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Systems Thinking as a Response to the Global Refugee Crisis
March 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
March 29, 2018| 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
NEW NEID Offices, 75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116
The world is witnessing the highest levels of human displacement ever recorded. Today 65 million people have been forced from their homes due to violence and persecution. Of these, more than 22 million have crossed an international border and are considered refugees. Most live without social safety nets and are deprived of basic rights.
On average, a refugee remains in exile for more than 17 years. Many countries in Africa are hosting their third generation of refugees born in exile. The current “care and maintenance” approach to humanitarian assistance, which focuses on providing emergency aid year after year, is no longer fit for purpose.
Can models of systems change address the burgeoning needs of this community? A group of stakeholders from the philanthropy, nonprofit and business sectors believe that it can and are mobilizing to collectively promote opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant and contributing members of their host communities.
We will gather together in Boston for a discussion on the potential application of systems thinking as a response to the global refugee crisis.