Inclusive Prosperity and Wellbeing in the context of Mass Displacement
The inaugural Frontiers of Development Symposium took place from Monday 12 February - Wednesday 14 February 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, bringing together approximately 70 researchers and practitioners across a variety of disciplines from the UK and around the globe.
During the symposium, participants discussed the challenges of mass displacement, focussing on what drives mass displacement; the pressures that are created by it; and how we can prevent it, adapt to it, and work towards better inclusion of displaced persons in society.
Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA, FRICS. Professor of Disaster Risk Management and Reduction and Head of Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield
Professor Henrietta L. Moore FBA. Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL
At the core of each symposium is three or four multidisciplinary, workshop-style sessions which focus on different sub-themes. Participants are obliged to attend every session to maximise the opportunity to make new contacts and build collaborative relationships. Whilst a session may not directly relate to an individual's research area, it is expected that participants attend all sessions to learn how their work can link in with the work of researchers from other disciplines, in order to address development challenges.
1. Drivers of Mass Displacement
Session Chair: Danielle Botti, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Danish Refugee Council
Natural Disasters: Displacement, relocation and returnDr Nishara Fernando, University of Colombo
Fluid status of refugees and IDPs and their return to conflict-affected areasDr Irina Kuznetsova, University of Birmingham
Can Ethiopia use the CRRF to give a durable solution to the problem of refugees?Tsion Abebe, Institute of Security Studies
2. Shared Spaces and Services
Session Chair: Dr Jayati Das-Munshi, Kings College London/Kings College Hospital
Healthcare performance and resilience: redesigning the systemDr Nebil Achour, Anglia Ruskin University
Mental health services and disaster response in low resource settingsDr Stephen Sevalie, Sustainable Health Sierra Leone
Concerning mass displacement: roots, causes and effects and inclusive integration: Case study of Rwandan refugees in Burundi (1959-1994)Dr Gaspard Gapayari, University of Rwanda
Access to education and health services among refugees in NairobiEdmund Lang'at, Xavier Project
3. Enhancing Value
Session Co-Chair: Professor Siri Hettige, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Session Co-Chair: Corinne Gray, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Conflict-sensitive employment: Doing things differently in FCAS settingsRabia Nusrat, International Alert
Job Creation in complex contexts: Challenges from post-war Sri LankaDr Udan Fernando, Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) Colombo
Large-scale displacement of civilians during the three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka and the challenges of resettlementDr Ganesh Murugesu, University of Colombo
Integrating refugees into the Labour Market: Experiences from GermanyEva Degler, OECD Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
4. Rwandan Refugee Camps Case Study Session
Session Chair: Dr Anh Tran, Coventry University
Anna Okello, Practical Action Consulting
Denyse Umubyeyi, Practical Action Consulting
Jelte Harnmeijer, Scene Community
Participants also had the opportunity to hear from three keynote speakers: H.E Jo Lomas, UK High Commissioner to Rwanda, non-resident Ambassador to Burundi; Jakob Oster from UNHCR Rwanda; and Naome Nayebare from the Gender Monitoring Office, Rwanda.
This session is designed to capture key messages and discussions from the symposium. Participants were split into groups, and asked to analyse key questions/challenges drawn from the themed sessions.
This paper has been compiled by the organisers, and reviewed by the session chairs and the programme Steering Committee. The contents of this report are reflective of the discussions of the cohort that attended the Frontiers of Development Symposium: Inclusivity and Wellbeing in the context of Mass Displacement 11th – 14th February 2018. They are not formal statements or positions of any of the National Academies, nor should they be attributed to any individual participant.
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