On October 12, the Foundation organised the 5th edition of the Instant recherche, a scientific debate that brought together researchers and experts on one of the Foundation’s priority themes. The discussion this time focused on the countries of the southwestern Indian Ocean, with five panelists:

  • Hugo Drianne, DRM Mayotte-Comoros project manager at the French Red Cross’ Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI);
  • Sylvie Malardel, teacher-researcher at Météo France;
  • Dolorès Pourette, health anthropologist at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD);
  • Aude Sturma, environmental sociologist, researcher associated with the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche Travail, Organisation Pouvoir in Toulouse (CERTOP/CNRS);
  • Annabelle Jaccard, clinical psychologist and doctor in psychopathology and psychoanalysis.

On July 1 and 2, 2021, the French Red Cross Foundation, in partnership with the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), the PIROI (Plateforme d’Intervention Régionale dans l’Océan Indien) of the French Red Cross, and the University of Reunion organised its annual international conference on the humanitarian transition in Saint Denis de La Réunion.

During these two days, which brought together a hundred or so stakeholders from the humanitarian and social economy sectors, as well as university researchers involved in the region, exchanges aimed to analyse the changes underway, to question the most important issues and to create a dialogue between academic and humanitarian actors in order to better define, understand and anticipate the humanitarian transition taking place in the island states of the Indian Ocean in relation to neighbouring continental countries.

The fifth edition of the Foundation’s ” Instant recherche ” brought together on October 12, 2021 a representative of PIROI and researchers in meteorology, anthropology, sociology, psychology on the theme “Indian Ocean: land of challenges and innovations for humanitarian actors”. The objective was to continue the exchanges started during the last round table of the Conference entitled “Science for humanitarian action: how to strengthen the links between scientific and operational actors in the Indian Ocean?”

Due to their specificities, these territories reflect multiple challenges and difficulties for humanitarian actors. As a result, they are also territories where humanitarian actors must innovate and work to adapt their programs to these multidimensional difficulties and specificities. This ” Instant recherche ” has shown the efforts made in this direction, and in particular the initiatives born from collaboration between humanitarian actors and academics, to finally address the conditions for a good synergy between them.

About fifty people (academics, field workers, NGOs, students, institutions) attended the debate and enriched it at the end of the meeting with many concrete questions addressed directly to the panelists.

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