NGO Security Conference 2017

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NGO Security Conference 2017

Civil Wars and their impact on NGOs

While wars between states are becoming less common, armed conflicts within states are proliferating. The civilian population are often suffering and bearing the brunt of the conflict, requiring a humanitarian response to help the civilian population and alleviate the suffering. NGOs are facing a variety of threats when operating in these contexts.
During the NGO Security Conference, Centre for Safety and Development will focus on several intra-state conflicts. Topics like the risks for NGOs in these countries, what NGO can do to mitigate their risks and possible future developments and the context will be discussed by our guest speakers. Countries that will be focussed on are Ukraine, Democratic Republic Congo, Yemen and Somalia.

Programme NGO Security Conference 2017

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome
9:30 – 10:30 Introduction to the topic of Intra-state wars
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00 Somalia – Wouter Kok
Wouter Kok currently works at MSF Netherlands (Artsen Zonder Grenzen) as a security advisor. He has extensive experience in the field of security management of NGOs. At the conference Wouter will give a lecture about the security challenges of working in Somalia.
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 13:45
Democratic Republic Congo – Kris Berwouts
Kris Berwouts has worked for a several Belgian and international NGOs over the past 25 years, focused on peace building, reconciliation, security and democratic processes. He has extensive knowledge on Congo and just published his book Congo’s violent peace on conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the Great African War.
13:45 – 14:00 Coffee Break
14:00 – 15:00
Yemen – Moosa Elayah
Moosa Elayah is a Yemeni national, working as Senior Scientific Researcher and Expert at the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN). His research focusses on international development assistance and aid policy. Moosa Elayah will present his forthcoming article on ‘The challenges facing civil society organizations in times of war and conflict: the case of Yemen’.
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:15 Ukraine - Bruno de Cordier
Bruno de Cordier is Assistant Professor at the Conflict Research Group of the University of Gent. His area of expertise are the former Soviet Republics. Bruno de Cordier recently published articles on the conflict in Ukraine, he will talk about this at the conference.
16:15 – 16:30 Closing the day
16:30 – 17:30 Drinks
NGO security professionals, heads of programing, HR managers responsible for security, security advisors, and anyone else interested in this topic.
  • Free for organisations that have sent participants to training courses in 2016/2017 or were involved in other projects: free access for two attendees.
  • Fee for other organisations: € 99,-
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