Over 65 million people are displaced in the world today, and on average, refugees spend about 17 years in exile. This state of protracted displacement is increasingly the norm for the lives of families that are neither able to return home nor resettle in a third country. It is under this context that the global community has convened a series of international forums to transform the humanitarian system to better meet the needs of an increasing number of people.
Please join us for a panel discussion that highlights the importance of local, country leadership to achieve durable solutions for refugee populations. We will host a panel of leaders from CRS partner organizations and local government who will speak from their experience on the ground engaged with efforts to meet the needs of refugee communities. And, we will explore the challenges and opportunities that this new paradigm presents from both a philanthropic and policy perspective.
Mr. Sean L. Callahan, President & CEO, Catholic Relief Services
Mr. Robert Baryamwesiga, Bidibidi Settlement Commandant, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Uganda
Mr. Francis Atul Sarker, Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh
Ms. Clarisa Bencomo, Program Officer, Global Grants, Ford Foundation
Ms. Jennifer Poidatz, Vice-President, Humanitarian Response, Catholic Relief Services
Ms. Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Partner and Global Development Practice Head,
The Bridgespan Group