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The Power of Perseverance: 2022 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony

In this panel discussion titled “Refugee Resilience: Guiding the Way Forward," RAFDI Director John Thon Majok sat down with Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and panelists Zarlasht Halaimzai, Founder and CEO, Amna, and Sana Ali Mustafa CEO, Asylum Access.

Date & Time

Oct. 21, 2022
10:00am – 11:00am ET


The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presented the 2022 Hilton Humanitarian Prize to Norwegian Refugee Council, an organization that is dedicated to working with refugees, who have been increasingly characterized and made to feel as “others” around the globe.

Within this context, this discussion focused on the structures and financing that must be put in place for successful integration of refugees, whether in places where there are strong integration systems or places that are less welcoming including the importance of public-private partnerships. The discussion centered on not only the challenges and barriers that limit integration, but also on the successes that can be shared as examples to emulate.

This session looked at how the expertise of individuals experiencing forced displacement (or having experienced it) must be part of developing solutions.  The panel also examined how “othering” dehumanizes people, usually the most vulnerable, and what can be done to stop that. We want our audience to look at ways they can work in their own spheres of influence and across sectors to make lasting change on this issue. 



John Thon Majok

John Thon Majok

Director of Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI); Deputy Director of Development

Sana Ali Mustafa

CEO, Asylum Access

Zarlasht Halaimzai

Founder and CEO, Amna

Hosted By

Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative

The Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) provides evidence-based analyses that translate research findings into practice and policy impact. Established in 2022 as a response to an ever-increasing number of people forcibly displaced from their homes by protracted conflicts and persecution, RAFDI aims to expand the space for new perspectives, constructive dialogue and sustainable solu­tions to inform policies that will improve the future for the displaced people.  Read more

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