• Disaster Tech Lab helps reconnect communities that have been disconnected in disaster zones. Here Evert Bopp, Founder of Disaster Tech Lab, discusses their collaboration efforts with another AidEx exhibitor, Globalstar, on the island of Lesbos. Evert Bopp will be speaking at the AidEx conference on 19 November on the topic of “Collaboration and Innovation”. 
  • GravityLight’s mission is to eliminate kerosene lamps and their damaging effects, by creating innovative solutions to empower those without electricity. Visit them at AidEx on stand G14. 
  • Foreign exchange is a vital component of your international operations. Lawrence Titterton, Chairman of Alongside Africa, explains: “It is important for all NGOs operating in developing countries to secure good foreign exchange rates, and this is particularly relevant for small NGOs. Whilst the overall value of their transactions may be lower, the impact on local operations and on the income and expenditure account can be proportionately higher.” seat to talk to our specialists.

  • Diamedica manufacture medical equipment for use in challenging environments where infrastructure is lacking, in field hospitals and in humanitarian relief situations. We caught up with Carol Newman, Charities Liaison Officer at Diamedica, to hear about their recent collaboration with the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD).

  • AidEx caught up with Niels Ramm, Project Manager at the UN Global Marketplace (UNGM) to hear how they work. The UNGM is the United Nations’ common procurement portal which brings together UN procurement staff and the worldwide vendor community and will be at AidEx this year on Stand D63.
  • Glad’s House works with street children and young people in Mombasa, Kenya, providing them with the resources and means to leave the streets permanently and reintegrate into society. 

  • As the leading global forum for humanitarian aid and development professionals of all stripes, the input and expertise of several highly-respected individuals from within these communities – gathered together as the AidEx Steering Committee – is essential to delivering a quality event year after year. 

  • NRS International is a leading designer and manufacturer of core relief items, public health products and solar solutions. The devastating earthquake that shook Nepal took 9,000 lives and destroyed more than 600,000 houses and also left many monasteries without basic necessitates. Here, Martina Aureli and Nicole Malick discuss the work NRS International carried out in Nepal earlier this year and their continued support.
  • Ahead of AidEx 2015 taking place in Brussels on 18 and 19 November, we caught up with exhibitor Durbin, one of the world’s leading specialist distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical and relief supplies, which distributes to over 180 countries and sources products from 64 different countries, to discuss the benefits of collaboration with MPOWERD.
  • Last weekend, the UN met in New York City to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. Partnerships were a key issue on the agenda. While effective collaboration can present a myriad of challenges, it is essential to achieving results. We spoke with AidEx exhibitor SkyLIFE, an organisation which develops aerial humanitarian relief delivery systems, about how the SDGs will impact their work and collaboration with NGOs.
  • Administering aid can be challenging given the remoteness of many of these conflict or disaster zones. Yet new off line solutions are beginning to become available and being used to good advantage, as Jerry Cole from Red Rose explains.

  • Operation Collaboration – working across borders to tackle disasters

    24 Sep 2015 Andrew Burt, General Manager, Barrett Communications

    With the adoption of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals just around the corner, public-private partnerships are being touted as a key element to their future success.

  • Amgad Morgan is the founder of Hope, and winner of the individual category of the 2014 Aid Innovation Challenge. The Hope app is a mobile platform which builds a fast and reliable channel between blood donors and those who require blood and has the potential to overcome one of the biggest challenges across the planet. Last month, Amgad chatted to us about what winning the award meant and gave us an update on Hope’s recent developments.
  • Humanitarian aid is designed to restore human dignity in the worst circumstances. But, as AirDropBox’s James Chalkley writes, the actual delivery of the aid should not be a threat to humans or the environment.

  • Calling on Collaboration – Putting Satellite Technology to Work in Disaster Zones

    29 Jul 2015 Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing, EMEA, Globalstar

    When the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks hit Nepal in April of this year, people took to social media and the internet to seek help, locate resources and reach out beyond the disaster zones. For relief workers, social networks and mobile communication became essential tools in locating and helping communities. With telecoms towers and internet networks damaged, restoring connections was essential to the work being done by humanitarian and aid workers in the cities and villages across Nepal. 

  • In declaring 2015 the European Year of Development, the European Union sent a strong message about its commitment to the developing world. The year’s flagship event was European Development Days, a key international conference on development held in Brussels on 3 and 4 June – and AidEx’s Event Director, Nicholas Rutherford, was in attendance. 
  • One month on from the first of the Nepal earthquakes, Divyesh Thakkar of India Impex describes his experience in getting solar lamps across the Indian border to Nepal.
  • Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal last month, Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) – the only sector-wide professional association of individuals engaged in humanitarian assistance and protection worldwide – hosted an online event in collaboration with the Private Sector Section of the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) to answer questions from the private sector on how best to contribute to the relief effort. 
  • Drum Commodities Limited provides logistical services and risk control for aid agencies across Africa and the Middle East. Services also include warehouse auditing, stock controls and fumigation provision. Here Jethro Freeman, Business Development Manager for Drum Commodities Limited discusses their new expansion into working with the aid sector.
  • SATcase™ - a waterproof case which enables the use of truly global satellite communications using the SAMSUNG Galaxy S4 smartphone where there is no mobile coverage - has been created with knowledge gained from working in the IT and Telecoms Industries for over 25 years, as well as first-hand experience working in satellite communications for search and rescue operations in challenging environments.

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