International Conference of Good Practices on Refugee Protection

24-26 September 2019

Ankara, Turkey

The call for submissions is now closed

Panelists Now Announced!

Click here to see the list of panelists.

Registration Request Form is Now Open for Spectators!

Click here to access the registration form for spectators. Kindly note that those who wish to register as spectators are required to submit a formal letter of accreditation, stating that they are authorized by their institution to attend the conference. You can upload a digital copy of this letter directly to the registration from. We are able to offer only a limited number of spectator seats, we will be in touch to confirm your registration following your application.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Meet, Share, Inspire

You are cordially invited to ‘Meet, Share, Inspire: International Conference of Good Practices on Refugee Protection,’ co-organized by Support to Life (STL), Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), with support of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. The organizers aim to facilitate knowledge-exchange and experience sharing between organizations working in different geographies, addressing the needs of most disadvantaged persons and groups affected by forced displacement. The 3-day conference will bring together different stakeholders from Turkey and around the world to share their good practices that can be adopted within various contexts including Turkey.

Themes

The organizers are interested in hosting a wide variety of practices ranging across the spectrum from macro level policy to field-level practice. The main categories of themes are the following:

  1. Access to rights and services
  2. Child protection
  3. Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Program

23 September 2019

09:00 – 17:00

Check in

Networking Dinner Event

24 September 2019 – Day 1

08:30 – 09:30

Registration

09:30 – 11:00

Opening Ceremony: Welcoming Speeches

11:00 – 12:00

Reception – Exhibition Launch

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:00

Keynote Speech on Child Protection
14:00 – 15:30

Panel 1: Child Protection

Pınar Şimşek
General Coordinator
Bir İZ Association

Camilla Jones
Senior Program Advisor and Research Focal Point
Family for Every Child

Köksal Banoğlu
General Coordinator
Maltepe District Governorship Foreign Affairs and European Union Projects Office

Julide Ergin, Çağrı Hürmüzlü, Elif Balcı
General Director / Operations and Program Director / Clinical Director
Maya Vakfı

15:30 – 16:00

Break

16:00 – 17:30

Panel 2: Child Protection

David Keegan
CEO
Host International

Mona Hottam
Deputy Director of Psychosocial Services
St Andrew’s Refugee Services

Umut Dilara Baycılı
Program Manager
Mavi Kalem Association

Şenay Yılmaz
Chief at Women’s Counselling Centres and Women’s Shelters
Ankara Metropolitan Municipality

Gala Dinner

25 September 2019 – Day 2

09:00 – 09:30

Summary of Day 1 – Brief Recap

09:30 – 10:00

Keynote Speech on Access to Rights and Services

10:00 – 10:30

Break

10:30 – 12:00
Panel 1: Access to Rights and Services

Anna Hill
Together Project Co-director
Tides Canada

Esther Bernsen
Head of Project Management
Ueber den Tellerrand

Fleur Bakker
Director/Founder and Re-start Coach
Refugee Company

Ragıp Evren Akdoğan
Projects Deputy General Manager
IDEMA

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Panel 2: Access to Rights and Services

Umut Ali Dede
Chairman/Founder
Okmeydanı Social Assistance and Solidarity Association

Rahaf Saad
Product Manager
Small Projects Istanbul

Pınar Okur
Senior Humanitarian and Development Advisor
Upinion

Erkan Can Çakıroğlu
Program Officer
Refugee Support Center

15:00 – 15:30

Break

15:30 – 17:00

Panel 3: Access to Rights and Services

Buthaina Rahal
Founder
Syrian Womens’ Committee

Nur Elçik
Community Center Manager
YUVA

Marguerite Kahrl
Co-founder
Permaculture for Refugee

Lynette Nam
Legal Officer
Justice Center Hong Kong

Dinner

26 September 2019 – Day 3

09:00 – 09:30

Summary of Day 2 – Brief recap

09:30 – 10:00

Keynote speech on SGBV

10:00 – 10:30

Break

10:30 – 12:00

Panel 1: Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Fatma Hacıoğlu Sarıdağ
Humanitarian Program Manager
UNFPA Turkey

Rabi Ahmad
Protection Technical Manager
Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Ala Arafat
Protection Advisor
ActionAid Arab Region

Deeksha Gujral
Legal Consultant
Migration & Asylum Project

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Closure Meeting / Roundtable; one page document on action plan and commitments, press release

Regional Overview

200 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance today, an unsustainable increase from 28 million in 2008.[1] An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home.  Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.[2]

In an atmosphere of widespread conflict and crises, protection strategies are also becoming ever more diverse and it is more important than ever to bring together the plethora of actors from different geographies, facing different challenges, to share their experiences of responding to the needs of displaced people and communities.  

Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world.  According to official figures as of November 2018, the number of registered refugees in Turkey is almost 4 million, with 3.6 million coming from Syria.  Only around 7% of Syrian refugees live in the refugee camps along the Syrian border, while the remaining 93% reside among the host population in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.  

With the support of the European Union and other donors, Turkey and its people have provided humanitarian aid and protection to the millions of refugees.  Many registered refugees have access to public services, including education and healthcare, as well as the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) benefitting almost 1.2 million refugees in the country as of February 2018.  Despite great efforts, a large proportion of refugees are confronted with the challenge of meeting basic needs, accessing health and education services, and finding decent work. This is caused by obstacles to registration with the local authorities, language barriers, overcrowded facilities, hostilities with the local population, and lack of jobs.

In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, reaffirming the importance of the international refugee regime and containing a wide range of commitments to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move.  The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the Plan of Action was followed by the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) in December 2018.

The Conference aims to collect a variety of experiences resulting from the CRRF as well as other practices of refugee protection around the world.  It will provide the space for a diverse profile of participants to share and exchange good practices and lessons learnt in the field of refugee protection.  We hope that the Conference will inspire all those that work to improve the lives of refugees and displaced in Turkey, the region and beyond.

[1] http://devinit.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/GHA-Report-2018.pdf

[2] Based on UNHCR data (https://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html)

Speakers

Pınar Şimşek
General Coordinator
Bir İZ Association

Raed Ataya
Program Coordinator
Development Action Without Borders

Köksal Banoğlu
General Coordinator
Maltepe District Governorship Foreign Affairs and European Union Projects Office

Julide Ergin, Çağrı Hürmüzlü, Elif Balcı *
General Director / Operations and Program Director / Clinical Director
Maya Vakfı

David Keegan
CEO
Host International

Mona Hottam
Deputy Director of Psychosocial Services
St Andrew’s Refugee Services

Umut Dilara Baycılı
Program Manager
Mavi Kalem Association

Şenay Yılmaz
Chief at Women’s Counselling Centres and Women’s Shelters
Ankara Metropolitan Municipality

Anna Hill
Together Project Co-director
Tides Canada

Esther Bernsen
Head of Project Management
Ueber den Tellerrand

Fleur Bakker
Director/Founder and Re-start Coach
Refugee Company

Ragıp Evren Akdoğan
Projects Deputy General Manager
IDEMA

Umut Ali Dede
Chairman/Founder
Okmeydanı Social Assistance and Solidarity Association

Rahaf Saad
Product Manager
Small Projects Istanbul

Pinar Okur
Senior Humanitarian and Development Advisor
Upinion

Erkan Can Çakıroğlu
Program Officer
Refugee Support Center

Buthaina Rahal
Founder
Syrian Womens’ Committee

Nur Elçik
Community Center Manager
YUVA

Marguerite Kahrl
Co-founder
Permaculture for Refugee

Lynette Nam
Legal Officer
Justice Center Hong Kong

Fatma Hacıoğlu Sarıdağ
Humanitarian Program Manager
UNFPA Turkey

Rabi Ahmad
Protection Technical Manager
Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Ala Arafat
Protection Advisor
ActionAid Arab Region)

Deeksha Gujral
Legal Consultant
Migration & Asylum Project

*To Be Confirmed

Organizers

Support to Life is a humanitarian aid organization founded with the principle aim of working with disaster-affected individuals and communities to meet their basic needs and rights. Support to Life works to reduce risks and responds to disasters by building the capacities and increasing the resilience of the most vulnerable communities. Adopting the humanitarian principles, Support to Life works with a commitment to humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence and accountability in Turkey and the surrounding region. STL currently conducts its activities under the framework of four main programs: Emergency Response, Refugee Protection, Child Protection in Seasonal Agriculture and Capacity Building & Coordination.

Directorate General of Migration Management carries on its activities with the aim of practicing policies and strategies regarding the migration area, facilitating the coordination between the agencies and institutes on these issues, carrying out the operations and processes regarding foreigners’ entry into and stay in Turkey, their exit and being deported from Turkey, international protection, temporary protection and the protection of the victims of human trafficking.

The purpose of the establishment of the Directorate General is to ensure that the studies in this field is managed by the mechanisms open to innovation and international cooperation; having expertise, following up-to-date information and developments closely; in brief, the mechanisms which can keep up with the dynamic pattern of the processes.

“We secure survival, we build futures, we prevent suffering.”

For more than 60 years, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has been providing help worldwide, wherever the need is greatest. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe supports people who have become victims of natural disasters, war or displacement and who are unable to overcome the hardship on their own. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe provides help regardless of religion, skin colour and nationality – quickly, reliably and effectively, with minimal red tape.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is part of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V., the Social Service Agency of the German Protestant Church – one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany – with its headquarter in Berlin. For an effective performance Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe closely cooperates with local partners. It is also a member of ACT (Action by Churches Together), the global alliance of churches and aid agencies in the area of humanitarian aid.

Donor

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid. Through its civil protection and humanitarian aid operations department (ECHO), the European Commission helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission’s civil protection and humanitarian aid operations department provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs. For more information, please visit the European Commission’s website.

ATTENDING

Registration

Registrations (for spectators) are not open yet. Registration to the conference will be open once the final list of speakers is announced.  Final list of speakers will be announced on 31.07.2019 at the latest. Please note that the organizers can host a limited number of spectators. However, for those who are unable to attend, the panels will be streamed live on Support to Life’s social media accounts. 

Travel and Accomodation

‘Meet, share, Inspire’ will take place at the conference room …. of Hilton Hotel Kavaklıdere in Ankara.

National and international speakers that are travelling from outside Ankara will be accomodated at Hilton, unless they wish to arrange their accomodation themselves.  The flights of panelists arriving from outside Ankara will also be covered by the organizers. Speakers will begin arriving at conference facilities the afternoon and evening before the conference day. The organizers will liaise with panelists accordingly so that plane tickets can be booked to everyone’s convenience. The transfers from and to Esenboga Airport will also be arranged by the organizers.

The organizers are unfortunately unable to offer travel and accommodation for members of the audience. 

Venue

Located in the city center district Kavaklidere, the Hilton Ankara hotel is near to popular entertainment and shopping spots such as Kızılay Square, and 40-minute drive from Ankara Esenboga Airport.

FAQ

24-26 September 2019, Ankara, Turkey

No. Neither speakers nor the members of the audience are required to pay a participation fee. While accomodation and travel costs of the speakers will be covered by the conference, we unfortunately are unable to cover the costs of other participants. 

The organization will book the accomodation of the speakers. The members of the audience are required to arrange their accomodation themselves.

The speakers will have their flights and their airport transfers arranged by the organization.

Members of the audience will be able to register once the list of speakers is announced (early July). We kindly ask that all those who wish to join register using the registration form.

The call for submissions are closed as of 21.06.2019

While we are unable to offer ‘full-scale’ stands at the conference space, desks will be provided where participating organizations can share their visibility materials such as information leaflets, activity reports, etc. 

To make modifications to your application, please write to us at conference@hayatadestek.org

The final list of panelists will be annouced on 31 July at the latest. 

COMMUNICATIONS

To find out more about the organizers

Support to Life: www.hayatadestek.org

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe: www.diakonie-katastrophenhilfe.de

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management : www.goc.gov.tr

Questions and Queries

Support to Life

Adress: Cenap Şahabettin Sokak No. 42 Koşuyolu Mahallesi 34718 Kadıköy İstanbul

Tel: +90 216 336 2262
Fax: +90 216 336 2925
conference@hayatadestek.org