Welcome to AidEx

AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. We have two annual events:
Our flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels (16-17 November) and a 2 day Conference in Nairobi (13-14 September)

AidEx encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide an annual forum for the visitors to meet, source, supply and learn. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates from the sector.

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AidEx Brussels

AidEx is the leading international event dedicated to the unique needs of development and aid professionals across the world; held over two days annually at Brussels Expo, in Belgium.

AidEx is recognised as a major platform for networking, making new contacts and doing business. By taking part, you will forge new relationships in the community, raise awareness of your organisation and be involved in the sourcing of new solutions to improve the efficiency of aid delivery.

AidEx Africa

Now in it's fourth year, AidEx Africa is a two-day high-profile conference which takes place annually in Nairobi, Kenya. AidEx Africa was developed as a satellite event to the already well-established AidEx conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development aid, held each year in Brussels.

AidEx Africa attracts over 300 delegates from the Government of Kenya, UN agencies, Kenyan Red Cross and leading NGOs from Africa and beyond.

web14 250AidEx Africa Conference Programme 2016

Now in it's third year, the AidEx Africa conference will take place over two days in Nairobi with the aim of providing aid and development professionals — from all sectors and from all over the world — with the opportunity to meet, learn and network. The theme of this year’s event will be around ‘Localisation’. Recognising the need to focus on the evolution of development activities, including the role of developing countries in transition – the conference will look at local supply chains in East Africa, local capacity building and local partnerships under the umbrella of “Localisation”.

Day One - 14th September 2016

Time Session Title Session Description Speakers
08:30-09:30 Registration and Welcome coffee
09:30-09:45 Conference Opening Welcome to AidEx 2016 - "Localisation"

Asif Sana, Senior Programme Officer, Al-Khair Foundation

Nicholas Rutherford, Event Director, AidEx
09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction to Localisation The AidEx Conference Host will open AidEx and introduce the theme: Localisation  

Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Director of Africa Region, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

10:00-10:45 Localisation and the aid & development
- Is the existing architecture fit for purpose for localisation?
Is the existing aid architecture fit for purpose in today's context? If localisation is one of the solutions to address the growing gap between needs and resources, what should change?

Moderator: Obinna Anyadike, Correspondent and Editor-at-Large, IRIN

Marnix Eykhout, Business Development & Sales Executive, East & Southern Africa, NRS International

Adrian van der Knaap, Deputy Regional Director, World Food Programme 

Peter Burgess, Head of Regional Office, Eastern and Southern Africa, European Commission DG Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO)

Ahmed Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer, ALDEF Kenya

Coffee Break
11.15-12:00 Protracted Crises and Localisation - How does localisation fit in countries affected by protracted crises? What is the impact of protracted crises on the need for localisation in affected countries and possible refugee host countries? What does this mean for the collaboration between humantiarian and development assistance?

Moderator: Challiss McDonough, Senior Regional Communications Officer, World Food Programme

Thierry Meyrat, Head of Regional Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Enid Muthoni, Country Director, Kenya, International Development Law Organisation

Obinna Anyadike, Correspondent and Editor-at-Large, IRIN

Olufunso (Dr.) Somorin, Senior Policy Officer, Transition Support (Fragile States), African Development Bank

12:00-12:45 Affected Populations as partners in aid and development - How to actively put affected populations at the centre of decision-making? How can the aid and development sector go about truly putting the affected population at the centre of the decision-making process? How to fully understand their needs and guide implementation of assistance and development programmes to address and reduce these needs?

Moderator: Martin Muhiu, Senior Business Development Manager, Aid&Relief, East Africa Region, Damco Logistics

Violet Ngunjiri, Development Coordinator, Vestergaard

Daudi Were, Executive Director, Ushahidi

Shahida Suleiman, Programme Manager, Al-Khair Foundation

David Kang'ethe, Country Director, Kenya, Danish Refugee Council

Paul Warambo, Translation and Training Manager, Translators Without Borders

Lunch Break
14:00-14:45 Preparedness and capacity development, the core of localisation? Is localisation key for establishing successful preparedness mechanisms and capacity development initiatives? How can coping strategies of affected communities be reinforced? How can national and local capacity be built and strengthened to deal with preparedness, response and development efforts?

Moderator: Colin Bangay, Director for Education and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa, British Council

Arnold Ambundo, Programme Officer – Africa, ACT Alliance

Farid Abdulkadir, Disaster and Crisis Prevention, Response and Recovery (DCPRR) Department, Africa Regional Office, IFRC

Esther Ndichu, Director of Public Affairs, UPS

Sophie Nyokabi, Security Management Program Advisory Consultant, RedR

14:45-15:30 Locally driven innovation - How to develop solutions based on local needs, not on external agendas? How to balance technological innovation with the real challenges faced by local communities? How to work collaboratively and smartly to find innovative solutions to address local needs rather than implementing initiatives in search of a problem?

Moderator: Daudi Were, Executive Director, Ushahidi

Naomi Tulay-Solanke, Executive Director, Community Health Initiative

Joshua Ogure, Editor, Map Kibera

Johny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay Corridor Group

Lincoln Kariuki, Head of Partnerships - East Africa, Kickstart International

Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Conclusions and putting it together Summary of key takeaways  Some of the speakers will reflect on the day's discussions
17:00-19:00 Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two - 15th September 2016

Time Session Title Session Description Speakers
09:30-10:00 Opening Ceremony Reflection on the key takeaways from Day 1 and shift to the practical.  
10:00-10:30 Current Thinking: Localisation    

Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, United Nations

Coffee Break
11.00-11.45 Innovative partnerships in support of localisation - How can stakeholders partner in favour of localisation? How can the skills and resources of different stakeholders involved in aid and development work be better linked to support localisation? Moderator: Glenn Hughson, Global Cash Transfer Advisor - Humanitarian Response Unit, DanChurch Aid

Stephan Grabowski, Chief Executive Officer,East Africa, Damco Logistics

Abdurahman Sharif, DirectorSomalia NGO Consortium

Robert Kaufman, Global Coordinator, 1 Billion Coalition for Resilience, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Luluwa Ali, Humanitarian Affairs Analyst, Partnerships Coordination,

11:45-12:30 Direct funding of national and local responders - How will the Grand Bargain change the current operating methods in favour of localisation? How can existing funds be used more appropriately and go further? What changes are needed in the funding mechanism to encourage and support localisation? How can financing be used to enable local stakeholders to meet and reduce needs? How does this differ from the current mechanism?

Moderator: Farid Abdulkadir, Disaster and Crisis Prevention, Response and Recovery (DCPRR) Department, Africa Regional Office, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

 Nigel Tricks, Regional Director, Horn and East Africa, Oxfam

Sebastian Fouquet, Humanitarian and Resilience Team Leader, DFID Somalia

Andy Williams, Executive Director, Nobeah Foundation

Nicholas Cox, Regional Advisor, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Lunch Break
14:00-14:45 Cash and its role in localisation - Are Cash-Based Interventions key in supporting affected populations in working towards a better future? What is the role of Cash-Based Interventions in enabling localisation of aid? What changes are needed to enable organisations to appropriately use Cash-Based Interventions? How does this differ from the current approach?

Moderator: Charity Lukaya, Senior Institutional Capacity Building Officer, Cash and Learning Platform

Glenn Hughson, Global Cash Transfer Adviser, DanChurch Aid

Belete Temesgen, Emergency Food and Cash Based Programming Advisor, World Vision

Adam Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, sQuid

14:45-15:30 Local leaders in the driver's seat? How important is local leadership in enabling humanitarian aid and development efforts? How can local and global leaders support localisation and improve the enabling humanitarian and development contexts? What changes and collaborations are required? How and for what elements can leaders be hold accountable?

ModeratorLuluwa Ali, Humanitarian Affairs Analyst, Partnerships Coordination, OCHA

Shashanka Saadi, Head, Emergency, BRAC UK

Patrick Lavand'Homme, Chief Field Operations and Emergency, UNICEF

James Oduor, Chief Executive Officer, National Drought Management Authority (Government of Kenya)

Suleiman Asman, Country Director, Innovtions, Poverty Action

Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Conference Summary and Conclusions Summary and key takeaways of day and conference. Some of the speakers will reflect on the day's discussions

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