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InterAction Forum will be held June 20-22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. During the event, we will host four plenary sessions that feature humanitarian and global development leaders and experts. Below we’ve highlighted two sessions that offer an intriguing look at the future of the international NGO community. See more information and register for InterAction Forum 2017 today.
In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide, or people residing in a country other than their country of birth, reached its highest ever recorded level, 244 million people. Sixty million of these people were forced from their homes by war or natural hazards, the greatest forced population displacement since World War II. The movements of these populations have been met with the growing rhetoric of populism, nationalism and xenophobia across the world.
To celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, we will feature a plenary session titled “The Changing Dynamics of Migration,” which will examine the reasons behind the increase in migrants, the challenges presented to governments and civil society by this mass movement of people, and the best practices for maintaining a culture of tolerance and acceptance.
(Plenary Speakers Left To Right) Tejshri Shah, Chair, Operational Centre Amsterdam, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF); Eric Schwartz, Incoming President, Refugees International; Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer, World Bank
Innovation and breakthrough technologies are often cited as a key solution for more effective and efficient ways to provide humanitarian relief or development outcomes. In some contexts, new technologies allow programs to reach farther, serve more people, and deliver cost savings. However, for every successful prototype that reaches scale, there are dozens of others designed to solve the wrong problem and ultimately fail. On Wednesday, June 21, our plenary session will focus on the opportunities and challenges of utilizing new technology to address community needs and respect human dignity.
(Plenary Speakers Left To Right) Anne Mei Chang, Former Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID; Ed Martinez, President, UPS Foundation; Nilmini Rubin, Vice President for International Development, Tetra Tech