OTTAWA, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - At a special presentation held in Ottawa by Canada's International Development Research Centre in collaboration with the Humanitarian Coalition, three leading Canadian experts on humanitarian action will share insights on the future of Canada's role in humanitarian crises. Experts from Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam-Québec, and the Canadian Research Institute on Crisis and Aid will discuss how Canada might meet the challenges of a global humanitarian system increasingly pushed to the limits of its capacity.
When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: IDRC, 150 Kent Street (Corner of Albert), 8th floor
With greater frequency, humanitarian workers are required to work in situations of complex emergencies, defined by internal conflicts and political instability. Humanitarian operations increasingly require innovative programs and technologies to reach more people, in harder to reach areas, in the most cost-efficient ways, while still remaining accountable and effective.
- Francois Audet - Director, Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and Aid (OCCAH)
- Stephen Cornish - Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders
- Denise Byrnes - Executive Director, Oxfam-Québec
The discussion will be moderated by David Common, host of CBC Radio's World Report and Correspondent with CBC News.
The event is open to the media and the lecture will be webcast live at http://idrc.canwebcast.net/live. Journalists and the public can also join in the conversation through Twitter (#HumConf2013).
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds practical research in developing countries to increase prosperity and security, and to foster democracy and the rule of law, in support of Canada's international development efforts. We promote growth and development and encourage sharing knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting solutions that aim to bring change to those who need it most. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
About the Humanitarian Coalition
The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
SOURCE: International Development Research Centre
For further information:
IDRC: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé | (+1 613) 696-2343 | [email protected] | @IDRC_CRDI
Humanitarian Coalition: Marie-Jo Proulx | (+1 613) 617-3596 | [email protected] |@humcoalition