The Preparing for Shock: Is Preparedness the New Frontier? global conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 14th and 15th March 2018. The conference brought together over 120 representatives from local, national and international nongovernmental organisations, government ministries, donors, academic institutions and the private sector from 25 countries for two days to debate key issues affecting the sector in order to inform future approaches to preparedness programming.
Hosted by the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Learning Project, the conference aimed to provide a platform for stakeholders working within the disasters and emergencies preparedness sector to explore lessons, experiences and evidence around four thematic areas and influence future policy, practice, programming and funding strategies for preparedness.
Plenary panel discussions focused on overarching topics around investment in preparedness by reviewing where we are today and looking at how effective preparedness investments have been based on the learning and evidence coming out of the DEPP and other preparedness programmes. The next steps explored how to ensure preparedness investments are sustainable by involving the right stakeholders, and finding the right approaches to meeting our 2030 commitments using the experiences we have gained so far. Breakout sessions provided smaller forums for exploring more specific areas that contribute to improved programming.
Encouraging more and longer-term investment in preparedness, putting communities at the centre of programmes, strengthening partnerships with governments, supporting local actors to access funding mechanisms and decision-making forums, and strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus are the key themes that emerged from two days of discussion. There was also a resounding call-to-action for less committing, more doing – it is time global actors are held accountable to their commitments on shifting power and funds directly to local and national actors.
Read the full conference pack for highlights and links to recordings and presentations
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