Essentials

  • The Design for Humanity Summit, hosted by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Migration Agency (IOM), will explore the intersection of design and humanitarian action for dignified crisis response.
  • June 22, 2018, Fordham University Lincoln Center, New York City
  • For a full list of speakers, visit the website
  • Download the concept note
  • Registration: online registration is now open. Click here to register for the summit. Registration is free for all ACUNS members. If you are an ACUNS member, please email [email protected] for the promotional code.

Summary
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University and the UN Migration Agency (IOM), will explore the intersection of design and humanitarian action by hosting the Design for Humanity Summit at Fordham University.

The Summit will feature prominent humanitarians and designers who will lead and drive panel discussions and breakout sessions that explore the intersection of design and humanitarian action for dignified crisis response.

See the full list of speakers and agenda at www.design4humanity.org

Topics to be explored during the Summit will include:

  • Public interest design and design thinking for inclusive humanitarian response
  • Transformation of camps into sustainable cities and communities of resilience for host and displaced communities
  • The nexus of private sector and innovation in humanitarian response
  • Art, architecture, and design for human rights advocacy
  • Design for protection of at-risk populations in humanitarian crisis
  • Sustainable design to mitigate the effects of acute and protracted urban crises
  • Innovative prototypes of new humanitarian design trends

Through bridging their areas of expertise, both humanitarian and design professionals can more effectively design dignified and durable solutions that tackle today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Whether ensuring more dignified shelters and settlements for displaced persons, designing more inclusive and resilient urban ecosystems or employing art and design as a vehicle for advocacy – the possible synergies between design and humanitarian action are endless.

The Design for Humanity Summit is made possible with the support of the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation and Fordham University. Community partners include InterAction and the American Society of Interior Designers.