06 DECEMBER 2014: SPARKING NEW CONVERSATION IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION

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© Edouard Elias

WHY THIS EVENT? WHY NOW?­


The Syrian crisis has now planted its deep roots in Lebanon with more than 1,3 million refugees. While a lot of attention is rendered to statistics and statements about response plans, recovery and resilience/stabilization, less is said about innovative projects that could tackle, at the same time, protection threats for refugees and general economic degradation for host communities, when more and more Lebanese people falling below the poverty line.

The Lebanese civil society is a wonderful source of inspiration. Social medias and social entrepreneurs platforms constitute a unique opportunity to generate inspiration, stimulate awareness and provide innovative solutions to respond to all the dimensions of vulnerability brought by the Syrian crisis.

How to apply innovative approaches and how to create an environment to allow out-of-the-box thinking and inspiration to act differently as humanitarian actor? How to encourage networking and discussions between social and economic actors of change and humanitarian actors who barely meet together, in order to gain a better understanding of how innovation can enhance humanitarian action?

Discovering new social business model interacting with different sectors of the economy and the society, learning from their “drive”, comprehending how to reach sustainable social change/impact, all these triggers should constitute for us new sources of inspiration to generate new approaches, new ways of thinking and new projects.


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