NY 4/22: Invitation to 2017 Ideas in Action Summit – Reform Refugee Response

New York, 3 April — The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Ideation Worldwide, alongside UN Habitat and other notable agencies invite innovative minds from around the world to convene in New York on April 22 at the Ideas in Action Summit: Reform Refugee Response, to discuss and present new ideas for solving displacement issues faced by individuals living in refugee settlements.

“IOM is pleased to partner with Ideation Worldwide on the Ideas in Action Summit, with a view to fostering cooperation and partnerships and strengthening the global governance of migration” said Ashraf El Nour, Director of IOM’s Office to the United Nations in New York.

Featuring a range of interactive speeches from experts in the field, including keynote speaker Anthony Kwame Appiah, a professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University, the summit will explore current refugee crises including European migration, displacement of refugees in the Middle East and the transition of temporary refugee centres in Africa to permanent settlements.

A photo exhibit by IOM drawing attention to the plight of migrants in vulnerable situations around the world will also be on display at the Summit. The photo exhibit emphasizes the growing scale of new forms of migration-related humanitarian challenges, both internally and across borders.

The highlight of the summit, Place and Displacement, is an inaugural competition which aims to challenge students and young professionals all around the world to create interdisciplinary design and policy solutions to address refugee livelihoods in Kenya, Jordan and Germany. Three winning submissions have already been selected from hundreds of entries by an expert jury made up of diplomats, architects and development practitioners, and will compete for the top prize at the summit.

The summit provides a fantastic opportunity for students, professionals and the general public to interact with experts in the field of international development. Registration for the event is now closed, but audience can still engage with the panels and ask questions through watching the livestream at https://www.facebook.com/ideationworldwide/.

For more information on the event, please visit ideation.world/summit.  For further information, please contact summit@ideation.world.


Ideation Worldwide is an organisation with the aim to place high-performance social innovation at the top of the international development agenda.