Aidex Voices

AidEx, the world’s leading event dedicated to the global development and aid community held its first ever conference in Bangladesh last week. AidEx Dhaka explored the fascinating development journey of Bangladesh under the theme, Bangladesh: A Champion in Development.

For two days between 19-20 July 2017 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden in Dhaka, AidEx brought together over 300 key development professionals under one roof in Bangladesh’s capital, who listened, engaged and networked with the objective of promoting development to improve the lives of those in need. 

AidEx Event Director Nicholas Rutherford remarked on how the conference highlighted successes, challenges, failures and lessons learnt in order for Bangladesh to achieve its development goals. Speaking after the event, he said:

“The delegates heard and discussed how tremendous social advances were made possible only though robust collaboration between government, civil society and the commercial sector; which is why AidEx Dhaka brought together some of the most important and influential people to engage the sector at every level.”

Participating organisations included the world’s biggest NGO, BRAC; as well as the Red Cross, International Labour Organisation (ILO), the BBC, Islamic Relief CARE Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Government representatives, academics and many more globally respected institutions.

BRAC Executive Director Dr Muhammad Musa delivered a commendable keynote speech which provided expert insight into how Bangladesh has flourished since the 1970s from indigent to a development leader. Whilst Dr Musa asserted Bangladesh’s recognition of the need for inclusive and sustainable growth, he also acknowledged the persistence of extreme poverty and lack of guidance for youth as current challenges. A significant point of progress was demonstrated by life expectancy which increased by more than six months every year between 1971 and 2015, and an exponential growth in education enrolment. 

One of the most popular discussions was the Making Waves with Empowerment session, which emphasised how gender equality and minority empowerment can energise development; a message that was echoed in a recent report published by the World Bank, where research showed improved economic developments in Bangladesh, but a pressing need for increased holistic investment in the women’s labour market. 

Commenting on the conference, BRAC representative Din Mohammed said: “This is an important event to share knowledge and experience about development and humanitarian aid around the world.” 

Christian Aid spokesperson Manik Kumar Saha, added that AidEx Dhaka was “well-organised”, and Mahbubur Rahman, a representative from the University of Dhaka said: “AidEx Dhaka is one of the best conferences that I have attended.” 

AidEx is the largest specialist platform for aid professionals around the world and is the must-attend conference for the international community. This new event sits alongside our satellite conference in Nairobi, and our flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels. These annual occasions are significant opportunities to connect with leaders in the field of humanitarian aid and development and most importantly, be part of the AidEx community. 

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