The 4th Annual International Humanitarian Partnership Conference 2016 –Nairobi Kenya

Dates; 21st – 22nd Sept 2016

Venue; Boma Hotel Nairobi Kenya

Theme: Disability and Age Inclusion in Humanitarian Practice: Scaling up progress toward the achievement of Agenda 2030

Background

The Humanitarian Partnership Conference (HPC) is an annual conference championed by the Humanitarian Learning and Partnerships (HLP) sub group under the Inter Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East & Central Africa (IAWG). The IAWG was established following discussions during the OCHA Regional Contingency Planning exercise in June 2002. It was formed to enhance information sharing for humanitarian workers in the larger East and Central African region.

Humanitarian practitioners, academicians and age and disability champions in Africa and the world over will be attending the 4th Humanitarian Partnership Conference (HPC) in Nairobi, Kenya on 14th and 15th September 2016 at the Boma Hotel owned by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). The venue was seen to be ideal as it is considered accessible to older persons and persons with disabilities as well as a novel best practice case of how KRCS is using local social enterprise to meet the ever increasing humanitarian needs in Kenya sustainably.

The first conference was held in 2013 and it was hosted by University of Nairobi, the (IAWG) and Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) which is hosted by Save the Children. The second conference held in 2014 at Boma Hotel Nairobi and was a great success attracting participants from Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. HPC 2014 sessions focused on the 5 themes of the World Humanitarian Summit on Sustainable Pastoralism Development, Addressing the Education Needs for Humanitarians, Serving the Needs of People in Conflict, Reducing Vulnerability to Climatic Shocks, and Humanitarian Effectiveness. The 3rd conference which had the theme of “incorporating private sector in emergency response” was equally a resounding success as for the first time, the academia, private sector and humanitarian practitioners held tripartite consultations and sharing of experiences.

Rationale for the conference theme

According to the 2011 World Report on Disability by the World Health Organisation/World Bank, there are an estimated 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide. This is about 15% of the world’s population.

Globally, one in eight people are over the age of 60.  By 2050, the number of older people is expected to increase to two billion, or more than one fifth of the global population.

In conflicts and natural disasters, the risk of acquiring disability increases due to injuries, poor health care and failure to manage non-communicable diseases among other causes. Older people and people with disabilities, therefore, make up a significant and growing proportion of disaster-affected populations, yet they continue to face neglect in disaster preparedness as well as disaster response. It is for this reason that the theme the theme for the HPC 2016 shall be:  Disability and Age Inclusion in Humanitarian Practice: Scaling up inclusive practices toward the achievement of Agenda 2030.

Objectives of the Conference:

By the end of the conference, participants should be able to:

a)       Understand the concepts of disability, age and gender and their application in humanitarian action.

b)       Have the know how on how to adopt minimum standards for age and disability inclusion in their humanitarian action.

c)       Share good practices around disability, age and gender inclusion in disaster preparedness and emergency response.

d)       Enhance networking by creating a community of practice for continuous sharing of learning.

Activities during the conference

In order to achieve the objectives of the conference, the following activities shall be carried out during the conference.

a)       Plenary sessions

b)      Panel discussions.

c)       Break-away sessions. Poster/Photo exhibitions.

d)      Outdoor exhibitions.

e)       Cocktail/networking session.

Presentations during the conference shall revolve around the following themes:

–      Data, Research and documentation of best practice (Sex, age and data disaggregation, quality, tools, real time, accessibility, decision making)

–      Advocacy and mainstreaming (Participation, barriers to participation, empowerment, policies, program responsiveness – disability, gender, age)

–      Financing and partnerships (Resource allocation, partnerships, networking, leveraging, accountability, measuring change).

–      Technology and Innovation

 

CONFERENCE CHARGES

IAWG MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS – USD 100

NON-MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS – USD 120

FILL THE PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM HERE OR COPY PASTE THIS LINK ON YOUR BROWSER:
http://goo.gl/forms/ApCCnizslAYvoJBD3

Download HPC 2016 invite HERE

 

About HPC

BACKGROUND

Humanitarian practitioners and academicians in Africa and around the world will be hosting the fourth Humanitarian Partnership Conference (HPC) in Nairobi, Kenya between 21st and 22nd  September 2016. The conference will take place at the Boma Inn hotel, owned by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

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Boma Inn, Nairobi Kenya

The venue was seen to be ideal as it is considered a novel best practice case of how KRCS is using local social enterprise to meet the ever increasing humanitarian needs in Kenya sustainably.

The first conference of the kind was hosted in 2010 in Geneva and brought together over three hundred academicians and humanitarian practitioners from the global arena. In Nairobi, the first conference designed with the same objectives of partnership was held in 2013 and was hosted by the University of Nairobi, the Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) and Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) which is hosted by Save the Children. The second conference was held in 2014.

To view a recap of HPC 2013, click on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7kJl5CsuQI

To view a recap of HPC 2014, click on the link below.

The conference has been of great importance in giving the humanitarian sector an avenue to reach out to other important stakeholders in humanitarian response. The 2014 conference came up with recommendations to the World Humanitarian Summit which were recognized and acknowledged by the UN under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valarie Amos.

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HPC 2015

HPC 2015 

NAIROBI – September 15, 2015 – The Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) for Disaster Preparedness in East and Central Africa  officially kicked off the 3rd Annual Humanitarian Partnership Conference (HPC) at the BOMA Inn Hotel.

The launch brought together various stakeholders involved in humanitarian work including representatives from the Kenyan government, local and international universities, IGAD, humanitarian and donor agencies.

On behalf of the Principal Secretary for State Department of Devolution, Mr. Sali Ali Mola- Director of Special Programs- reiterated the government’s commitment to building partnerships with all humanitarian stakeholders to ensure efficient response to humanitarian disasters in the country.  “This conference therefore, provides a precise forum to us to listen to our valued partners and agree on a common ground for integrating humanitarian response and resilience in the national planning process,” he stated.

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Sheila Waruhiu, Co-chair, IAWG Training and capacity Building Sub-group giving a welcome note during HPC Africa 2015 launch

Prof. Wangari Mwai from Kenyatta University also graced the opening of the conference and emphasized on the importance of humanitarian and academic partnerships. She noted that humanitarian crises  have been on the increase in Africa and around the world hence the greater need for such partnership engagement to face the growing challenges.

 

The theme for HPC 2015 was “Exploring Humanitarian Partnerships with Academia, Private Sector and Microenterprise”. HPC 2015 featured discussions revolving around this theme and particularly focused on the role of local and big  business in humanitarian response and the solutions that such partnerships can bring to the table.

Click HERE to download the HPC 2015 Invite.

Contacts

For More Information or Bookings please get in touch with:

Sheila Waruhiu

Strategic Partnerships

Save the Children Capacity Building Centre

Email: S.Waruhiu@savethechildren.org.uk

Tel: +254 (0) 733 716 452

George Njeru

Coordinator

Inter Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East and Central Africa

Email: coordinator@iawg-africa.org

Tel: +254 (0) 723 887 449

Whitney Mwangi

HPC Focal Point

Email: hpc@iawg-africa.org

http://iawg-africa.org | Twitter: | IAWGAfrica |

The IAWG Secretariat is hosted by Danish Refugee Council, Horn of Africa & Yemen Office. Physical location, Lower Kabete Road (Ngecha Junction). P.O. Box 14762-00800 Nairobi