• 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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