause for grave concern.

At the same time, the international humanitarian system is in transition and has developed further in the last years.  Initiatives such as the World Humanitarian Summit and the Grand Bargain were set up to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance; topics such as innovation and localization in humanitarian assistance are becoming increasingly important.

ALNAP’s latest State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) report covers the period 2015-2017, a period during which there has been a shift in the geo-political landscape away from multilateralism and a rules-based order. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the performance of the global humanitarian system and includes a description of the problems around access and the protection of vulnerable people.

The current situation presents great challenges for humanitarian assistance. The German Federal Foreign Office has reviewed its strategy on humanitarian assistance abroad and is publishing a new version for the years 2019 – 2023. The new strategy explains, how and in which focal areas the German Federal Foreign Office will work within the international humanitarian system as one of its most important actors.

During this symposium, the latest SOHS report and the new strategy of the German Federal Foreign Office on humanitarian assistance abroad will be presented. Both documents and current challenges for humanitarian assistance – with a focus on the topic of humanitarian access – will be debated in high-level panel discussions.


Please register through S08-S@diplo.de by 29 March 2019. In your registration, please mention, if you would like to attend one or both of the events, and your name, organization and email address.


Part I: Presentation and discussion of the SOHS 2018 Report

Presentation: John Mitchell, Director ALNAP

Panel discussion: Paul Knox-Clarke, Head of Research ALNAP; Kathy Relleen Evans, NRC; Dr. Thomas Zahneisen, Director for Humanitarian Assistance, FFO

Moderation: Ralf Südhoff, CHA


Part II: Launch of the Federal Foreign Office Strategy for Humanitarian Assistance

Presentation: Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and humanitarian aid.

Panel discussion: Dr. h. c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe; Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Federal Foreign Office; Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations ICRC

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, IFHV, RUB

Invitation as PDF.

The event will be in German. Translation into English will be provided