#ByRefugees: Strengthening refugee-led humanitarian response during the COVID-19 pandemic
Series conveners: Alexander Betts and Andonis Marden (Refugee Studies Centre), Shaza Al Rihawi, Anila Noor, Najeeba Wazefadost, and Mustafa Alio (Global Refugee-Led Network)
This seminar series focuses on refugee-led assistance and protection in the context of Covid-19. It features panels of individuals whose work is shaping how we understand and support refugee-led responses during crisis. Their accomplishments – whether as practitioners, policy influencers, funders, or community responders – challenge conventional top-down approaches to humanitarian assistance. These approaches are increasingly important in the current context, in which traditional humanitarian capacity has been stretched and forced to adapt. Refugee-led organisations are on the frontline of the response, in both refugee camps and cities.
The series will explore how refugees are responding to the current crisis, reflect on how they can be supported by external actors, and consider the prospects for creating lasting forms of participatory humanitarian governance. The majority of panelists are refugees.
Time and registration
Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm BST online via Zoom, and will allow time for Q&A sessions with the panellists. The series will also be livestreamed via YouTube and recorded.
To register for Seminar 1, please RSVP with your name and email address to email@example.com
Enquiries to Annelies Lawson: firstname.lastname@example.org
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