Beyond the crisis: communication, engagement and accountability in forced migration settings.

Conflicts, natural disasters and inequality have forced more than 70 million people from their homes – the highest number ever.

One of the challenges facing displaced people and host communities is access to reliable information. What role can media play in the context of forced migration? What can be done to provide life-saving information to affected communities? And how can media development organizations contribute to community engagement and accountability mechanisms?

This conference brings together refugees, communication professionals and humanitarian experts to discuss issues of access to information and dialogue in forced migration settings. It presents a unique opportunity for participants from all involved sectors to share their knowledge and experiences, present their organizations and discuss cooperation opportunities.

Date: October 17 – 18, 2019

Venue: Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Registration: To register, please visit: https://p.dw.com/p/3PPcn. The conference is free of charge.

Among the sessions included in the conference are:

Keynote speaker: Shakila Ebrahimkhil, Afghan journalist in exile and recipient of the Activist Human Rights Award

BBC Media Action: Improving Community Engagement in the Rohingya Response
Campji/Al-Jana: Strengthening Refugees by Giving Them a Voice
dahlia: Benefits of Using Video for Increasing the Effectiveness and Usability of Data
FilmAid Kenya: The Power and Influence of Film and Performance Arts in Addressing Information Needs in Emergencies and Displacement Situations
German Development Institute: Communication Across Contexts. Developing, Implementing and Evaluating Information Sharing Strategies for Refugees in Camps and Urban Settings
Handbook Germany: Blueprinting A Digital Information Hub For Future Refugee Camps 
Health Communication Resources: Impact of FM radio in communities displaced by climate events in Mozambique
Helpful Digital: Communication in a Crisis: Interactive Simulation
IOM: Credible Comms in the Fake News Era. Using Digital Storytelling to Collect Feedback and Engage Communities
IOM/Municipalities Network for Integration in Greece: The potential for Multilingual Broadcasting as an Accountability Mechanism
Mercy Corps: Signpost – Access to Safe, Reliable and Accurate Information in the Palm of Your Hand
Translators without Borders: Lost Without Translation. Overcoming Language Barriers in Community Feedback Mechanisms
UNHCR: Rohingya Response. Community Based Protection and Community Engagement Please note that the above sessions may be subject to change.

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