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Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2020: Exposing Power & Privilege in Times of Crisis

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On behalf of Médecins Du Monde, the German Red Cross, the Berlin Chamber of Physicians and Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as our official partners Greenpeace and Oxfam we would like to invite you to this year’s Humanitarian Congress Berlin: Exposing Power & Privilege in Times of Crisis.

When we titled the 2019 Humanitarian Congress Berlin – A Perfect Storm – we did not expect that The Perfect Storm was in fact still ahead of us. Early this year we took the difficult decision not to run the Humanitarian Congress in Berlin as originally planned. Regardless of whether the event could technically take place in Berlin, we knew that we would not be able to make sure the diverse speakers and participants we were planning to invite, would be able to travel to Berlin. Communities and humanitarian actors are facing multiple challenges in responding to the global Covid19 outbreak in addition to balancing the response to pre-existing crises. We thus concluded, that 2020 was a year, in which critical debate and a platform to openly discuss the most pressing humanitarian issues, was needed more than ever.

We have therefore decided to launch the first virtual Humanitarian Congress Berlin.

This is a time of major upheaval, once again exposing deep structural and social inequalities. This year’s programme will therefore revolve around the theme: Exposing Power & Privilege in Times of Crisis. We will be discussing the existing power imbalances in the humanitarian sector and discuss how social inequalities shape the global response to crises. We will confront emerging issues such as the fight against the spread of misinformation and the private sector’s profiteering on drugs, tests, and vaccines used for the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss how the pandemic has redefined vulnerability and talk about issues such as gender-based violence. We will address racism and white privilege and talk about decolonising humanitarian action, issues where the humanitarian sector still has a long way to go. In addition, we will follow up the conversation from last year’s event and discuss the humanitarian consequences of climate change, including a session on preparing for a 1-4 degree world, the role of the climate crisis in relation to urbanisation and of course, how to tackle a health and a climate crisis simultaneously.

The current draft programme can be found on our website. 
 
Whilst we are sad that we won’t see you in Berlin, we are excited to deliver this year’s online event via an entirely virtual environment, including a range of opportunities to directly connect with new people. Along with easily set up bilateral and multilateral video chats, a unique networking tool and digital business cards, this year’s Humanitarian Congress will have a virtual exhibition zone, allowing humanitarian and development organizations to create their own vendor booths and to interact with interested participants.

Within the project “Phase 2 – Leave no one behind!”, Handicap International e.V., has supported this event with global guidance on and resources for the accessibility of the event. 

The event will have live captions in English in an external browser window. International sign interpretation will be directly integrated into the Hopin platform. (Links on how to access live captions and sign interpretation will be provided in due course.)

We have tried to be mindful of specific requirements. However, please note that the network breaks and the virtual Humanitarian Forum are not supported with live captions and international sign interpretation. 

Please let us know if you need any support or assistance, both with regards to the registration process as well as during the event. We strive to make this event as accessible and inclusive as possible. We know that there might be barriers and obstacles that we might not be aware of and we really appreciate your help in letting us know so that we can make your attendance possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch. We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s Humanitarian Congress Berlin. 
 
Contact us 
Tel: +49 30 700 130 238 
Email: [email protected] 
Web: www.humanitarian-congress-berlin.org
Twitter: #HCBerlin

Steering Committee and Partners

Schedule

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Exposing Power and Privilege in Times of Crisis
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How Social Inequality Shapes the Global Response to Crisis
Deepak Xavier Toyin Aderemi-Ige
· Stage
Decolonising Humanitarian Action
Anita Kattakuzhy Arbie Baguios
· Stage
An Outbreak of Misinformation: Endangering People's Lives
AbdelHalim AbdAllah
· Stage
Emerging Donors and Philanthrocapitalism
· Stage
Big Pharma & Profiteering From A Pandemic
Candice  Sehoma
· Stage
A Shadow Pandemic: Covid19 & Gender-Based-Violence
· Stage
Racism, White Privilege and Covid19
Lauren Reese Angela Bruce- Raeburn Stephanie Kimou Jennifer Lentfer
· Stage
A Cascade of Crises: Yemen
· Stage
Addressing The Climate & Health Crisis: A Perfect Storm For Brazil's Indigenous Communities
Antonio Flores
· Stage
Prepping For 1-4 Degrees Scenario
Afroza Haque Fawad Durrani
· Stage
Urban Complexities In A Changing Climate
· Stage
Impossible Decisions: Triaging In A Pandemic
· Stage
Building Mutual Trust
Hugo Slim
· Stage
Amplifying Voices And The Way Forward

Speakers

Kate  Wilkinson
Kate Wilkinson

Deputy Chief Editor, Africa Check

Priti Krishtel
Priti Krishtel

Co-Founder and Co-Excecutive Director I-MAK

Fawad Durrani
Fawad Durrani

Expert – Climate, Migration and Displacement, Greenpeace Germany

DR. OUMA OLUGA
DR. OUMA OLUGA

Director, Health Services Executive Office of the President, Nairobi Metropolitan Services

Hugo Slim
Hugo Slim

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Blavatnik School, University of Oxford

AbdelHalim AbdAllah
AbdelHalim AbdAllah

Deputy Communications Focal Point for COVID-19 Response, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Afroza Haque
Afroza Haque

Senior Project Officer, German Red Cross, Bangladesh

Antonio Flores
Antonio Flores

Infectious Disease Physician, MSF

Anita Kattakuzhy
Anita Kattakuzhy

Humanitarian Policy Adviser, Localisation, Oxfam International

Arbie Baguios
Arbie Baguios

Founder, Aid Re-imagined

Jennifer Lentfer
Jennifer Lentfer

Creator/Writer, how-matters.org

Stephanie Kimou
Stephanie Kimou

Principal Consultant, Population Work Africa

Angela Bruce- Raeburn
Angela Bruce- Raeburn

Regional Advocacy Director for Africa, Global Health Advocacy Incubator

Lauren Reese
Lauren Reese

International development and Peacebuilding Specialist, DAI Center for Secure and Stable States

Candice  Sehoma
Candice Sehoma

Access Campaign Officer South Africa, MSF

Toyin Aderemi-Ige
Toyin Aderemi-Ige

Disability-Inclusion Advisor, UNRWA

Deepak Xavier
Deepak Xavier

Head, Even It Up Campaign, Oxfam International

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