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Provisional program

 This is a provisional program and may be subject to modification.


Friday October 11th


8:30 - 9:15

Reception and registration of public


9:15 - 10:00    PLENARY 

Opening session

Patrick Weil, Chairman, Libraries Without Borders
Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris
Alexander Soros, President of The Alexander Soros Foundation


10:00 - 10:05



10:05 - 10:45    PLENARY 

The Urgency of Reading : the point of view of 3 writers signatories of the call

Marie Darrieussecq, writer, LWB Goodwill Ambassador
Daniel Rondeau, writer, Former French Ambassador to UNESCO
Erik Orsenna, writer


10:45 - 11:00



11:00 - 11:20    PLENARY 

Keynote speaker

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees


11:20 - 12:30    PLENARY 

State of affairs on the access to information and culture in emergency humanitarian situations

Maria Garrido, TASCHA, University of Washington
Chris Talbot, UNESCO/INEE
Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Jacqueline Strecker, UNHCR
Patricia Aldana, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)


14:00 – 15:30    WORKSHOPS 

W1 | The role of libraries in the prevention of crises and in emergency responses.

At the end of the First World War, the American Committee for Devastated France organized the establishment of libraries aiming to help various populations in the region deal with the trauma of a post-war context. Such initiatives have been common throughout the 2Oth century, from the Second World War to the Balkan Wars, or more recently in Haiti, Chile, the United States and Japan. Libraries have played a critical role in recreating spaces of normalcy for social interaction in the place of destruction and disintegration. 


Hamadoun Amadou Alpha Cisse, Goundam Library, Tumbuctou, Mali

Fred Gitner, Queens Library, NY, USA

Sashiko Kamakura, Shanti Volunteer Association, Japan

Waheed Wafa, Afghanistan Center at Kabul University, Afghanistan


W2 | ICT and access to information in times of crisis: innovations & perspectives

The evolution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their introduction into the humanitarian field has dramatically modified the way in which aid can be organized, coordinated, delivered but also received and perceived by its beneficiaries. Free access to information, verified and updated in real time thanks to a vast community of contributors, is now available thanks to initiatives such as Open Street Map and Sahana Eden who work to better target and improve the aid given to persons affected by humanitarian crises.


Evert Bopp, Disaster Tech Lab

Nicolas Chavent, Humanitarian Open Street Map Team

Mark Prustalis, Sahana Foundation

Olivier Sarrat, Groupe URD


W3 | Trauma, boredom and resilience in humanitarian situations

"When everything has fallen, culture remains”, writer Dany Laferrière stated just a few days after the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. This workshop explores the roles that sociocultural projects can play in traumatic situations whether that is supporting the mourning process, combating boredom in refugee camps, or resilience-building to prepare an affected population for the return to normal life. Through the example of psychosocial programs using books, sports, theater or even cinema, this workshop aims to highlight the importance of addressing the intellectual dimension in humanitarian intervention.


Christian Lambert, Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (Digital Mobile Cinema)

Héloïse Marichez, Hôpital Avicennes (Paris)

Nicole Moran, Right To Play

Marik Wagner, Clowns Without Borders


15:45 – 17:15    WORKSHOPS 

W4 | Children in crises

In the past few years, children’s education in humanitarian situations has become a central issue for the international community. Nonetheless, children remain particularly exposed to the inherent risks in catastrophe and conflict situations. They are exposed to extreme danger which not only interrupts the formal education process but which may also have psychological impacts, potentially impeding their development. In books, however, children discover and explore new spaces in which they are free to be a child. This workshop questions the limits of formal education to highlight the importance of a multi-dimensional and collaborative approach allowing children to be children and so control their reconstruction process, post-crisis.


Patricia Aldana, IBBY

Suze Dorange/Françoise Lemaître, LWB Haiti

Noor A Doumak, MIT / Educate Syria

Morten Sigsgaard, International Institute for Educational Planning (IIPE), UNESCO 


W5 | Internet, social media and mobile phones

The explosion of new technology use in humanitarian intervention is not without risk and necessary precautions must be taken. It does, however, encourage the inversion of traditional mechanisms of aid intervention and promotes two-way communication. In giving affected populations a voice, ICT use offers new perspectives on how needs are defined as well as how to adapt crisis response tools.


Anahi Ayala, Internews

Angela Crandall, iHub Kenya

Cat Graham, Digital Humanitarian Network

Jonathan Shuler, Ushahidi



W6 | Better evaluate the impact of informational and sociocultural projects in emergency

Today, there is a consensus in the humanitarian community on the importance of evaluating the quality of aid which also includes the idea of responsibility and accountability towards beneficiaries. SPHERE, Compas Qualité, and People in Aid are examples of the numerous standards and methodologies that now exist to ensure that emergency responses fulfill at least the minimum requirements for medical, food or sanitary aid. What exists, however, for psychosocial and cultural programs? How are the impacts of these forms of aid evaluated? Can we apply the regular methods of evaluation or must we develop new ones in communication with specialists in the culture and information sectors? Can sociocultural projects mitigate some of the negative impacts of traditional humanitarian aid?


Vincenzo Bollettino, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Aurélien Colson, ESSEC & IRENE Paris & Singapore

Véronique Frank, ABCD Agency

François Grünewald, Groupe URD

Chanel Ntahuba, International Rescue Committee Burundi


17:30 – 19:00    WORKSHOPS 

Workshop session to discuss the development and technical aspects of the Ideas Box (on invitation)


Presenters :

Patrick Weil (LWB)

Ambroise Maggiar (Starck Network)

Jérémy Lachal (LWB)


19:30 – 21:30    GALA 

Gala Evening and unveiling of the Ideas Box
Salon d’honneur, Mairie de Paris

On invitation


Speakers :

Patrick Weil, Chairman of LWB

Bertrand Delanoë, Maire de Paris -  to be confirmed

Philippe Starck (via video)

Jérémy Lachal, Director of LWB

Alexander Soros, President of The Alexander Soros Foundation

Pierre Bellon, President of the Pierre Bellon Foundation - to be confirmed      


Saturday October 12th


9:00 – 10:00    PLENARY 

DEBATE | Reconstructing the collective future, co-constructing our respective futures: the role of imagination and creativity in crisis situations

François Taddéi, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research
Marie-Rose Moro, Psychiatry Professor for children and adolescents, Doctors Without Borders,
Department Head of the Maison de Solenn, Cochin
Daniel Derivois, Research Center of clinical psychopathology, Lumière University (Lyon 2)


10:00  10:15



10:15 – 10:30    PLENARY 

Keynote Speakers

Yamina Benguigui, Deputy Minister for the Francophonie, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs


10:30 – 11:50   PLENARY 

DEBATE | Towards a better understanding of the intellectual dimension of human beings in humanitarian emergency situations : what roles are played by politics, States, international organizations and funding organisms?

Didier Le Bret, Crisis Center / French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Darren Hoerner, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Antoine Petibon, Head of the International Programs Department, French Red Cross
Paul-Antoine Peignon, Director, Global X
Patrick Weil, Chairman, Libraries Without Borders


11:50 – 12:30    PLENARY 

Keynote Speakers

Michèle Pierre-Louis, Former Haitian Prime Minister, Chairman of FOKAL
Eva Joly, Chair of the Development Committe, European Parliament


12:30 – 13:00    PLENARY 

Closing Session

Patrick Weil, Chairman, Libraries Without Borders
Frédéric Blin, IFLA Administrator

Jérémy Lachal, Director, Libraries Without Borders

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Wolters Kluwer








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Ministère de la culture











Délégation Générale à la Langue Française et aux Langues de France (DGLFLF) du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Fonds Pascal pour l'interprétariat