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Webinar 16 – Humanitarian Assistance in Conflict Environments: Resources and Approaches

Webinar Date & Time: Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 EST. Click here to view the webinar recording.

Webinar Description: Wale Osofisan and George Readings from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shared some of the IRC’s resources and approaches used to design conflict sensitive humanitarian assistance programs. Two Theories of Change pertaining to Safety and Power were presented, as well as lessons learned from the IRC’s experiences in Syria and Iraq.

Speaker Bios:

Wale Osofisan is a Senior Technical Advisor for Governance at the International Rescue Committee UK (IRC). He joined the IRC in September 2012 and has over 15 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. Wale’s key area of expertise is context analysis – a challenging aspect of humanitarian assistance – understanding the complex environments we work in so we do no harm, but also deliver better outcomes for the people we serve. Wale provides direct technical support to IRC country programs. He currently leads the country support technical advisory team within IRC’s Governance Technical Unit. Prior to joining the IRC, he worked in technical advisory roles at Plan UK and HelpAge International UK and as a program associate with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nigeria. Wale holds a PhD in Post-war Recovery and Development Studies and an MSc in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security.

George Readings is the Humanitarian Analysis Advisor for IRC’s Middle East region. His work focuses on supporting IRC teams to better understand the contexts within which they are working, and in particular to identify the humanitarian implications of political and conflict trends occurring at the local, national, regional and geopolitical levels. Before joining IRC Middle East in December 2015, George worked for a London-based political and security risk consultancy, advising corporate clients working in complex contexts. He has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and has also studied at the University of Damascus.


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