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From Crisis to Resilience: Systems Approaches to Urban Resilience in Fragile and Conflict Affected Contexts
GOAL, The Rand Corporation, University College London, and The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, sponsored by Irish Aid, are hosting “From Crisis to Resilience”, a webinar series that aims to spark interest and explore the emerging lessons and best practices for building resilience in the most challenging of environments - fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

Learning and investing in resilience at various stages, and within critical socio-economic systems, is crucial to ensuring the preservation of gains in the well-being and development of people in the face of shocks, and to shift from humanitarian assistance towards long-term resilient development.

This 90 min webinar will explore innovations, evidence, and lessons learned when applying a systems approach to build resilience in fragile and conflict-affected urban contexts. Our panel of experts will draw on years of experience and lessons learned from the field in Latin America.

Panelists from GOAL, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), World Bank Group and USAID will aim to answer the following questions:
- Are high-risk informal urban settlements to be considered as fragile and conflict-affected contexts?
- What is working or not when building resilience in informal urban settlements?
- What new ideas or approaches in systems thinking are emerging to progress resilience in informal urban settlements?

This webinar is free and open to all.

Dec 8, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Sanderson
Professor and Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture @University of New South Wales (UNSW)
David has 30 years of experience working across the world in development and emergencies. He worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International followed by eight years as Director of a university centre focusing on development and emergencies. Between 2013-14 David was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. David became the Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2016 where he also leads the Institute for Global Development. David is author of the 2019 ODI/ALNAP Urban Humanitarian Response Good Practice Review.
Bernard McCaul
Deputy Director Programme Innovation and LAC Regional Director @GOAL
A chartered engineer with a master’s degree in Engineering Science Bernard has over 24 years experience in private sector consulting andinternational humanitarian and development programming. Bernard is the inspiration behind GOAL’s Resilience Innovation and Learning Hub, and led the development of the Resilience for Social Systems (R4S) Approach and the Analysis of the Resilience of Communities to Disasters (ARC-D) Toolkit. Bernard has also guided the development of GOALs programmes in the LAC region targeting resilience of informal urban settlements (Barrio Resiliente) and Resilience of the Blue Economy.
Dr. Ronak B. Patel
Director, Urbanization and Resilience Program @Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Dr. Ronak Patel is a physician and leads the Urbanization and Resilience Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. His work focuses primarily on the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid urbanization for the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and for humanitarian crises. His research focuses on exposing and disaggregating cumulative risks and developing tools and interventions to mitigate these risks to health and development. Work relevant to this podcast has included projects on resilience to urban violence, social cohesion and disaster risk reduction, gender-based insecurity and mobility in urban slums and a framework for measuring urban fragility and resilience.
Phil Gelman
Regional Advisor @USAID-Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance
Phil is the Regional Advisor at the US Agency for International Development, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. He arrived at USAID after working for over 15 years with the international NGOs CARE and Catholic Relief Services. In USAID, Phil has worked in numerous post-disaster response programs including: the tsunami in the Indian Ocean (2005); the earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haití (2010-2012); the earthquake in Chile (2010); the ebola outbreak in West Africa (2014, 2015); the earthquake in México City (2017); the volcanic eruption of Guatemala´s Volcán de Fuego (2018); and the current Venezuelan migratory crisis. Aside from his work in response, Phil manages the portfolio of projects for risk reduction at the urban level funded by USAID/BHA in the Americas.