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Responding to the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Syria - have we failed the test?

19-11-2013 Event

28 November 2013, 2-4pm at the Overseas Development Institute, London.

Event Info

Where: Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ

When: 28.11.2013

Responding to the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Syria: have we failed the test?This discussion event, organized by and the Humanitarian Policy Group at London's Overseas Development Institute, will launch the latest issue of Humanitarian Exchange magazine which is focused on the conflict in Syria.

Since the conflict began in Syria in March 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed, five million have been displaced within Syria and over two million – half of them children – have fled to neighbouring countries. Humanitarian agencies have struggled to reach people in desperate need of assistance. The difficulties of operating in Syria have exposed some of the deeply entrenched weaknesses of the international humanitarian system and the challenge of responding adequately to the needs of civilians in the midst of a complex conflict.  What are these weaknesses and gaps and how can international, national and local humanitarian actors try to address them?

Humanitarian Exchange: the Conflict in Syria includes an article addressing the challenges the ICRC has faced in gaining access to those in need in Syria by Brian Tisdall, head of the Multilateral Organisations, Policy and Humanitarian Action division at the ICRC.

Sean Maguire, ICRC spokesman in the UK, will participate in the discussion on the challenges of humanitarian access and action in Syria. It will be chaired by BBC Syria Correspondent Lina Sinjab, who has reported on the Syria crisis since it began in March 2011. 

Register to attend the launch or watch online on the ODI website

Follow the hashtag #SyriaHPN on Twitter for live coverage.



Lina Sinjab – BBC Syria Correspondent


Ben Parker – former Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Syria and co-editor of “Humanitarian Exchange: the conflict in Syria”

Representative of the Syria Crisis Unit in the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) – Speaker TBC

Dr Nizar Hammodeh – Vice-President of Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations (UOSSM) (TBC)

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard – Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), University of Oxford

Sean Maguire, UK Spokesman, ICRC mission in the UK and Ireland.

Follow the hashtag #SyriaHPN on Twitter for live coverage.