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From cities in crisis to crises in cities: towards a collaborative urban humanitarian response

15 - 16 November

IIED and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are organising a major international conference on how best to respond to crises in urban areas.

The 'From cities in crisis to crises in cities: towards a collaborative urban humanitarian response' event will take place in London on 15-16 November 2017.

The conference will report on the findings of a three-year project designed to improve knowledge and practice in responding to crises in urban settings, funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID). Conference organisers are accepting submissions for presentationsfrom researchers and practitioners until 22 September.

The urban crises programme is led by IIED and the IRC. The two organisations have developed a range of advocacy messages, knowledge products and practitioner tools to improve humanitarian effectiveness during urban crises, covering topics ranging from disaster preparedness and response to forced displacement.

The two-day conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers from the humanitarian and development communities, urban specialists, including planners and senior officials, as well as representatives of donor organisations, to discuss humanitarian response and collaboration. 

Outline programme 

The conference will open with a plenary on global frameworks for urban crises response. Day one will include parallel sessions, a panel discussion on refugees and self-reliance, as well as the launch of a special issue of the international journal Environment & Urbanisation, titled 'Towards more effective humanitarian response to urban crises', and an evening reception. 

The second day will feature a plenary on the future of urban crisis response, as well as parallel sessions and the formal launch of publications and toolkits prepared as part of the urban crises initiative. Hard copies of the documents will be available for participants. Read the draft agenda (PDF).

To register your interest in attending the 'From cities in crisis to crises in cities' event, please complete this form by 22 September 2017. To submit an abstract to present at the conference, email diane [dot] archeratiied [dot] org by the same date.