Twenty years ago, the now-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received massive influxes of refugees from neighboring Rwanda, triggering a state collapse that claimed millions of lives. The international community has invested billions of dollars addressing recurrent humanitarian needs in the east of the country, and yet, fragility and crisis persist.
Join a high-level discussion on new field research from North Kivu on the gaps and opportunities in the humanitarian response, and a discussion on what lessons donors, governments, and NGOs must draw in order to “do more good.”
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
- Shamil Idriss, President and CEO, Search for Common Ground
- Andrea Koppel, Vice President of Global Engagement & Policy, Mercy Corps
- Jonathan Papeledis, Executive Advisor for Fragile States, World Vision
- Moderator: Alexandre Marc, Chief Technical Specialist, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence, World Bank.
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Film Screening and Discussion: Virunga is an Oscar-nominated 2014 documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. Virunga focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park, and the activity of a British company, Soco International, which began exploring for oil within the UNESCO World Heritage site in April 2014. The documentary tells the story of four characters fighting to protect Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world’s last mountain gorillas, against war, poaching, and the threat of oil exploration.
- Betty Bigombe, Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence
- Moderator: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources
The Great Lakes Policy Forum event is organized in conjunction with the World Bank’s 2015 Fragility Forum. These events will be held at the World Bank at 1818 H Street NW, and all guests are asked to pre-register in order to attend the forum as space is limited. Please e-mail your name, affiliation, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org