This year the French Red Cross Foundation will hold its annual international conference on 1 and 2 July in Reunion Island on the theme of “Humanitarian Transition in the Indian Ocean”. Co-organised with PIROI, the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), and the University of Reunion Island, the conference will endeavour to analyse what changes are underway, examine the most significant issues, and create a dialogue between academic and humanitarian stakeholders. It will also seek to better define, understand, and anticipate the humanitarian transition taking place in the Small Island States of the south-west Indian Ocean in relation to neighbouring continental countries.

A series of round tables will address six different themes over the two days. Each of them will involve discussions between four different stakeholders and will focus on a specific aspect of humanitarian transition in the region:

  1. What humanitarian transition for the Indian Ocean?
  2. Organising regional cooperation: a humanitarian challenge
  3. Is institutionalising disaster response a successful strategy?
  4. Accessing healthcare and epidemic response: public health and community-based approach
  5. How can communities achieve a sustainable risk culture? Limits and levers for action
  6. Putting science at the service of humanitarian action: how to strengthen ties between scientific and operational stakeholders in the Indian Ocean

More information can be found on the French Red Cross Foundation website.