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.

The Aid Arc provides a strong, rigid shelter, to keep families warm, dry and safe in the most inhospitable environments. Quick and easy to build, the Aid Arc empowers people to build their own shelter and progressively transform it into their long term home.

You can't miss the Aid Arc as you walk around Aidex this year, with it's majestic arc shape and bright white exterior. Step inside the Arc and you will be amazed at the space and light this intriguing structure provides. The internal height allows for comfortable standing space and overhead storage, while adjustable ventilation nets allow for air to circulate.

The Aid Arc is the latest innovation by UK company, Alfresco Arch. Their established range of arc shaped structures include animal shelters, vehicle arcs and classroom arcs dotted throughout the UK and beyond. Mark Panton, Design Director at Alfresco Arch said, “It was a natural progression for us to develop a structure for the aid sector. Our structures are strong, mobile and easy to build and we knew we could help those who needed shelter.”

The company's patented tensile arches provide a strong frame for the structure. The arc shape itself allows rain and snow to run off rather than build up. The wind rolls over the Arc rather than hitting it flat on and the structure has extreme seismic resilience.

The Aid Arc is designed to be a multi-purpose, transformational structure. Families can take pride in building their own Aid Arc using locally sourced materials and then over time, easily improve their Arc. Mark Panton said, “I look forward to training aid workers face to face so that they in turn can train communities to build their own Arcs. Most materials can be sourced locally while the other vital components will be quickly transported to sites.” The Aid Arc takes 30 man hours to build and, it's 100% waterproof membrane, means that it can sit on varied terrain without the need for foundations.

You can see the Aid Arc for yourself at stand E22.


Kelly Jackson, Sales & Marketing Manager
t: 07935 008 420
e: kelly@alfrescoarch.com

Mark Panton, Design Director
t: 07860 250 212
e: enquiries@alfrescoarch.com
w: AlfrescoArch.com

The company

Pan Products Ltd T/A AlfrescoArch
Alfresco Arch pride themselves on solving customer's problems through innovative design. Their unique Tensile Arches form the structure of a beautiful range of shelters, which are dotted throughout the UK. Known for their strength, beauty and mobility, the Arcs provide shelter for people, animals and vehicles. The company are now entering the Aid market with the creation of the 'Aid Arc'.

Supporting Information

Quick - just 15hrs for two people to build.
Simple - the families can be taught to build for themselves.
Local - materials can be sourced locally to create the finished Aid Arc.
Strong - built to withstand extreme weather.
Transitional - start with a shelter, and over time, transform into a family home.


100% waterproof from top to bottom
Fully insulated
UV protected tiles in a range of colours
Secure timber frame door
Plexi-glass curved windows
Insect proof screens
Flat packed with build instructions
Corporate branding printed on the Arc
Plywood finish floor system


It takes just 30 man hours to erect an Aid Arc. Aid workers can be easily trained to build Aid Arcs and then pass on that training to the families in need of shelter. The Arcs can be easily moved or redeployed to other areas in need. No solid or permanent foundations required and can be built on uneven and unstable ground. Minimal maintenance is required for the arcs.


The community can be easily shown how to build their own Aid Arcs, families take pride and ownership in building their own comfortable living space. Some materials can be locally sourced for each Arc.


The arc shape allows rainwater run off and minimises snow build up
Suitable for disaster areas such as flood, earthquake, storm.
Extreme seismic resilience
Built to last and easy to replace worn parts


Can be modified progressively to become a more permanent home. Begin with a warm, dry, secure shelter and in time, transform into a comfortable home. The Aid Arc is designed to be built on and improved over time by the communities who live in them.

Living in the Aid Arc

Warm, dry and secure living accommodation, which will withstand extreme weather conditions. 100% waterproof membranes make the Arc waterproof and draught proof. The thermal tiles provide a warm environment in cold months and a cool shelter in warm months. An adjustable ventilation panel allows fresh air to circulate in the arc. There is vermin free storage for food and belongings and the added security of metal grids.

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