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.
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.
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