Migration & Development - Opportunity or Barrier?
How can we help to address the large scale movement of people?
The second event of the RSA International Development Network sees us delve into a topic highly prevalent in this day and age. For the first time in history the number of displaced people (those forced to leave their home country because of war or persecution) has risen over 60 million. That is 1 person in every 113 on the planet, half of which are children.
On 19 September, the United Nations hosted the Summit for Refugees and Migrants to address the large movement of people, but what can we do? As individuals? As a network? In collaboration?
This event will focus on trying to identify how we can bring our own knowledge and skills to bear. In particular, it will focus on the impact of migration on the development of ‘sending’ countries and countries of transit, whether there are alternatives to large refugee camps, and whether there are longer term solutions which can be of mutual benefit.
If you feel that you would like to talk or otherwise contribute at the event, please get in contact with:
Vaughan Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Adam Boxer: adam.boxer@WessexSocialVentures.com.
The event is free to attend but please book your place at the top of this page.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Location: Rainmaking Loft - International House 1 St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1UN
Barbara Roche – Chair
Barbara Roche is the founder and Chair of Migration Matters and the Migration Museum. She is also Chair of Praxis Community Projects, which works with vulnerable migrants in the UK. A former Labour Government Minister and MP, Barbara was a Minister of State in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She was also Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a Department of Trade and Industry Minister and Immigration Minister when at the Home Office.
Gibral Faal - speaker
Gibril Faal is a British-Gambian business and development executive. In 2014, he was appointed OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to international development, following a nomination by the Department for International Development (DfID). He co-moderated Common Space of the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Istanbul in October 2015. He co-chaired the seventh GFMD in Stockholm in May 2014. In 2013, he delivered two keynote addresses at the United Nations General Assembly. He was selected to speak on behalf of global civil society and joined the UN Secretary General to open the High Level Dialogue on Migration and International Development. He will address the upcoming UN General Assembly on the large scale movement of people in September 2016.
Marta Foresti - Speaker
Marta Foresti is the Interim Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Marta leads ODI’s work on governance, security and migration. Her interests include the political economy of development, political and economic reform, human mobility, conflict and fragility. She has over 20 years of research, policy formulation and delivery, as well as management experience and has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation.
About the network
With the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is now more than ever that a more connected and coordinated approach to solving the world's biggest challenges is needed. In the true spirit of SDG 17 the International Development Network is about fostering collaboration. Collaboration through discussion, ideation, and practice.
The network is open to anyone with an interest, vested or otherwise, in the development of our global neighbours and communities.
The primary aim is to create a supportive environment for the sharing of ideas, best practice, and outside-the-box thoughts on how best to create sustainable positive impact.
The secondary focus is to foster cross-sector relationships and transfers of knowledge.
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