Globalisation began as a well-intentioned idea, particularly in terms of facilitating greater openness and integration across the globe and creating opportunities for the least developed countries to experience greater economic and technological growth.
It is true that since the 1990s there has been significant economic and technological progress and access to information even in southern parts of the globe. But the irony is that despite this progress, the world is now facing unprecedented and complex humanitarian crises. For example, in the Asia region there are ongoing conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Myanmar, and frequent, recurring natural disasters in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines.
The most difficult thing to process is that whether a humanitarian crisis is manmade or the result of a natural disaster, it is usually so intense and widespread that it not only affects the most vulnerable groups but a large majority of the population and even those beyond a country’s borders.
The reality is that poor governance, overuse of resources, climate change, extreme poverty, as well as local and international power politics can all be causes of humanitarian crises and as they are all interconnected, there is often not a sole factor. As a result, we face the challenge of consistently responding to increasingly complex humanitarian crises in the most efficient and effective way.
The fundamental question is: what steps do we need to take to have a real impact on the humanitarian sector?
The DEPP Regional Learning Conference in Manila is an opportunity to explore solutions to this and the following questions:
Is localisation thinking locally and acting globally, thinking globally and acting locally, or both? What is required to bring about meaningful change?
How can developing the skills and knowledge of humanitarian practitioners at the local level help them to respond in ways that reduce the suffering of affected populations in line with humanitarian standards and principles?
Who are the relevant stakeholders at the local level? Which capacity building tools and approaches used across the DEPP should be replicated at the local level to help enhance the skills of first responders?
How do the roles of INGOs and NNGOs need to change for locally led response to become stronger and more effective?
Delegates from Bangladesh are looking forward to sharing their experiences and insights through stimulating presentations and discussions at this regional learning event.
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