Dear Reader,

Leaders from across the world gathered in New York City for the 74th session of the United Nations  General Assembly (UNGA) last week. There was a strong representation from 193 heads of states and policymakers, leading NGOs and the private sector. The UNGA gathering was alive with news, announcements and interesting exchanges.

Feraye_WhfThe UN hosted five summits — Climate Action Summit, first-ever High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage with the tagline “Moving Together to Build a Healthier World”, SDG Summit - the first of its kind since the Agenda was adopted in 2015, The High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development and High-Level Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway - which took place five years after an ambitious agreement was reached to support sustainable development in small island developing states.

You will be hearing more on the highlights and outcomes from our visit to UNGA, however I am honored to announce that we will be having WHF New York and Aid&Trade New York alongside with 75th UNGA next year with the support of United Nations.

In this issue of WHFtalks we have some compelling interviews and features. We had our first Advisory Board meeting this week and you can read about our Advisory Board chair and members who are helping to shape the future. The main interview is a candid chat with the IFRC President Francesco Rocca why is the situation for refugees and migrants worsening?

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the NY based Tent Partnership for Refugees Gideon Maltz throws light on Latin America’s biggest refugee crisis and highlights how businesses are supporting refugees there.
In our ‘tech for good’ section, we have Iris Guard, a leader in the biometrics sector, talking about how technology revolutionises disbursement of cash to refugees.In our NGO of the month section, Ruha Khan talks about what prompted her to launch Friendship and what they have achieved so far.

We are big advocates of PPP for development and our Advisory Board member Dr. Mohan Kaul discusses the importance of PPPs and finally, our hero- pathbreaker for this issue is none other than Science teacher and Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi who just met President Trump in the White House to highlight the importance of investment in science education and the need to give teachers a seat on the top table to make education policy work.

I hope you enjoy the issue. Please do send us your feedback.
Best Regards,
Feraye Ozfescioglu

Message From the Chair of the Advisory Board

Message From the Chair of the Advisory Board

World Humanitarian Forum is pleased to welcome Rt. Hon. Jack Straw as the Chair of the Advisory Board and as the preparations are at a fast-pace, Mr Straw has taken the time to highlight his thoughts on World Humanitarian Forum 2020. 


The Interview: Francesco Rocca - President Of IFRC

The Interview:
Francesco Rocca - President Of IFRC

In a candid interview, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies talks about worsening situation of refugees and economic migrants and puts across ...


Changing The Narrative: Refugees (By Tent Foundation)

Changing The Narrative:
Refugees (By Tent Foundation)

The Tent Partnership for Refugees, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the private sector to improve the lives and livelihoods of refugees all over the world ...


Tech For Good: Irisguard

Tech For Good:

Tech for Good is a section dedicated to highlighting how technology is changing the humanitarian and development sector. In this issue, Imad Malhas, IrisGuard Founder and CEO shares his views on tech for good.  


Spotlight On NGO: Friendship

Spotlight On NGO:

Far from being delivered in a scattered or uncoordinated manner, Friendship's programmes are aimed systematically at strengthening the targeted communities as a whole, thereby nurturing opportunity, dignity and hope and allowing them to move towards greater wellbeing and autonomy.


Hero-Path Breaker: Peter Tabichi

Hero-Path Breaker: Peter Tabichi

"I thank the White House for giving me this platform so I can share my story"

Peter Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. His dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his student’s talent has led his poorly-resourced school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions. He is also the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize winner. 


Can PPPS Help Governments Deliver Their Development Projects?

Can PPPS Help Governments Deliver Their Development Projects?

By Dr Mohan Kaul, President of the Indian Professionals Forum and Executive Chairman of Global Investment Advisory Ltd.

This month saw Uganda host its first-ever high profile Public-Private Partnership (PPP) conference with a focus on infrastructural development.

At the same time, The Dubai government's Department of Finance has set up a new public-private partnership unit, which will encourage the development of projects and initiatives that can be funded by global infrastructure investors.

Increasingly, governments are seeking novel ways to fund development projects. The reason being government budgets are shrinking.