Humanitarian Lab 2.0 (Makmal Kemanusiaan 2.0)
Kuala Lumpur, 5 January 2019…Kicking off its 20th anniversary, MERCY Malaysia organised Humanitarian Lab 2:0 today to address and find solutions to the pressing issues of refugees in Malaysia particularly the Rohingyas.
The Lab, held in collaboration with partners International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Asean Rohingya Centre (ARC) at IIUM, was attended by around 200 participants consisting government officers, researchers, Rohingya leaders and activists.
Humanitarian Lab 2:0, the second in its series, follows a successful launch of Humanitarian Lab 1:0 conducted in December 2017. The main objective of the Humanitarian Lab initiative is to incubate, create and accelerate innovative ideas to address humanitarian and development needs of displaced communities.
“We obtained valuable insights from the first Humanitarian Lab in 2017, which showed that the main problems faced by refugee communities in Malaysia are documentation, education and healthcare. These are the over-arching issues, which overshadow other sub-themes of employment/ livelihood and family matters,” explains Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, President of MERCY Malaysia.
The underlying problem is the absence of a legal framework to guide stakeholders in Malaysia who are trying to help refugees in Malaysia. The lack of a legal structure, exacerbated by the lack of documentation, had led to uncoordinated response, follow-up and evaluations by stakeholders such as the government, advocates, well-wishers and NGOs.
Humanitarian Lab 2:0 hopes to draw together a multi-stakeholder task force for refugee and Rohingya issues in Malaysia to develop strategies and governmental policies to facilitate the protection and integration of refugees in Malaysia.
The findings of Humanitarian Lab 2:0 will be compiled into a Resolution and presented to the Deputy Prime Minister tomorrow for consideration.
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