Aidex Voices

In less than two weeks, AidEx will hold its seventh flagship event in Brussels; AidEx 2017. This event is an exciting and unique opportunity to be with 2,000 aid and development professionals, 60 expert speakers and 200 suppliers of innovative products and services in the largest event of its kind in the world.

The fundamental aim of AidEx is to engage the sector at every level where participants can meet, source, supply and learn. It is the must-attend event for aid experts and is a unique forum that bridges the gap between civil society and the commercial sector.

Transparency and accountability

The overarching conference theme is Aid and Development Effectiveness: Results Through Transparency and Accountability. This year we are introducing new focus sessions for the conference which will further explore content in depth. Speakers will come from government, world renowned NGOs and the commercial sector.

The biggest but perhaps most important challenge for aid and development organisations is building trust in the sector, which has been tainted by corruption and disproportionately negative media narratives.

The key to achieving transparency is getting every single government and other participatory aid and development agency around the world to open access to their data and information so we can ensure the transparency and accountability of every institution involved in the humanitarian sector. Delving into our conference theme this year, we have:

  • Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Telecom and Postal Services - Federal Government of Belgium
  • Jane Pearce, Director, Performance Management & Monitoring - World Food Programme
  • Androulla Kaminara, Director for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific in the Directorate General ECHO
  • Emma Proud, Director, Organizational Agility Mercy Corps
  • Genevieve Vercruysse Toussain, Senior Advisor in European Affairs - ICRC
  • Antti Toivanen, Country Director Finn Church Aid
  • André Griekspoor, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor World Health Organization
  • Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, Director Humanitarian Assistance, Department for Asia, Middle East and Humanitarian Assistance  Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

This year’s highlights

At AidEx, there will be a number of photography showcases, including a selection of photos from award-winning humanitarian photographer Giles Duley’s project Legacy of War – a five-year photographic project exploring the long-term effects of conflict globally.

Live pitches will be made by the Aid Innovation Challenge finalists of their products to a ‘Dragons-Den’ style panel and an announcement made of who is this year’s Humanitarian Hero.

Also on view, Kate Daudy’s UNHCR tent from Za’atari camp in Jordan will be transformed into an impressive art installation called ‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper?’ and there will also be a ground-breaking Virtual Reality film about Africa’s Great Green Wall across the Sahara Desert.

AidEx exhibition

The AidEx exhibition is split into show zones to showcase latest products, services and innovations.

The Logistics and Communications Zone includes the latest in communication technology as well as some of the world’s leading experts in freight-forwarding, and a number of businesses that specialise in new practices, administrative methodology and the transportation of goods within the developing world.

In the AidEx Medical Zone, exhibitors will display a wide range of products concerned with medical evacuation, inoculation and disease prevention, as well as eye-care and other field-related equipment and procedures.

The Shelter Zone at AidEx is an opportunity to see cutting-edge products alongside more traditional tents and shelters. A number of new sanitation products, alongside a comprehensive range of water and solutions, are also being exhibited in the W.A.S.H. Zone.

The Agora Zone is the heart of the exhibition, and features a mix of all kinds of products, including vehicles, country Pavilions and a number of UN Agencies and NGOs.