HFP Stakeholders’ Forum a huge success

December 18, 2008

The Humanitarian Futures Programme [HFP] held its second Stakeholders Forum from 13-14 November 2008 in London, with great success.

Over the 1 ½ day event, two of HFP’s four major themes were considered – collaboration and innovation – in order to review the relevance of HFP’s approaches to these two themes to the needs of the humanitarian sector and to recommend ways that HFP’s approaches to these and related themes could be enhanced. HFP’s two other main themes are organisational anticipation and adaptation. Annex I and II provide the Stakeholders Forum Programme and Participants List, respectively, while Annex III provides thematic notes on collaboration and innovation.

The Stakeholders’ Forum was privileged to have as speakers in order of presentation Professor Sir David King [Director of Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment], Dr. Eric Rasmussen [President, InSTEDD], Mr. Ben Ramalingam [Head of Research and Development, ALNAP], Dr. Babar Kabir [Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, BRAC], Ms Stacey White [Senior Research Associate, HFP], Dr. Jon A. Frederickson [Director of Innovation Expansion, InnoCentive], Dr. Jemilah Mahmood [President, Mercy Malaysia].

The sessions were ably chaired by Professor Mervyn Frost [King’s College, London]. Mr. Ed von Schenkenberg [Coordinator, International Council of Voluntary Agencies], Dr. Neil Macdonald [Godwana Development Associates], Mr. Michael Jones [UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Tajikistan], Ms Margareta Wahlstrom [Director, UN International Strategy for Natural Disaster Reduction] and Mr. James Darcy [Director, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute].

More details and a summary will be posted here soon.