Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to say that the new decade has started with a clear message on development and sustainability. It was delightful to hear HRH Prince of Wales speak passionately about climate change and sustainability at the World Economic Forum 2020.

Feraye Ozfescioglu 

Moreover, with the corporate world veering towards ‘stakeholder capitalism’, we can only hope for more positive actions in the future.

This month also saw the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson host over 21 African governments, 15 presidents, business leaders and NGOs at the UK-Africa Investment Summit. We strongly believe that to achieve the UN SDGs we must work closely with Africa and African institutions. Hence, at our Forum this April we have a special session on Focus on Africa: From hope to possibility to even reality. 

We are gearing towards a very busy 2020 with our second edition of the World Humanitarian Forum (WHF) taking place in London and the first edition of WHF in New York alongside the UNGA in September. We have also established our first overseas branch of the WHF in New York.

We are also glad to b engaging with the youth ambassadors from across the world and delighted to form partnerships with One Young World and Ariel Foundation. This April, we will be launching our inaugural Youth Changemaker Awards 2020.

In this edition of the WHFTalks, we have a special interview with Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, former Secretary of State for International Development and Chair, Unicef UK, wherein he discusses SDGs, foreign aid, and throws light on the challenges faced by young children in today’s world.  We also have an interesting discussion with Mike Shanley, Founder & CEO of Konektid.com who is advising on how NGOs can raise finance for their programmes and projects. In our NGO section, we are profiling scintillating Cinzia Akbaraly and for Tech for Good, we have a special focus on Centauro: A disaster response robot to assist rescue workers to operate safely. We are signing off this news digest with a special profile of young changemakers Melati & Isabel Wijsen who with their determination and spirit have strongly campaigned against the plastic epidemic.


Sincerely,
Feraye Ozfescioglu
CEO, WHF

An interview with Douglas Alexander, former Secretary of State for International Development and Chair, Unicef UK,

An interview with Douglas Alexander, former Secretary of State for International Development and Chair, Unicef UK,

Fighting for a better tomorrow, in an interview with WHFtalks, Douglas Alexander discusses SDGs, foreign aid and UNICEF UK’s campaigns.

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Tech for good: An insight into Centauro

Tech for good: An insight into Centauro

In this issue we report on Centauro: A disaster response robot to assist rescue workers to operate safely. The Centauro robot is capable of performing robust locomotion and harsh interactions that may be necessary during disaster relief tasks. 

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An interview with Mike Shanley, Founder & CEO of Konektid.com

An interview with Mike Shanley, Founder & CEO of Konektid.com

In this interview, Mike discusses funding in the Humanitarian sector and how the International aid sector is changing and why NGOs must keep up.

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Spotlight on NGO: The Akbaraly Foundation

Spotlight on NGO: The Akbaraly Foundation

The Akbaraly Foundation is a humanitarian organization that works to improve living conditions in Madagascar, mainly focusing on women and children’s health. Currently, its projects involving prevention and health care for women and children are located in the poorest areas of the country.

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Changemakers: Melati & Isabel Wijsen

Changemakers: Melati & Isabel Wijsen

Inspired by a school lesson on influential world leaders, Melati founded “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” with her younger sister to organize petitions, awareness-raising campaigns and massive beach clean-ups.

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