The 2016 GPF Conference, entitled People on the Move, will consider the implications of what may be the new normal as people are moving at historically unprecedented rates. It will consider the conditions under which migrations occur, the implications of each and the role that philanthropy can play in addressing the causes, enabling the transitions and mitigating the impact.
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People on the Move
April 4 at 11:00 AM PST
People on the move are challenging class claims, blurring boundaries, redefining nations and asserting their own individual and cultural identities. As a result, labor markets are changing, social orders are evolving and states are transforming. This is a moment of transition. How can we mitigate the inherent dangers in the interregnum and embrace the positive changes, such as the opportunities being brought forth by technology and networks?
Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council; Vice President, The Aspen Institute
Chris Stone, President, Open Society Foundations
Special Address by Minister of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon Elias Bou Saab
April 4 at 1:00 PM PST
Filling the Gaps in Humanitarian Aid
April 4 at 1:20 PM PST
Over the past fifteen years, the demand for humanitarian aid has increased dramatically. The world currently spends $25 billion to provide assistance to 125 million people, and according to a UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, another $15 billion is required to adequately meet the needs of those affected by violent conflict, natural disaster, demographic shifts and rapid urbanization, among other circumstances. As a result, the humanitarian sector is undergoing a period of self-reflection with the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016. What has been learned and where is the sector heading? What is the role of public, private and social sector actors in filling the gaps in aid? And what is the unique role of philanthropy in both addressing the root causes of humanitarian crises and increasing the pool of available resources?
Guy Cave, Managing Director, Geneva Global
Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Zouera Youssoufou, CEO, Dangote Foundation
MODERATOR Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Meeting the Immediate and Long-term Needs of the Displaced
April 5 at 8:30 AM PST
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in 2014 there were nearly 60 million refugees and IDPs worldwide — the highest number since World War II. What is the social sector’s role in meeting the immediate needs of the most vulnerable while at the same time, creating long-term strategies for ensuring the security and well-being of those forced to flee their homes?
Jeanne Bourgault, CEO, Internews
Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Founder and CEO, Village Health Works
Amy Rao, Founder and CEO, Integrated Archive Systems
Alexander Betts, Leopold W. Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
MODERATOR Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint
Leveraging Culture and Traditions
April 5 at 1:00 PM PST
Development that is sensitive to local circumstances builds tolerance for differences, engages many stakeholders and is more likely to succeed and be sustained. How can culture and traditions be leveraged to build inclusive societies? And what is the role of traditional leaders in this process?
Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda, Queen of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda
The Search for Belonging through Violent Extremist Networks
April 5 at 2:00 PM PST
According to the UN, an estimated 15,000 radicals from more than 80 nations have joined extremist groups. These networks have become increasingly diverse, attracting youth from different religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This session will consider why this is the case; the threat extremist groups pose to individuals, societies and states; and the ways in which civil society organizations, philanthropists, policymakers and business leaders are working together to advance political pluralism and social tolerance and prevent disaffection and radicalization.
Shamil Idriss, President and CEO, Search for Common Ground
Will McCants, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary, Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council
MODERATOR Jane Wales
The Jobs Challenge
April 6 at 9:00 AM PST
People in fast growing economies are experiencing social and economic mobility for the first time, joining the middle class. Producers and makers are finding new markets for their commodities or wares, entrepreneurs are better able to access capital and customers, and job seekers are better able to connect with potential employers. Networks and knowledge are not only enabling economic growth and opportunity, but they are changing the very nature of work. Yet the “jobs challenge” remains so long as there is a short supply of the skills required for the jobs that await. What models exist for closing the skills gap? Moreover, how might employers better signal the skills they seek, and job seekers convey the skills they’ve attained, sometimes in non-traditional ways? How might each leverage networks to connect to one another?
Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative
Karan Chopra, Co-founder and Partner, [email protected]
Joshua Oigara, CEO, KCB Group
Shai Reshef, President, University of the People
MODERATOR Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
Special Address by Antony Blinken, United States Deputy Secretary of State
April 6 at 10:45 AM PST
Philanthropy’s Role: Solving for Crisis while Taking the Long View
April 6 at 11:15 AM PST
War, violent extremism and the resulting migrant crisis threaten human security in the Levant and well beyond. In the face of tragedy, private philanthropies and those they support seek to help. Their near-term goal is to alleviate the suffering. Over the longer term they hope to advance economic development and societal resilience so that future crises can be averted. Leaders of philanthropies in the region, Europe and the US will share their perspectives with GPF members. What assets — tangible and intangible — does philanthropy bring to the table?
Fayeeza Naqvi, Co-founder and Chairman, The Aman Foundation
Donna Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation
MODERATOR Daniel Schwartz, CEO, Porticus