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I.I.P.P Research Sri Lanka

Breaking the Mould Conference 1-3 August 2012

Members of the audience including right to left: Professor Joy Palmer-Cooper, Durham University and Director, Durham Project Sri Lanka; Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive Director Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka; Vice Chancellor and Warden Professor Christopher Higgins,

Participants including: Professor Joy Palmer-Cooper; Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive Director Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka; Vice Chancellor and Warden Professor Christopher Higgins; Niels Scott, Chief of the Disaster and Vulnerability Policy Section in UN OCHA

Baroness Valerie Amos, Head of the Office for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations; Professor Abye Tasse of Nouakchott University in Mauritania; Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka; and Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul of the University KwaZulu Natal in South Africa gave keynote addresses at the Breaking the Mould Conference on humanitarian aid and other forms of intervention aimed at mitigating risk and rebuilding lives before, during and after disasters ranging from 'natural' to (hu)man-made ones including armed conflict at the Calman Learning Centre at Durham University from 1 to 3 August 2012.  The conference, organized by Professor Lena Dominelli, Associate Director of IHRR and Professor of Applied Social Sciences in the School of Applied Social Sciences, had participants from 15 countries consider what relief workers could do to build resilience in communities in disaster-prone areas in partnerships under the control and direction of local victim-survivors of such disasters.  Participants underscored the importance of having contextualized, locality specific and culturally relevant interventions and explored issues that humanitarian aid workers have to consider when they engage with victim-survivors.

Watch video highlights from the conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDKzgwexC58&feature=youtu.be

 

Programme for Breaking the Mould Conference

Calman Centre, Durham University

DAY 1 – 1st August 2012

08:30 – 10:30         Registration

10:00 – 10:30         Coffee

10:30 – 10:45         Welcome and Introduction - Professor Lena Dominelli

10:45 – 11:30         Plenary

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor Joy Palmer-Cooper and Dr. Tom Vickers, Durham University, Durham, UK
Internationalising Institutional and Professional Practices: Part 1 (Vickers); Part 2 (Dominelli); Part 3 (Palmer-Cooper)

 

11:30 – 13:00         Workshop Presentations – NGO Roles - Chair: Professor Gary Craig

Dr. Rachana Patni, Brunel University, UK
 
Anna Wood, World Vision International, Switzerland
 
Kholodtsova Maria Evgenevna, Union of Social Workers and Social Pedagogues, Russia
 

13:00 – 14:00         Lunch

14:00 – 15:30         Opening Ceremony and Introductions

Professor Lena Dominelli, Programme Outline and Sichuan Earthquake Video

Chair: Vice Chancellor and Warden, Professor Christopher Higgins, Welcome and  Introductions

Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
‘Breaking the Mould’: The search for new models in humanitarian aid
 
The Hon. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, UK Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, UK
How local government can work with communities to prepare for disasters
 
15:30 – 16:00         Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30         Workshop Presentations – Humanitarian Interventions - Chair: Professor David Cooper

Dr Vivien Margaret Walden, Oxfam GB; Danny Mcavoy, Roger Few and Marcela Tarazona, University of East Anglia, UK
 
Annamaria Capanini, Milano Bicocca University and EASSW Past President; Anna Canovi, Social worker in Parma Province, Italy
 
Local capacities and partnerships in emergency assistance
Katherine Nightingale, Christian Aid, UK
 

18:15 – 19:00         Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle Tour

19:00 – 20:00         Drink Reception in Durham Castle

20:00 – 22:00         Conference Dinner in the Durham Castle Dining Room

  

DAY 2 – 2nd August 2012

08:30 – 09:00         Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:45         Plenary - Chair: Professor Joy Palmer-Cooper

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive Director Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka
 

 09:45 – 11:15         Workshop Presentations – Research in Politically Contentious Arenas - Chair: Professor David Devine

Professor Shula Ramon, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
 
Experience of a local researcher working with international colleagues
Kanthi Perera, Local Researcher, ESRC Sri Lanka Project, Sri Lanka
 
Naomi Pendle, Bristol University, UK; Mareike Schomerus, London School of Economics, UK
 
Professor Sunil Shantha, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Local Researcher, ESRC Sri Lanka Project, Sri Lanka
 

11:15 – 11:30         Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00         Workshop Presentations – Health Disasters - Chair: Helen Charnley

Professor Suman Fernando, London Metropolitan University, UK, Consultant to the TGH Program in Sri Lanka; Mr. Chamindra Weerackody, Consultant Sociologist and Project Lead in Sri Lanka for the TGH Program, Sri Lanka
 
Jane Gilbert, Independent Consultant Psychologist, UK
 
Shuei Kozu, Social worker at Children's Hospital in Boston and Ph.D. candidate at Simmons College, USA
 

13:00 – 14:00         Lunch

14:00 – 14:45         Plenary - Chair: Professor Joy Palmer-Cooper

Professor Abye Tasse, University of Nouakchott, Mauritania
 

14:45 – 16:15         Workshop Presentations – Humanitarian Aid - Chair: Dr. David Jones

Rebuilding for resilience: Post-disaster reconstruction of the built environment
Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, Dr. Richard Haigh, The University of Salford, UK
 
Martha Kabaka, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
 
Ahmed Parvez, Md. Nurul Amin, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh University of Salford, UK
 

16:15 – 16:30         Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00         Workshop Presentations – Capacity Building - Chair: Mr Phil Heslop

Dr. Julie Drolet, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
 
Dr. Subhangi Herath, University of Colombo, ESRC Sri Lanka Project Consultant, Sri Lanka
 
A tale of collaboration
Professor Bogdan Lesnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, ESRC Sri Lanka Project Consultant, Slovenia
 

18:15 – 19:15         Durham Castle Tour or Durham University Palace Green Library Tour

 

DAY 3 – 3rd August 2012

08:00 – 08:30         Registration and Coffee

08:30 –10:00          Workshop Presentations – Resilience - Chair: Dr. Vasilios Ioakimidis

Chamindi Malalgoda, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, Dr.Richard Haigh, The University of Salford, UK
 
D.A.Harrop, Council member and previous national chair (BASW), UK
 
Mental health and psychosocial support in a global context: An examination of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines in Assessing Disaster Response and Efforts in Haiti and China
Chelsea Hampton, Lindsay Williams, So`Nia L. Gilkey, Tulane School of Social Work, USA
 

10:00 – 10:45         Plenary - Chair: Professor Lena Dominelli

Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul, KwaZulu Natal University, South Africa
 

10:45 – 11:00         Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30         Workshop Presentations – Hazard, Risk and Resilience in Disaster Interventions - Chair: Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne

Udayangani Kulatunga, Gayan Wedawatta, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Salford, UK
 
Hollie Carr, University of Oxford, UK
 
Ayesha Akter, A.K.M., Abdul Ahad Biswas, Ahmed Parvez, Md. Shamsuzzoha, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh, University of Salford, UK
 

12:30 –13:30          Lunch

13:30 – 15:00         Workshop Presentations - Forming Egalitarian Partnerships - Chair: Professor Sarah Banks

Nadir Nadiruzzaman, Durham University, UK
 
Kai Zhu, Zhejiang Normal University, China
 
Holly Ann Scheib, Tulane University School of Public Health, USA; Ahmad Bawaneh, International Medical Corps Mental Health and Psychosocial Program Director, Jordan
 

15:00 – 15:45         Closing Plenary  - Chair: Professor Sarah Curtis, Executive Director, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University

Professor Dave Petley, Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk, Durham University, UK
Complexity in the anticipation of hazard and risk, and in the development of resilience
 

15:45 – 16:00         Closing Remarks, Professor Lena Dominelli

16:00 – 16:30         Coffee and Departures  

 

Baronness Valerie Amos, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Vice Chancellor and Warden Professor Christopher Higgins, Durham University

The Hon, Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, UK Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Vice Chancellor and Warden Professor Christopher Higgins, Durham University

Professor Lena Dominelli, The Hon. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, UK Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Baronness Valerie Amos, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)