The Columbia Global Centers in Amman and Istanbul are organizing a symposium to address the gap in the linkages between humanitarian response and development in light of a rapidly changing global context, and the need for new paradigms of refugee assistance and inclusion. The symposium will feature Columbia faculty engaged in the refugee issue, practitioners from the MENA region, and scholars who have been instrumental in treating refugee movements as a developmental issue in the context of Uganda and Malawi in the 1990s.
The aim of the symposium is three-fold:
- Discuss Columbia University’s initiatives related to the refugee crisis, and present research on how to improve refugees’ access to health services, inclusive education and sustainable employment opportunities.
- Highlight developmental approaches developed and practiced in the context of past humanitarian crises, extract lessons and reflect on its relevance today.
- Ensure a robust scholarly exchange that will offer the possibility for partnerships to develop across campus with counterparts from the MENA region, and consider how academic institutions of higher education like Columbia University could inform future multidisciplinary interventions to support the inclusion of Syrian refugees.
The symposium is organized around the following themes:
- The Refugee Response: Past Experiences and Current Practices
- Developing a New Paradigm of Refugee Inclusion in Host Countries
- The Role of Academic Institutions in Advancing Knowledge on this Global Humanitarian Challenge
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