For decades, forced displacement has been a key performance indicator for humanitarian agencies. The numbers drive fundraising, fuel political battles, and underpin strategy.
And yet — fragile states are not defined solely by violence. They are subject to the same trends of internal migration, and rapid urbanisation, that we see across the developing world.
This means that the policy lens of “internal displacement” is crude, at best. At worst, it works actively against local peoples’ strategies for economic and social resilience.
What we can do about this disconnect? What would a more pragmatic, demand-driven approach to population movements look like?
Join us to kick off a project to answer exactly those questions. Tariq Riebel will anchor with some experiences from Goma, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has lived through more than twenty continuous years of humanitarian relief.
We’ll then look at how to tease this out as a viable case study; and where comparable experiences can be found. We’ll edit feedback into the Rethink Fragility Wiki, and explain how the platform works for you to painlessly add your own ideas (big or small).
Offline launch: London King’s Cross, 15 November 2016. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
Online launch: Streamed with Facebook Live on 7 December 1800 GMT.
For those who couldn’t make it, here’s the intro from the FB Live event on 7 December.