Saving Lives and Building Resilience: The UK Government's Approach to Humanitarian Emergencies

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Friday 16th March 2012 (00:00)
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DFID Seminar Friday 16th March: Chris Austin, Head of Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE)

Topic: 'Saving Lives and Building Resilience', The UK Government’s Approach to Humanitarian Emergencies
Date: Friday 16 March, 12:45pm
Location: Room 417 Muirhead Tower.

The International Development Department is pleased to welcome Chris Austin to the University of Birmingham for lunchtime seminar for staff and students across the department.

The world in 2012 is a more uncertain place. Climate change and economic constraints pose challenges for the UK's humanitarian and international development efforts at the same time as the complexity and frequency of disasters increase. You are invited to join members of the International Development Department in a lunch time seminar with Chris Austin, from the UK's Department for International Development, who will set out how the UK is rising to meet these challenges through its humanitarian policy - to build resilience and save lives. This will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Since August 2011, Chris has been Head of Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE). CHASE is responsible for the UK's responses to natural disaster emergencies and core funding to the international humanitarian system (Red Cross, UN agencies); for DFID's role in the UK government's Building Stability Overseas Strategy (including the Conflict Pool), with FCO and MOD; for policy advice on security & justice issues to DFID country offices; and for DFID's work in tackling violence against women and girls in developing countries.

Chris has worked in a range of policy, operational and corporate roles for DFID over the past 27 years, most recently as Country Director in Bangladesh (2007-11). He was seconded to HM Treasury as head of the EU Finances team (2003-06) and to the World Bank/ IMF in the UK Executive Director's office (1995-99). He was Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for International Development (1999-2001).

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