AIDF Africa Summit 2016

February 9, 2016

The inaugural Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) Africa Summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 2-3 February 2016 at the United Nations Conference Centre. The two day summit attracted more than 300 participants representing NGOs, UN agencies, donors, governments and the private sector. The topics discussed included mobile innovations, procurement, finance, humanitarian logistics, health and WASH, strategic partnerships, emergency communications, safety of aid workers and improving livelihoods of displaced people.

Sonja Ruetzel, Event Director, AIDF addressed the audience with opening remarks emphasizing the importance of technological innovations in improving aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa.

Among numerous panels over the two day event, one looked into Improving Livelihoods of Displaced People. Berhanu Ulla, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia debated how can life and livelihoods of refugees be protected and improved by looking at key areas such as shelter, energy, education, food and water supply. Clementine Nkweta-Salami, Representative, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) looked at latest innovations and trends in shelter assistance, disaster resilient settlements and shifting focus from temporary shelter to safe livelihoods and protection. Christopher Hoffman, Regional Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director East Africa, World Vision International followed with a discussion on implementing safety and product standards across the board, while Marnix Eykhout, Business Development & Sales Executive, NRS International shared his views on how can we better support at-risk groups providing them with better shelter, lighting and rechargeable solutions & nets.

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