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Event Date Wed Jun 30 EDT (4 months ago)
Location Online
Region Americas

In the Middle East and Turkey, local authorities were already struggling with hosting high numbers of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) before the outbreak of COVID-19 and are now facing a crisis on top of a crisis. With rising unemployment and business closure, they now see stronger demand for jobs for refugees and locals alike, alongside the need to support local businesses and undertake innovative actions for economic recovery.

This webinar will explore the main challenges and new priorities for municipalities hosting refugees, and actions undertaken in collaboration with the private sector to mitigate the crisis. The discussion will include a presentation of the latest findings collected by the CMI from surveys, assessments, and consultations among local representatives during the pandemic, as well as testimonies of municipalities from Jordan, Palestine, and Turkey. The event will particularly showcase how local authorities can face the new challenges of COVID-19 and speed up economic recovery by attracting investments and stimulating the local business environment to support both displaced populations and host communities.


2021 Speakers

Blanca Moreno-Dodson
Manager, Center for Mediterranean Integration

Sara Boughedir
Consultant, Center for Mediterranean Integration

Giulia Marchesini
Senior Partnership Specialist, Center for Mediterranean Integration

Fuat Ozharat
Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey

Nadine Burbar
Head of Local Economic Development and Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Ramallah Municipality, Palestine

Reham Jammal
Director of Planning Department & Director of International Projects and Programs Unit, Greater Irbid Municipality, Jordan

Vara Vemuru
Practice Manager, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, World Bank