oxford forum for international development

Selin Millward

Sessions

Saturday

12:45 pm

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1:40 pm

Refugee Rehabilitation in the UK

Practical approaches to overcoming institutional barriers

Refugees are one of the most talked-about and recurring themes in the media. Yet sensationalism andmisinformation are rife, encouraging an environment of hostility and misunderstanding. This workshopwill aim to increase awareness of the concrete, everyday challenges faced by refugees in the UnitedKingdom, from navigating the bureaucracy of applying for asylum status to gaining access to healthcareand suitable housing. Terms such as ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ are often lumped togetherand used interchangeably; this workshop will unpack each of these terms and promote more accurateperceptions of the people behind the labels. One of OxFID 2020's key themes is the question of accountability and the role that institutions, bothprivate and public, have to play in paving the way for progress. This workshop will also investigate thequestion of corporate responsibility and the ways in which companies might adapt and leverage theircore competencies to be more inclusive to refugees.

Sunday

12:35 pm

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1:30 pm

Sustainability in Humanitarian Action

Pursuing community and risk-driven approaches for crisis resistance.

Whilst humanitarian aid and crisis response are primarily about short-term intervention, finding more sustainable solutions to this process has become an imperative for the humanitarian sector. The influx and subsequent withdrawal of international aid workers - and the financial support that comes with them - not onlymake it difficult to sustain crisis management and prevention but can also have an adverse effect on the local community in question (as was notably the case in Liberia). How can crisis management become more sustainable? Would the devolution of responsibilities produce a moreconsistent and culturally sensitive humanitarian response? Should we switch to a risk-driven model with a greaterfocus on crisis prevention? What mechanisms can be put in place to ensure a more reliable flow of humanitarianfinancing? This panel will explore approaches to better integrate regional organisations and leadership into thedesign, implementation and assessment of humanitarian responses alongside the role of risk-informed crisisresilience in developing strategies for crisis sustainability.