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The global momentum towards strengthening community resilience: Is the MENA region falling behind?

About the conference
The MENA region is particularly affected by armed conflict and protracted violence. Countries within this region are also exposed to natural and other human induced hazards, vulnerabilities and risks. In the humanitarian context of the MENA region, needs far exceed the capacity of states and non-governmental actors, requiring humanitarian organizations to focus simultaneously on strengthening the resilience of communities and affected populations. Yet ‘resilience’ is not something that can be brought to communities – it requires a new mind-set that focuses on processes and mechanisms to accompany, enable and connect vulnerable groups to empower them to manage or cope with complex challenges. Therefore, this event aims to provide a platform for discussion and debate, bringing together practitioners from grassroots organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academia and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. By showcasing their experiences and learning on obstacles faced and approaches and tools applied to work with communities in challenging environments in the MENA region, discussions will be initiated that aim at the development of a common language and greater conceptual clarity around the concept of “community resilience” across the multiple contexts in the MENA region among practitioners and researchers. In addition, it is expected that exchanges and synergies between community resilience actors working complementary at different levels and in different types of institutions will be strengthened in the MENA region.


Date  Time  Activity  
(1st Day)
 8:30- 9:30 am Registration 
9:30 10:30  Welcoming words:
Dr. Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Dr. Antoine Zoghbi, President of the Lebanese Red Cross
Mr. Pierre bou Assi, Minister of Social Affairs
Mr. Ghassan Hassbani, Minister of Public Health
  ThemeDay1 “Beyond Relief: Challenging institutions to see the community as a whole “
  10:30 -11:00 Keynote speech by Marcus Oxley, former Executive Director, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Risk Reduction:
“The journey to community resilience: has it really changed the way we engage with communities?” 
   11:00 -11:30  Coffee Break
11:30 –13:00 Panel 1 - Supporting community resilience through sectoral integration: can humanitarian organizations and their partners truly overcome their silo structures?

Marcus Oxley, former Executive Director, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Risk Reduction
Dr. Mohammed Bendali, Head of Division of First Aid, Youth, Volunteering and Disaster Management,
Moroccan Red Crescent Society
Alia Farhat, Business Development Manager, Al Majmoua Lebanon
13:00 –14:00 Lunch break
14:00 –16:00 Panel 2 – “Supporting community resilience to prepare and respond” multiple risks, scales and partners: the example of the South of Lebanon.
Dr. Fadi Hamdan, Managing Director, Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) Lebanon
• Dr. Rima Abboud, Head of Disaster Risk Management directing committee in South governorate, Lebanon
Mr. Mortada Mohanna, Disaster Risk Management Programme Manager at Union of Tyre Municipalities, Lebanon
Mr. Kassem Chaalan, Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager, Lebanese Red Cross Society
Mr. Mohamad Kresht, Head of Resale scout in Tyr south LITANE sector and Community Emergency Response Team coordinator in Tyr Caz, Lebanon
16:00 –17:00 Coffee Break
08:30 –09:00 Registration and Coffee Break
Theme Day2 “Supporting community resilience in challenging environments”
09:00 –09:30 Keynote speech by Mr. Martin Kelemenis, Head of Protection department, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Iraq
“Supporting community resilience in life-and –death situations: can the humanitarian sector really afford to spend services on underlying causes of vulnerability?”
09:30 –11:00 Panel 3 – Supporting community resilience in the challenging contexts of conflict and violence: is it fundamentally sustainable?
Mr. Nicholas Hawton, Diplomatic Advisor for the Near and Middle East, International Committee of the Red Cross

Ms. Reema Draidi, Social Worker, Palestine Red Crescent Society
Mr. Mohammed Al-Fakih, National Programs Coordinator, Yemeni Red Crescent Society
Mr. George Ghali, Executive Director, Act for Human Rights Lebanon (ALEF)
Ms. Katie Peters, Senior Research Fellow, Climate Change and Environment Program, Overseas Development Institute
11:00 –11:30 Coffee break
11:30 –13:00 Panel 4 – Supporting Community resilience in the challenging environments of fragile cities and urban complexity: what role for community-based organizations?

Dr. Nasser Yassin, Director of Research, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB, Lebanon.

Dr. Nehal Hefny, Under Secretary-General for Programs and Projects, Egypt Red Crescent Society
Dr. Abbas Ostad Taghizadeh, Assistant Professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences & President Adviser, Iranian Red Crescent Society
Ms. Adreana Allen (tbc), Professor in Development Planning and Urban sustainability, Development Planning Unit, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL
Tarek Osseiran, Country Programme Manager, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), Lebanon
13:00 –13:15 Closing Remarks:
Mr. Marwan al Awar, Director of Disaster Management Unit, Lebanese Red Cross Society
13:15 –14:15 Lunch break

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