Urban Displacement Alliance Workshop

October 10, 2018

Columbia Global Centers | Amman held a workshop for the Urban Displacement Alliance on October 10-11, 2018, bringing together strategic partners to discuss the vision of the alliance and the best approach towards achieving its goals. The Workshop agenda specifically discussed four concept papers for projects conceptualized in conversation with operational partners:

  1. Building Vibrant Communities Study
  2. Comparative Healthcare Study
  3. Non-formal Education Study
  4. The Impact of Family Separation Study

The purpose of the workshop was to explore areas of synergy between the partners, and to decide on a plan for action. Leading the workshop was Dr. Neil Boothby, Director of Fostering Resilience Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Teachers College. They were joined by Mr. Nick Steinberg, Senior Advisor to the President of Columbia University.

Participants included representatives from Amman Municipality; CARE; Danish Refugee Council; Queen Rania Teacher Academy; International Rescue Committee; Mahali Innovation Lab; Jordan Health Aid Society; Jordan River Foundation; Norwegian Refugee Council; UNICEF; UNHCR; Questscope; War Child Canada; and Business Development Center.

The Urban Displacement Solutions Alliance aims to address the challenges faced by refugee and host communities in Jordan, and the wider Middle East and North Africa region. The Alliance brings Columbia University researchers together with key actors in Jordan and the MENA region to explore a thought-to-action partnership that can best contribute to the challenges resulting from urban displacement.