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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 09:00 - Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 17:30 (BST)

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Three agreements signed in 2015 challenged the global community to greater levels of collaborative and transformative action: the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

These agreements are now meeting turbulent and uncertain times, which are also challenging the value of facts and knowledge and how they contribute to societies.

This symposium is for people from INGOs and donor organisations, academia and think tanks.

Together we will learn from initiatives about what is really working to transform systems away from fragility and vulnerability towards greater resilience. In the light of recent experience and enriched by cutting edge thinking, we will ask – what more can we do? How can we better work together to co-create a resilient, just and sustainable world? How can we strengthen collaboration and bring others along with us to build resilient solutions in this time of change?


Time Event
9:00-9:30 Registration and refreshments
9.30 - 10.15


Keynote address: Professor Rosalind Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute, Reading University

10.20 -11.00

How the humanitarian system is transforming to enhance resilience

Camilla Knox-PeeblesOxfam Global Humanitarian Unit

Urbanisation: how the concept of resilience helps and hinders urban development

 Arabella Fraser, Overseas Development Institute 

Richard Friend,York University

11.00 - 11.30 Refreshments 
11.30 – 13.00

Resilience and transformations

The world is transforming rapidly, and in multiple dimensions – through
globalisation, through market transformations, technologically, socially,
politically, ecologically, and not least through climate change. How should
development policy and practice respond? Is there a need to do
development differently? If so, how? And how can resilience thinking and
practice help us? In this session we will respond to these questions from our
own experience, through hearing three case studies, and through panel

Moderated by John Colvin, Emerald Network 

Eva LudiOverseas Development Institute 
Lisa Horrocks, Mott MacDonald
Nick Brooks, Garama 3C Ltd
Ronald Wesso, Oxfam South Africa

 13.00 -13.30 Market place: an opportunity to share materials and ideas 
 13.30 -14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.45 Perspectives on Social Protection and resilience

Moderated by Camilla Knox-PeeblesOxfam

Arjen Sterk – Mott MacDonald

Clare O’Brien – OPM

Montse Pantaleoni – European Commission 

Stephen Kidd – Dev. Pathways

Perspectives on Water and Sanitation and resilience

Moderated by Jola Miziniak, Oxfam

Ken Caplan, Partnerships in Practice

Rob Hope, Oxford University

Vincent Casey, Water Aid

15.45 – 16.00  Refreshments
16.00 – 17.15 World Cafe - Reflecting on the day, synthesis and close

Day 2 
9.00 - 9.30 Registration and refreshments
 9.30 – 11.00

 Creating new knowledge for resilient development: how can researchers,  practitioners and communities better work together for development impact?


 Eloise Meller - Research Councils UK

 Maarten Van Aalst – Red Cross/Crescent Climate Centre

Rebecca Nadin  - ODI

11.00 11.30 Refreshments
11.30 -12.15 

Learning lab: Partnerships

How to make effective partnerships for sustainable development

Ken Caplan, Partnerships in Practice

Learning lab: Pathways to Impact

A workshop for researchers and practitioners to develop research to development impact pathways

Daniel Morchain, Oxfam

12.15 – 13.30

Governance: what is the role of governance in resilient development?

This session we will look at two aspects of governance – one being voice, empowerment and participation and the other institutional systems and the rule of law. We will look at the relationship between them and why both are necessary if we are to achieve resilient development.

Moderator TBC


Giorgia Prati, University of Southampton

Helen Jeans, ACCRA/Oxfam

Jean Boulton, Bath University
Rebecca Murphy, Christian Aid

13.30 -14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.45

Measuring Resilience

Moderated by Claire HutchingsOxfam

Weather Insurance and Resilience: A critical look at what the evidence is showing us

Moderated by Debbie Hillier, Oxfam

Brendan Plessis, XL Catlin
Jonathan Reeves, Action Aid
Nicola Jenns, DFID
Swenja Surminski, LSE

15.45 – 16.00 Refreshments
16.00 – 16.30 Synthesis and Closing the Event  


Can I join virtually?

Sorry not this time. This is a face to face event. We will be blogging and tweeting and sharing videos, reports and papers via the blog site:

Can I come to one day or part of the day?

Yes you can and please register.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The venue can not provide parking and Oxford has limited options. Public transport is recommended. The train and coach stations are a 15 minute walk away. Taxis are available at the train and coach station.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Helen Jeans on

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Can I update my registration information?

Yes please do 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes but please do let me know if you are passing your place to someone else in your organisation. 

Please register by June 23, 2017. 

Do you have questions about Resilient Solutions: Strengthening collaboration in a time of change? Contact Oxfam

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Oxford University, Dept. of International Development
3 Mansfield Road
OX1 3TB Oxford
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 09:00 - Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 17:30 (BST)

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