Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

July 6 Telephonic Press Briefing with Margaret McKelvey, Director, Office of Assistance for Africa Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 29, 2016/APO/ --


Please join us on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 for a telephonic press briefing with Margaret McKelvey, Director of the Office of Assistance for Africa in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.   

Topics will include:

Current refugee crises in Africa:  Lake Chad Basin, Kenya/Somalia, Burundi region, South Sudan/Sudan, Libya
Migration and secondary refugee flows
Durable solutions for refugees, including voluntary repatriation, local integration, third-country resettlement
Difficult challenges:  Humanitarian access in conflict settings

Ms. McKelvey will give brief opening remarks, and then the moderator will open the floor to questions from participating journalists.


Speaker:                             Margaret McKelvey

Date:                                   July 6, 2016

Time:                                   13:00 GMT | 15:00 Local (Johannesburg) | 09:00 EDT (Washington, DC)  Please use Time Zone Converter to determine the start time of the event in your time zone.

Language:                          English, French, Portuguese interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules:                   ON THE RECORD

Dial-in Info:                       To be provided upon RSVP

RSVP:                                  RSVP to  

Please indicate if you will dial in (specify English/French/Portuguese line), or if you would like the operator to dial out to you, please provide the phone number and language to be used.

TWITTER:                           We will use the hashtag #AidRefugees for the call. Follow us on @AfricaMediaHub and @StatePRM .


Margaret McKelvey

Director, Office of Refugee Assistance for Africa

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

U.S. Department of State

Ms. McKelvey joined the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in 1983 and was the Director of the Office of African Refugee Assistance from 1986 to 1993 when it was reorganized to be the International Refugee Assistance Office for Africa, the Americas, and (East) Asia.  A further reorganization in September 1998 created the Office of Refugee Assistance and Migration for Africa [Sub-Saharan] and Asia (East and South).  With the latest reorganization, she is the Director of the Office of Refugee Assistance for Africa [the continent]. 

That twelve-person office develops U.S. Government bi- and multi-lateral policy toward refugees and conflict victims, as well as other migrants, across the African continent. It administers an annual assistance program budget of over $800 million. 

Her career in international humanitarian assistance also includes nearly seven years with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. 

She holds an M.A. degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. degree from Duke University.  Her African experience began with a two-year assignment to the Peace Corps in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).      


Callers should dial in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early. 
When an individual journalist dials in, the operator will collect the caller’s name, press affiliation, and location. When an embassy dials in, the operator will ask the embassy’s name and location. 
The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers. Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to press the “*” and “1” buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue.  NOTE: You can press “*1” at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion. We ask that journalists limit themselves to one question.  Journalists can also submit questions in English to prior to or during the call.

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