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August 2020

Dear all,

The world as we know it is at a critical juncture today. Poverty, inequality and injustice are just some of the many problems that the world faces. These great challenges cannot be solved by just one actor or intervention, no matter how large the investment or will. We must act collaboratively and should always remember: we are in this together. We must reaffirm our collective commitment to multilateralism and re-double our efforts to achieve the SDGs. The task of the next decade is indeed great but today’s challenges also present the opportunity to do things differently and better. 

The World Humanitarian Forum is a point of departure, not arrival. In this 10th special edition of WHF Talks, our CEO lead one-on-one conversations special guests, Stephanie Draper, CEO of Bond, Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children International and Marcia Belisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility from RELX; our working paper on “Challenging Gender Inequality” based on our Gender webinar with Philanthropist Mandy Sanghera, Olga LaBelle from Mastercard, Tessy Anthony de Nassau from Finding Butterflies, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen from Plan International, Henriette Kolb from International Finance Corporation and Genevieve Boutin from UNICEF; and an article on “Demystifying the risks in Cash and Voucher Assistance” from Save the Children International. 

I would like to thank all the contributors to the 10th issue of WHF Talks. I would also like to thank all of you who made our inaugural WHF New York Digital Forum last week a raging success. Your support drives us and strengthens our belief in what we do. As the United Nations turns 75 and as the decade of action is upon us, WHF reinforces its commitment to further and enable cross-sector dialogue. We are looking forward to engaging with each of you on the issues and topics that are at the forefront of the international agenda. 

I hope you enjoy this issue.

Yours sincerely, 

Feraye Ozfescioglu

CEO, WHF

Welcome to WHF Talks 10!

WHF Talks.Live: Ms. Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bond

WHF Talks.Live: Ms. Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bond

Earlier this year, UK Prime minister Boris Johnson, announced the merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the decision opened a great deal of controversy. In this interview, Bond’s chief executive, Ms. Stephanie Draper analyses the impact of this merger for international investors, questions of how the British government should continue to support international development efforts and the main concerns and potential consequences surrounding the merger, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

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WHF Talks.Live: Ms. Inger Ashing, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Save the Children International

WHF Talks.Live: Ms. Inger Ashing, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Save the Children International

In this interview with Ms. Inger Ashing, our CEO discusses the mission of Save the Children and how it ties into the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The talk features an in-depth analysis of key issues like the consequences of deep cuts to education sectors for children, the recent humanitarian disaster in Beirut in relation to the wider issue of child homelessness and how STC is adapting its work to protect vulnerable children during the times of COVID19. It also brings an examination of how the youth of today may be equipped with the necessary knowledge to drive sustainable goals forward. 

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WHF Talks.Live: Dr. Marcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

WHF Talks.Live: Dr. Marcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

The RELX Group is a well-recognised leader in corporate responsibility in the business world. In this interview, the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility of RELX, Dr. Marcia Balisciano, provides insight about its core values, their projects for setting public corporate responsibility goals, examine the various ways and works through which RELX supports the UN SDGs, as well as the challenges and risks companies, face if they do not take corporate responsibility seriously.

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Publication

WORKING PAPERS  Webinar 8: Challenging Gender Inequality - Promoting SDG 5 in the times of COVID-19

WORKING PAPERS  Webinar 8: Challenging Gender Inequality - Promoting SDG 5 in the times of COVID-19

The World Humanitarian Forum believes that there are numerous ways in which women and girls can be further empowered, whether this is through increased technological innovations such as online counselling services or improving access to digital IDs which will enable women and girls to have increased access to humanitarian services. While technological solutions are to be commended, all humanitarian actors must consider issues such as leaving no one behind or indeed a lack of connectivity. Issues such as a lack of educational services, lack of access to contraceptives and increased childhood mortality rates have been exacerbated by COVID-19. This pandemic has shown us, caregivers, at a local and international level need to further provide tools that empower communities. 

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Announcements

Youth Council

Youth Council

We are proud to announce WHF’s Youth Council, where we will bring together youth representatives from our partnering organizations to provide strategic guidance, build dialogue and help create a new, focus agenda on youth empowerment and engagement. The Youth  Council will help to ensure that our long-standing commitment and mission to reach out to youth communities is realized.

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Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund

Our call for action to all innovators and donor partners to join forces. WHF London 2021 will be a pitching stage for innovators as well as an exhibit opportunity. So don’t miss out on this challenge to support ground-breaking solutions that allow communities to respond to emergencies and take steps to shape the feature for a better tomorrow.

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Article

Demystifying the risks in Cash and Voucher Assistance - Bilal Khanzada

Demystifying the risks in Cash and Voucher Assistance - Bilal Khanzada

Humanitarian assistance has taken different forms in different contexts, in search of accountability and the need to demonstrate how donations are reaching beneficiaries, systems and processes of assistance are getting more and more diverse. Cash transfer programmes have long been a tool used in the humanitarian sector but its sceptics are still many. Bilal Khanzada from Save the Children International sheds light on the need to demystify the risks that surround cash and voucher assistance in the humanitarian sector. 

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