Ti millarder til SyriakrisenPhoto: SARC | Nadim Sherum

Ten billions to the crisis in Syria


What have we achieved?

Tuesday 10. March 2020, 14:00 until 17:00

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Utenriksdepartementet

Entrance: Påmelding via Facebook

2020 marks nine years since the start of the conflict in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or injured, millions have been displaced and infrastructure has been devastated. The humanitarian consequences of the conflict are widespread within Syria and throughout the region. Four years ago, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg pledged NOK 10 billion over four years (2016 – 2019) to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries. This constitutes the largest humanitarian effort by Norway in recent times. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, invite you to a discussion on achievements, dilemmas and lessons learned from the past four years.

The event will be opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Panos Moumtzis, previously UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Secretaries General Bent Apeland (Norwegian Red Cross) and Birgitte Lange (Save the Children Norway) will give introductions, followed by panel discussions with the humanitarian organisations. The event will be moderated by Kristoffer Lidén, the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and PRIO.



14:00 – 15:00: Welcome and opening remarks by the Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide

Introduction by Former UN Regional Coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis

Remarks by
• General Secretary for Norwegian Red Cross, Bernt Apeland

• General Secretary for Norwegian Save the Children, Birgitte Lange

Panel conversation with all the above participants. Moderator Kristoffer Lidén, PRIO


15:00– 15:15: Coffee Break

15:15– 16.55: Panel conversations on;

• Access (cross border and inside Syria), including humanitarian principles
In the humanitarian sector, we talk about humanitarian access and working in accordance with humanitarian principles. What does this mean and what have been the challenges in the Syria conflict, both in neighbouring countries and in Syria?

• Role of local actors, including risk transfer
What has been the role of local civil society actors in the Syrian crisis? How do international organisations ensure that their local staff and local partners organisations are safe when operating in contexts such as Syria?

• Protection of Civilians
The Syrian crisis has led to serious devastation of civilian infrastructure, more than a million people have been injured and almost half a million killed. How has this shaped the humanitarian response?


• Håkon Jacob Rothing , Head of Programme for Norwegian Red Cross and former Regional Representative for Norwegian Red Cross in MENA

• Jennifer Jalovec, based in Amman and Chief of Party for Syria Resilience Consortium/CARE

• Nabil Karah, Senior Project Consultant for NORWAC, based in Oslo

• Carsten Hansen, Regional Director for the Middle East for Norwegian Refugee Council, based in Amman

• Gry Ballestad, Director for Development and Humanitarian Cooperation for Norwegian People’s Aid

• Sonia Khush, Country Director for Save the Children International Syria Response Office, based in Amman

• Benedicte Næss Hafskjold, Country Director for Syria and Lebanon for Norwegian Church Aid, based in Amman

• Yngvild Berggrav, Policy Director and Head of Syria Crisis Team in the Humanitarian Section at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moderator Kristoffer Lidén, PRIO

16:55-17.00: Closing remarks by State Secretary Marianne Hagen