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Protracted urban conflict response: what needs to change

Time (GMT +01) 14:00 15:30

Alice Obrecht - Research Fellow, ALNAP


Lucy Earle - Urban Policy Advisor, DFID (via videolink)

Paul Shanahan - Former IASC Global WASH Cluster Coordinator

Michael Talhami - Regional Water & Habitat Advisor (Near and Middle East), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Dr Mark Zeitoun - Water Security Research Centre, University of East Anglia


Protracted armed conflicts are affecting millions of people living in urban areas, and decades of violence pose a challenge to urban services and infrastructure. City dwellers living through these crises are increasingly vulnerable to the shortcomings of conventional humanitarian and development approaches.

With decades of operational experience addressing the challenges of water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste and other public services throughout protracted urban wars, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has found that the underlying causes of those challenges do not currently receive the attention they deserve – and even their symptoms are difficult to deal with through short-term emergency responses. In a new report, ICRC call for humanitarian and development actors to change the course of their response in order to better respond to these crises.

Join ALNAP, the Urban Humanitarian Response Community of Practice, and ICRC for an event that will bring together experts from both the development and humanitarian sectors to discuss the main findings of the ICRC report.