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The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (RSC), in collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (HPG), organised a conference on the theme of Protecting People in Conflict & Crisis: Responding to the Challenges of a Changing World

This conference was generously supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign AffairsUK Department of International Development and UNHCR.

The RSC hosted a major international conference on the theme of ‘Protecting people in conflict and crisis: responding to the challenges of a changing world’ from 22–24 September. The conference brought together over 180 participants – researchers, humanitarian practitioners and policy makers – from more than 50 countries to review the state of policy and practice in the field of humanitarian protection. Among the participants were representatives from the governments of Denmark, Japan, Norway, UK and the USA, as well as representatives from Médecins Sans Frontières, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Save the Children UK, and various UN agencies.

The conference considered six thematic tracks, ranging from the conceptualisation of ‘protection’ within international policy-making processes and the politics of delivering protection programmes at the global, regional and national level, to analysing community’s perceptions of protection and revisiting more practical issues relating to the implementation of protection activities.

A seminar on 'Burning issues in protection: the way forward' at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 4 June 2010 was arranged to follow up on the key conclusion of the conference.

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