Aimed at helping to improve the delivery of aid, AidEx will comprise of an exhibition, conference, demonstrations and workshops. It will provide suppliers of transport with a unique platform to engage directly with buyers from governmental and intergovernmental agencies and NGOs.
Event director, Nicholas Rutherford, explains why the introduction of AidEx arrives at a pivotal time in the current climate: “Increasing economic pressure, combined with a growing scrutiny of foreign aid, has meant the humanitarian aid community must achieve its most effective deployment of budgets to date.
“This is the perfect opportunity for companies that supply services to the humanitarian aid sector to get in front of decision-makers and showcase their latest products.”
In addition, AidEx will provide delegates with unrivalled learning opportunities through conferences, workshops and seminars. Conferences will explore the latest issues in policy, funding and sourcing, such as transparency; use of local suppliers and advances in communications technology. Whilst workshops will cover practical applications of techniques, including rules and regulations relating to funding and training on logistics. AidEx is committed to helping professionals within the
international aid community work more closely together. Ensuring that the needs of the whole community are met, the organisers have set up a steering committee to guide event content. Members include key representatives from leading NGOs and businesses, including Pierre Boulet-Desbareau from Médecins Sans Frontières, Mike Goodhand from The British Red Cross, Amjid Illahi from Islamic Relief Worldwide and Phillip Hoare from Sightsavers International.www.aid-expo.co.uk