UOSSM USA Organizes Breakout Session at Interaction Forum 2017

UOSSM USA is organizing a breakout session at the Interaction Forum 2017 entitled “Re-envisioning Partnership in Humanitarian Response: Insights from Syria” this session is scheduled for Thursday June 22 at 9:00-10:30 a.m. The Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 through Thursday, June 22. 

UOSSM is honored to be a part of this important gathering of international development and humanitarian professionals. As an alliance organization in Washington DC, Interaction serves as a convener, thought leader and voice of our community. It’s 180-plus members are united in a commitment to working with the world's poor and vulnerable, and a belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place.

UOSSM USA’s “Re-envisioning Partnership in Humanitarian Response: Insights from Syria” session will examine challenges and opportunities of local and international partnership faced in Syria. Seven years into the Syrian crisis, there is increased awareness of the need to provide capacity building support to national and local actors implementing humanitarian programs and examine more deeply what partnership means in localizing the humanitarian response. Can we begin to realize the humanitarian community’s Grand Bargain, and its commitment to allocate 25% of global humanitarian funding to national responders by 2020, in Syria?

Together, panelists and participants will identify changes that re-envision partnership in Syria and the next crisis.

Our esteemed moderator and panelists are:

Moderator: Julien Schopp, Director of Humanitarian Practice, Interaction


Mais Balkhi, Advocacy & Outreach Manager, Syria Relief and Development

Hakan Bilgin, President, Dunya Doktorlari Dernegi (Doctors of the World)

Dr. Lina Murad, Board Member, Syrian American Medical Society

Dr. Mahmoud Hariri, Research Director, UOSSM International, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Humanitarian Initiative, Scholar at Risk Program Mahmoud goes by the name Abdulaziz and has been a trauma surgeon in Syria. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Humanitarian Imitative through the Scholars at Risk program. This program’s main purpose is to provide a safe environment for a scholar to pursue research and scholarly or artistic interests; it is not envisaged as an opportunity to mobilize political support on the issues giving rise to the scholar's predicament (though such activity is not excluded). Dr. Hariri is a surgeon and former faculty member of Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine. Since the start of the war, he has dedicated his life to providing trauma care to all in need, as well as training junior physicians under his supervision to do the same. In addition, Dr. Hariri was the Director of Research for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations and was a focal point for most NGOs operating inside Syria. In this role, he led a nationwide survey of hospitals to identify their capacity to provide trauma care.

Dr. Mahmoud Hariri holds a Doctorate of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University, and a Master’s Degree in General Surgery, faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University.

To join us for this session and the Interaction Forum 2017 please go to https://www.interaction.org/forum/attend to register.

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