2020 Theme:“Humanitarian Aid in Africa”

Background  

Historically Pre-DIHAD workshops were organized to introduce participants to the multilateral humanitarian system. However, this event has evolved in the last sixteen years and is now aligned to the main Conference theme. This 17th edition of the workshop aims to provide in-depth information on a very special angle of the theme “Aid, A Focus on Africa”, tackling the “Humanitarian Aid in Africa” by bringing technical experts to share their experiences and case studies with a group of professionals interested and working in this arena.

Thematic Overview and Objectives

Africa has been through frequent protracted conflicts and crises for the last 5 decades; including civil wars and other forms of armed conflicts and natural disasters. Humanitarian aid provided in recent years by the UN and NGOs to Africa has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

In 2019, the drought in the Horn of Africa has left more than 15 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Repeated cyclones in Mozambique have left 2.6 million people in need of assistance and caused US$3.2 billion worth of loss and damage. In addition, these figures also show that hunger is in the rise; for example, up to 6.3 million people are facing severe hunger in Somalia, and another 2 million in Mozambique are left without enough food. Moreover, conflict in Africa has been reported to account for a 50 percent increase in infant deaths.

Despite what seems promising prospects as per figures and statistics of aid injected from donor countries and the Official Development Aid (ODA) to build resilience and recovery for many African countries after years of their anguish in poverty and suffering, there is a myriad of challenges that keeps escalating ahead of humanitarian and development stakeholders working in Africa.

Thus, this year’s workshop programme will focus on “Humanitarian Aid in Africa”. The objective is to provide an overview of the current protracted humanitarian landscape in Africa with a focus on challenges during escalating crises due to impacts of climate change and armed conflicts; with special attention to extent these crises affect children and women. Concluding the discussion with opportunities and suggested collective interventions and solutions for a better future humanitarian aid in Africa to achieve collective results implementing the “New Way of Working”.