On 1-2 December 2015, the Berghof Foundation participated at UNOCHA's 4th Global Humanitarian Policy Forum in New York. On behalf of the consortium for the DEMAC project ('Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination'), Erik Mohns presented demands of the current humanitarian landscape, as well as challenges and means of responding in new ways to meet humanitarian needs at a workshop on New Ways of Working.
The presentation focused on discussions on involving diasporas in humanitarian response. Erik Mohns described the role of German-Syrian diaspora organisations as humanitarian actors in the Syria response and made tentative suggestions for integrating their involvement into the 'conventional', interoperable humanitarian response.
The Global Humanitarian Policy Forum is an annual event by OCHA's Policy Analysis and Innovation Section, bringing together humanitarian practitioners, international and non-governmental organizations, academics, private sector partners, and government representatives from across the globe to consider humanitarian action and opportunities to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals.