IIHA and University College Dublin Host World Hunger Conference
On Monday, May 14, 2012 The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University and the University College Dublin Clinton Institute for American Studies hosted "The Fight Against Hunger: The History and Future of the Irish Role in Humanitarian Assistance.
" Ireland plays an exceptional role in the fight against global hunger, providing leadership and example in both government and non-government sectors to provide sustainable solutions to the food crises that haunt this century. The scale and impact of the Irish contribution to humanitarian action is remarkable for a small nation. This symposium provided an opportunity to discuss the history of this role and considered its present and future challenges and opportunities. The symposium looked beyond immediate governmental partnership to the roles of non-government and civil society actors – from aid organizations, religious groups and educators, to philanthropists – and considered the political and cultural
contexts determining Irish/US strategies and collaborations.
Speakers included Brendan Cahill, Fordham University, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs; Cormac O’Grada, University College Dublin; Tom Arnold, Concern Worldwide; Niall O’Dowd, Irish Voice; David Rieff, Journalist and Author; Brendan Rogers, Irish Aid; Greg Gottlieb, USAID; Ami Desai, Clinton Foundation; Geoff Loane, International Committee of the Red Cross; Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., Fordham University; Loretta Brennan Glucksman, The American Ireland Fund; Patrick Gibbons, University College Dublin; John Harrington, Fordham University; and Liam Kennedy, UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies.
Irish Central recently published two articles about the event, which can be found below or on their website.
Could Ireland lead the world in ending hunger? Ireland, its Diaspora, and the fight against hunger
“The Fight Against Hunger: The History and Future of the Irish Role in Humanitarian Assistance” discussed at Fordham University
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By Niall O'Dowd, IrishCentral Founder