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This session is a World Cafe style session where different organizations will share their experiences on different topics. Participants will rotate from table to table to learn and exchange knowledge and best practices.
Dispatches from the frontlines of a conflict caused by climate change
All is not well in the Lake Chad Basin. Lake Chad, which used to provide a lifeline for millions of people who lived within its basin in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, has almost dried up due in part to climate change. The Boko Haram Islamist insurgency there has triggered a major humanitarian catastrophe, which is particularly affecting Northeast Nigeria with 20,000 people killed and 3 million displaced people. Following 3 years of research involving displaced communities, local activists, journalists, academics and government officials in Nigeria, Social Action and Development and Peace present the report, “Boiling Over: Global Warming, Hunger and Violence in the Lake Chad Basin”, which examines the underlying conditions that enabled the growth of violent extremism in this region, and will address the need to integrate urgent humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict in the Lake Chad Basin with sustained climate change adaptation measures and the overall strengthening of local civil society.
Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, the official development agency of the Catholic Church in Canada, works in over 30 countries. Its partner organization, Social Action, is a leading Nigerian NGO working to promote resource democracy, social justice and human rights, which focuses on research, education and advocacy.
Healing in Harmony – Innovation and Strategic Partnerships
Practical learning from Make Music Matter, a smaller Canadian NGO who developed and tested an innovative idea, formed strategic partnerships with affiliates like World Vision to scale the innovation, and enhanced their global impact through private sector collaborations such as the one with Warner Music Canada. Focusing on the partnership with World Vision Canada, this is an opportunity to learn more about Make Music Matter’s approach and the key elements that helped each partner decide
to invest time and resources in the project. Finally, this session will share additional opportunities for testing innovative solutions and building capacity within the sector.
Make Music Matter’s Healing in Harmony program provides music therapy for survivors of sexual violence and other traumas, as well as those who care for them. Currently they have programs in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Guinea, Uganda, South Africa, Turkey, and Peru. They plan to start operations in Canada in early 2020.
World Vision Canada is a global relief, development and advocacy organization empowering children, families and their communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
SPUR Change and the Fund for Innovation and Transformation support small and medium sized organizations. Both are programs of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils, with funding provided by Global Affairs Canada.
Children on the Move: Child protection in an era of migration
This panel explores the challenges inherent to child protection in times of migration. For children on the move, and children migrating more generally, issues of protection are paramount: we know that too many children experience violations of their right to protection. Children on the move refers to children who have been trafficked, children who migrate, children displaced by conflict and natural disasters, and children who live and work in the streets. These children face violations of their right to protection, but also their rights to education, physical and mental health, participation, play, and more.
We know that there are interventions that work in terms of ensuring that children can realize their rights, even in challenging situations involving migration. These interventions include: preventing unsafe migration; peace-building in schools; improving child protection systems; protecting internally displaced children; and providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services to youth. In this interactive and engaging session, panelists from the International Child Protection Network of Canada will raise questions, present case studies from their organization’s work, and examine what it means to do child protection in an era of migration.