Resilience Development Forum

8-9 November 2015 | Dead Sea, Jordan

Syrian children in TurkeySyrian children in a refugee camp in Turkey. Photo: Ariel Rubin/UNDP

Resilience Development Forum (RDF) will be held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Dead Sea in Jordan from 8 to 9 November 2015.

Hosted by the government of Jordan, under the theme “Integrating Responses, Expanding Partnerships,” the Resilience Development Forum will bring together key humanitarian and development stakeholders, including UN agencies, international financial institutions, donors, international and national non-governmental organizations, and the private sector alongside senior government representatives from countries affected by the Syria crisis. Participants will collectively consider a new vision of the response to the crisis, now well into its fifth year.

What is the Resilience Development Forum?


Focusing on the wide range of resilience-building responses required to address the devastating situation inside Syria as well as for refugees from Syria and the communities hosting them, the Resilience Development Forum comprises three main components:

Resilience-building Innovation Marketplace (8-9 November 2015): With 30 exhibition booths, the Marketplace will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking on innovative approaches to resilience-building employed by stakeholders involved in the Syria crisis response.

Topical Roundtable Discussions (8 November 2015): Hosted by a number of leading UN agencies and partners, the debates will focus on priority topics related to resilience building in the context of the Syria crisis, including UNICEF’s No Lost Generation initiative, resilience of municipal services, and sustainable livelihoods and employment.

High Level Panels (9 November 2015): The panels will debate and build consensus on specific policy and strategic actions to address the main bottlenecks and unresolved challenges in the current approach to the Syria response, including:

  • changes required to make the international aid architecture fit for resilience;
  • means to maintain stability and harmony in host communities while ensuring inclusiveness;
  • effective private sector engagement in the response; and
  • means to strengthen resilience inside Syria in the context of continuing conflict.

Outcomes of the Resilience Development Forum will be captured in a set of key milestones that will form the basis for a bolder, collectively-endorsed Resilience Agenda. The aim is to integrate humanitarian and development components of the crisis response, strengthen existing collaboration and expand partnerships to include new critical actors, including the private sector.

The Resilience Development Forum is organized within the framework of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) and the Regional United Nations Development Group. The scope of the RDF includes the six countries most affected by the Syria crisis – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, in addition to Syria itself.

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