Aggravated by technological, socio-economic and geopolitical factors at regional and global levels, crises in the future are predicted to grow significantly in magnitude and frequency. Such possibilities give rise to the need to transform humanitarian action. Organisations with humanitarian roles and responsibilities will need to develop new expertise, capacity and partnerships to deal with the future crises – in other words, developing a humanitarian futures mindset. Apart from addressing the immediate humanitarian concerns and drawing from lessons from past experience, humanitarian futures call for an anticipatory and adaptive approach to preparing for future scenarios that will be likely see the concurrence or interface of different types of hazards at higher intensity and frequency.
Jointly hosted by RSIS and the Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre, this forum will bring together over 120 local and overseas participants from the military, government agencies, think tanks and academia, private sector, philanthropy, local civil society, International NGOs and International Organisations, diplomatic community, young leaders, and students. This forum seeks to facilitate actors involved in humanitarian settings in reviewing their experiences as well as inform humanitarian preparedness, planning and response to crises in our immediate and long-term future.