This year we ran AidEx Nairobi as a webinar series on 15-16 September 2021. This series had a wider focus on East Africa. 

The theme for the series was: 'The impact of COVID-19 on East Africa, the need for better healthcare systems, lessons learnt and building future resilience'.

The AidEx East Africa Webinar Series was sponsored by:

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15th september


Introduction to AidEx East Africa webinar series &
Opening keynote speeches

09:00 - 09:30 UK time 11:00 - 11:30 EAT 

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Speakers:
Nicholas Rutherford


Nicholas Rutherford
Event Director
AidEx and Development2030

Imam Qasim

Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad
Founder and Executive Chair
Al-Khair Foundation
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 Ambassador Mirjam Blaak Sow
Head of Mission
Uganda Embassy Brussels

 

opening keynote: How can government, civil society and business work more closely together to meet the economic challenges of COVID-19?

Although many people think Kenya has managed the pandemic better than some other African countries, how can they reboot the economy to offset the sharp downturn in business caused by the pandemic?

09:30 - 10:00 UK time 11:30 - 12:00 EAT 

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Speaker:

Mike Foster

Mike Foster
Head of Economic Development and Climate Change
British High Commission in Nairobi
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How can mobile technology help support Kenya’s struggling healthcare system?

10:30 - 11:30 UK time 12:30 - 13:30 EAT

At time of writing, when the country has reported 122,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,000 deaths - a recent study found that the country has 537 ICU beds and fewer than 300 ventilators. Most Kenyans are able to access basic care but may need more specialist help – how can mobile technology assist people in remote locations?

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Speakers: 

 Jennifer Nyanjui

MODERATOR: Jennifer Nyanjui
Senior Strategic Advisor on Humanitarian Technology
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 Jocelyn

Jocelyn Williams
Independent Consultant
ICT4D
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 Karen Basiya

Karen Basiya
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Safaricom Plc
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 Ken Ogendo

Ken Ogendo
Health and Impact in Kenya
Living Goods
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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL) and Faith:Beyond Western Approaches?

12:00 - 13:00 UK time 14:00 - 15:00 EAT

What are good practices and lessons learned when doing Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL) in partnerships with/as local faith actors? What are some of the challenges and opportunities in this area? Is there space for fair, equitable and local approaches, including those that go beyond formalised Western frameworks?

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Speakers: 

 Cyprian

MODERATOR: Reverand Cyprian Yobera
Founder
The Kanzi Kibera Friends and Kanzi Kenya Foundation
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 Daryn Joy O.Go

Daryn Joy O.Go
Research Associate
International Care Ministries (ICM)
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 Jennifer Eggert

Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert
Senior Research Associate
Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI)
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 Nobuyuki
Nobuyuki Asai
Director for Sustainable Development and Humanitatian Affairs
Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
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 Daniel Muvengi
Dr. Daniel Muvengi
Regional Director, Faith and Development for the Eastern Africa Region
World Vision International
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How can solar and other alternative energy sources help in a pandemic?

13:30 - 14:30 UK time 15:30 - 16:30 EAT

Solar kept lights and phones working for East Africa during pandemic blackouts. What else could be done to make a more permanent switch to solar which could contribute to curbing climate change.

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Speakers: 

Mark Hankins

MODERATOR: Mark Hankins
Managing Director
African Solar Design
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Deborah Ssempasa
Deborah Ssempasa
Regional Head UN/NGO & development Sector Country Manager
Kenya W. Giertsen Energy Solutions
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Barrett Raftery
Executive Director
Give Power
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Pam

Pam Onyanyo
CEO and Founder
SkyEnergy Africa
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Sen

Sen Chang
CEO
Yolk
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16th september


How have East African businesses managed supply chain disruptions through alternative sourcing and strategic partnerships?

09:00 - 10:00 UK time 11:00 - 12:00 EAT

Businesses smoothened supply chains. For example, Herdy Fresh, Kenyan grocery e-commerce platform, engaged new suppliers from Nairobi to cope with movement restrictions. Sendy, an e-logistics provider, partnered with Tuskys supermarket chain to facilitate home delivery and Lynk, a blue-collar job matching platform, partnered with Safe Hands Kenya to provide 800 cleaners for sanitation services in Nairobi’s suburbs.

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Speakers: 

Carly

MODERATOR: Carly Althoff
Managing Director
Journeyman
International, Inc.
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Shelia Gladstone

Sheila Gladstone
Director
ITO Global Logistics
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Rajinder Sagoo
Client Relationship Director
AIDONIC
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Guillaume

Guillaume Charpenel
Managing Partner
Sawa Energy 
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Is the wider East African region at risk of a ‘hunger pandemic’?

10:30 - 11:30 UK time 12:30 - 13:30 EAT

An East African coalition of humanitarian NGOs recently surveyed its members to learn more about how they are responding to the current situation. It found 66.7% have withdrawn staff from countries like South Sudan, Somalia, and others topping the U.N.’s list about concerns of a potential “hunger pandemic.”

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MODERATOR: Oliver Mathew
Managing Director
Evenproducts
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Parvin Ngala
Parvin Ngala
Regional Director (Interim) Oxfam International Horn East and Central Africa (HECA) region
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Tewolde

Tewoldeberha Daniel
Regional Nutrition focal point
UNICEF
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Joyce 
Joyce Murerwa
Technical Lead for Nutrition
Amref Health Africa
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Philanthropic projects in Tanzania - it is more than a bag of money

12:00 - 13:00 UK time 14:00 - 15:00 EAT

What is the world going to look like post-COVID? With many countries having made cuts to their foreign aid budgets there is a window of opportunity for the private sector. Entering into a philanthropic partnership or CSR programme is not just buying that ‘do good’ feeling and getting positive PR. You need to get involved if you want to shift the world. Companies, individuals, and foundations all sit on capacity, expertise and knowledge that is equally valuable to be shared. Being an active part of project development and capacity building is the foundation for well-defined and well-executed programmes and the key to successful and scale-able projects.

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Speakers: 

Nina 
MODERATOR: Nina Hjortlund
Founding Director and CEO
Australia for Cedar Tanzania & ARTEFACTZ
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Peder

Peder Pedersen
CEO
The Charitable Foundation
Regional Nutrition Focal Point
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Phil

Phil Hepworth
Founder
Water for Africa
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How to build resilient livelihoods – what are the priorities for Government, NGOs and local communities?

13:30 - 14:30 UK time 15:30 - 16:30 EAT

Building back better; what needs to be done for a sustainable, resilient recovery in post-COVID East Africa.

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Speakers: 

Zahra

MODERATOR: Zahra Kassam
Founder and CEO
Kuwa Urban Spaces by People
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Mariwan Baker

Dr. Mariwan Baker
Chairman and Founder
Bring Hope Foundation
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Kathleen Charles

Kathleen Charles
Senior Investment Promotion Expert and SME finance Advisor
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Andrew Parris
Process Excellence Manager
Medair
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end of series summary

14:35 - 14:50 UK time 16:35 - 16:50 EAT

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Nicholas Rutherford
Nicholas Rutherford
Event Director
AidEx and Development2030

Imam Qasim

Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad
Founder and Executive Chair
Al-Khair Foundation
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The AidEx East Africa Webinar Series was sponsored by:akf logo

Al-Khair Foundation, a leading UK Muslim INGO, has distributed more than 200 million in humanitarian and development aid benefitting communities andpopulations across 64 countries worldwide. It works in some of the world's most impoverished and stricken areas often not reached by other charities.

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