Palestine Resilience Conference 2016
From Sumud to Transformative Resilience
The First Palestine Resilience Conference (PRC) 2016 – From Sumud to Transformative Resilience will be held on 24-25 November 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Organized jointly by the Government of Palestine and the United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP), the Conference will provide the space where practitioners, donors, government actors, non-government actors, and the private sector will meet to think-plan-deliver on how to influence resilience-based programming across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
What is the Palestine Resilience Conference
After almost 50 years of protracted occupation, limited developmental progress, socio-economic stagnation or deterioration, and political deadlock, donors and other stakeholders have been questioning the efficacy of the current aid paradigm and its applicability to Palestine, where a unique situation of recurrent humanitarian crises and urgent development needs, sometimes termed as ‘de-development,’ persist. The First Palestine Resilience Conference (PRC) 2016 will address key questions and concerns of various stakeholders including whether there is another way to more effectively deliver humanitarian and development interventions that result in real on the ground change and empower individuals, communities, and institutions to become less vulnerable to shocks? Through the conference, key actors will address the below questions:
1. What is resilience- theory and practice?
2. How can resilience-based approaches support the Palestinian project of self-determination against Israeli occupation and siege?
3. How can resilience be built and integrated into existing aid policy and programming?
4. How can we measure the impact of resilience-based aid programming?
5. How does resilience thinking relate to the Palestinian narrative of Sumud (steadfastness)? What are the links and how to harness them for concrete solutions for Palestinians?
The conference will also seek to review and reinvigorate the Palestinian resilience conceptual, programmatic, operational, as well as policy framework.