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    19-20th November | Washington DC, USA

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Two Days of Inspiration!

19-20th November | Washington DC, USA

The sixth annual AIDF Disaster Relief Summit was held in Washington D.C. on the 19th and 20th November at the Ronald Reagan Building. Over two days close to 400 participants representing international and regional NGOs, UN agencies, investors, governments, the military and private sector discussed best practice in field operations, logistics and transport, emergency water security and ICT solutions for disaster response and preparedness.

Addressing a full house on the changing technology landscape for disaster relief, the first expert panel featured Hani Shannak, Chief Operations & Services, UNICEF, David Jones, Chief Executive, Rescue Global and Nicholas Assad, Managing Partner, Connected Development Group. The speakers addressed the data challenges in emergency situations, the digital gap between first responders and local communities and the importance of keeping it simple and understanding local customs and culture.

This debate was carried over to the second panel on effective emergency communication by Richard Parker, VP Communications, Project Concern International, Thomas Sullivan, Chief of Staff, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Widson Petit-Freres, AVP, PCCW Global and Omar Abou-Samra, Senior Advisor, American Red Cross, who presented their disaster preparedness app. The debate highlighted the importance of humanitarian social networks, sharing data between responders as well as the increasing impact of 2-way communication between agencies and beneficiaries. The moderator Gianluca Bruni, Chief of IT Emergency Coordination, WFP, pointed out that “Information communication IS aid!”

Safety of field personnel was also a main topic at this event. Alastair Morrison OBE MC, Director at RW Chelsea Group, mentioned that “International aid workers are at greater risk due to perceived links with the government”. Amaury Cooper, Deputy Director of Risk Management & Global Security at INSSA, warned that “security is often seen as an afterthought and the first thing cut from the budget. In fact, security should be seen as enabler”. While Drew Brandy, VP Strategy & Development at Inmarsat, showed how ICT communications and tracking solutions can support security of staff. The panel agreed that programme delivery sometimes stops because money has to be re-allocated from at to staff safety. So the key learning here is: Think of safety first!

Following an interesting case study from Paul Cropper, Global Lead Military and NGO sector, Philips Healthcare, the audience split into interactive roundtable discussions, which allowed to drill into today’s topics in more detail and off-the-record. After a lively networking lunch the summit continued in two conference rooms for the streams on Field Operations and ICT Solutions.

The Field Operations session started with an engaging presentation by Augustina Maria Rato and Ojea Andrea Lucas Quintana, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Workship of the Argentine Republic, sharing insights on the work and achievements of the White Helmets Initiative and celebrating with us their 20th anniversary. A discussion on improving product standards followed with presentations from Mario Flores, Director, Habitat for Humanity, Farhaj Sawar, Manging Director, NRS International, John Mitchell, Coordinator, Cookstoves & Indoor Air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Martin Keitsch, Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief Systems, Kaercher Futuretech. Part of this session was also a conference version of Shark Tank/ Dragon’s Den with organisations presenting their relief products to a panel of field operations and procurement experts. The field operations debate can be summed up that safety vs. economy is a tough battle when developing new disaster relief and aid products, but using poor quality products often ends up hurting more than they help.

And of course the current Ebola emergency was a big topic throughout the event, from Ebola response communication in Liberia up to regional advice from Dr. Joxel Garcia, Director, District of Columbia Department of Health, on Ebola preparedness here in the city. Dr. Garcia stresses “We need to make sure we use science before we make policy.”

At the same time, the ICT stream kicked off with a case study by Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch, Director, Pacifico, on the use of new technologies for building resilience and engaging the community. Followed by a debate on best practices in data collection and analysis, with key presentations from Suman Biswas, CEO, NiyamIT, Sanja Celebic-Lukovac, Head of Project Development, IOM Iraq, and Steve Birnbaum, Chairman of Humanitarian Assistance, Global VSAT Forum. Also the growth of mobile money in developing countries and its impact on aid work had been examined with a focus on electronic payment applications by Sara Murray, Mercy Corps, Hamilton McNutt, Nethope, and Max Larson Henry, CEO, Transversal.

And the final panel of the day showed how agencies an better utilize their existing technology and get the most out of what they’ve got, with practical advice by Keith Robertory, American Red Cross, Alex Pompe, IREX, and Dr. Steve Hunt, Team Rubicon.

AIDF saw a packed exhibition floor with over 30 carefully selected companies from around the world showcasing their latest innovations and services that will drive the disaster relief forward. Strategic partners included Kaercher Futuretech GmbH, Ford Motor Group, Inmarsat, Philips, Thuraya, Clements Worldwide, Navistar, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, NRS International, Embassy of Argentina, Worldwide Industries, Yahsat, Royal Roads University, PYAM, SAF, Basboga, Butyl Products Ltd, Greenshields Cowie, Parker, Sawyer, SATMED, Emergency.lu, , Amzco, BeinSync, H2gO Purifier, Sun-STAT, MPOWERD, Fundación Exportar, Capia, The Chelsea Group, Aquamira, NIyam, Transversal, PCCW Global.

On the second summit day Dmitri Dovgopoly, Director, UN Procurement Division gave an inspiring and entertaining presentation on emergency procurement stressing the importance of using modern technology and innovations. He explained his department’s best value approach for procurement, saying that basing procurement on lowest price costs too much and should rather be based on total costs, including disposal.

The morning was all in the light of finance and partnerships for disaster relief, with interesting contributions by Sergio Pombo, formerly IFC, Britt Lake, Global Giving, Samuel Bendett, TIDES, National Defence University, and Bernardo Valenzuela, President, Terranova Global Trading Solutions. Followed by an outstanding gathering of procurement professionals, including Bryan Cook, Chief of Corporate Procurement, World Bank, Monica Siles and Trexyl Chua-Miranda, Peace and Security Cluster, UNOPS, Jin Leong, CPO, IMF, and John Abood, USAID sharing first hand insights on successful sourcing and supplier management and useful tips on working with the UN and investors.

After another round of interactive group discussions, for example on Women and Disaster Relief, moderated by The Female Health Company, on Procurement Strategy and Logistics Challenges, lead by Baker Hostetler and Bolloré Africa Logistics respectively, the audience enjoyed a networking lunch before choosing between two different streams: Logistics & Transport and Emergency Water Security.

Key topics of the Logistics session included how to achieve operational efficiency, with a lot of talk on open source and open data solutions. Dale Kunce of the American Red Cross stated “We try to use the power of the crowd.” He was joined by Jaden McNeely, Global Refuge International, Wiley Knight, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, and Steve Smith, Airlink. The panel agreed that pre-planning and mapping out a supply chain that moves fast is critical for operational efficiency. And there is a big need to build local capacity when external funding runs out.

Vehicle and Fleet management is the second highest cost, after personnel. Martin Walsh, Global Vehicle Leasing Programme, WFP, and Kirk Born, Emergency Market Services, Ford Motor Group, shared their first-hand insights on best practices in fleet management and the importance of lifecycle maintenance. Peter James, Clements Worldwide, added that we are seeing a shift towards self insurance programmes and addressed the importance of good claims management, internal payment funding and reserve funds for catastrophic loss. And Navistar introduced their new Multi-Purpose-Vehicle which combines water purification, fire fighting and medical care in one truck.

The parallel running Emergency Water Security sessions, moderated by Adam Marlatt, President, Global DIRT and Logistics Coordinator, UNDP, kicked off with a general debate on ‘what is clean water’ ddressing concerns on water quality in emergency situations. The audience benefited from a wealth of field experience and scientific expertise by Martin Keitsch, Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief Systems, Kaercher Futuretech, Dr. Dennis Warner, Millennium Water Alliance, John Akudago, Samaritan’s Purse, and Kevin Sofen, W.S. Darley & Company.

The discussion on sanitation and waste water management discussed adequate solutions for different disaster relief scenarios. The following speakers shared their insights on emergency WASH programmes and innovations: Craig Ball, Butyl Products, Dr. Ian Halsall, Worldwide Industries, and Jason Krass, Toilets for People. The discussion on identifying the best suited solution for water security was continued in the pitch tank session, where three different technologies by Aquamira, Kaercher Futuretech and Worldwide Industries where presented to an expert panel for evaluation and feedback.

Since often there is no clear line between emergency water security and development water security, the event also offered a session on development water management, which was joined by Radwan Chowdury, UDiON Foundation, Lisa Schechtman, Water Aid America, and Bill Horan, Operation Blessing International. The contributors and audience concluded that local social, cultural and technological customs need to be considered for any WASH programmes, whether development or disaster relief. Also the sustainability of WASH programmes needs to be better addressed and measured. This point was particularly highlighted by Elynn Walter, WASH Advocated, and Jason Meisner, Relief International, during their contributions on health promotion activities.

For the conclusion of the summit Lauren D’Amore, Save the Children, and David Jones, Rescue Global, highlighted the importance of training to improve safety and stressed that a better coordination of stakeholders is needed to really improve aid and disaster response. This very much brings us back to the overall objective of this 6th Annual AIDF Disaster Relief Summit to bring all stakeholders together in one
room to establish effective policies and best practice for better, safer and more efficient emergency response, from NGOs to military, from UN and aid agencies to private sector, research organisations, investors and the government. And we are looking forward to continue the conversations next year!

The Objective

The Objective

The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way. We have developed the agenda in consultation with key organisations, such as UNOCHA, World Vision, UNOPS, USAID, Red Cross, World Bank, Aidmatrix, and CIPS. This year’s programme focuses on best practice in logistics and transport, innovations in water security and ICT solutions for disaster relief – while also offering our sought-after experiential zone and unique pitch tank sessions.

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Why Attend?

Why Attend?

By attending you’ll hear the latest trends in relief and crisis management, discover new innovations and practical solutions, compare your approaches and benefit from first-hand insight from your peers and partners. AIDF will help you to build long lasting partnerships and more effective collaborations. In only two days you will discover new business opportunities, exchange ideas and influence the global debate on improving disaster relief and recovery.

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Who Visits?

Who Visits?

This summit has been designed to attract the world’s attention through forming an exclusive platform of global expertise and cross-sector engagement, including senior representatives from UN and government agencies, development banks, civil societies and the private sector. Particularly Directors in Operations, Logistics, Procurement, Supplier/ Partner Management, IT and Technology Directors as well as Water Experts, Engineers and Field Managers will benefit from this multi-stream event.

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Speakers

2014 Disaster Relief Speakers

This year’s speakers

Partners

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Schedule

Logistics & Field Operations

This summit gathers experts from the humanitarian and aid sector to share their insight and best practice on how to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a safer and more effective and cost-efficient way.

Registration

Welcome

Changing ICT landscape for Disaster Relief Panel

Effective Communication & Humanitarian Social Networks
Panel

Refreshment Break

Safety of Field Personnel
Panel

Case Study

Roundtable Discussions

Networking Lunch

Field Operations
Panel

Improving Product Standards to Protect Life and Liveliehoods of Beneficiaries

Refreshment Break

Pitch Tank: Latest Product Inventions for Disaster Relief Onsite
Pitch Tank

Case Studies: Emergency Response & Recovery

Closing Remarks

ICT Solutions

There are exciting developments that now allow aid agencies to communicate and deliver services far more effectively than in the past both in humanitarian crises and development. Plus better technology for foresight and prevention. The aim of this event is to discuss how new ICT inventions impact humanitarian and development operations and help attendees to communicate and deliver their services more effectively.

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Keynote Address

Changing ICT landscape for Disaster Relief Panel

Effective Communication & Humanitarian Social Networks
Panel

Refreshment Break

Safety of Field Personnel
Panel

Case Study

Roundtable Discussions

Networking Lunch

Case Study

Best Practice in Data Collection and Analysis Panel

Refreshment Break

Panel: Electronic Payment Applications as Tools for Delivering Financial Relief

Panel: Utilizing Your Existing Technology More Efficiently

Closing Remarks

Logistics & Transport

Logistics is often the most complex element of any relief operation. The speed and efficacy of relief programs depends on the ability of logistics director to procure, transport, receive, and distribute supplies to the site and the beneficiaries. Furthermore logistics serves as a bridge between disaster preparedness and response, between procurement and distribution, and between headquarters and the field. An effectively structured and managed relief supply chain is crucial to the success of any relief agency. As UNOCHA says so clearly "Coordination saves lives!"

Registration

Welcome

Emergency Procurement
Panel

Innovative Financing Mechanism for Disaster Relief Projects
Panel

Building Successful Public Private Partnerships and Collaborations
Panel

Refreshment Break

Developing an Effective Procurement Plan Panel

Roundtable Discussions & Experential Zone Discussion

Networking Lunch

Achieving Operational Efficiency
Panel

Best Practice in Fleet Management
Panel

Refreshment Break

Supply Chain Solutions for Transport and Shipping
Pitch Tank

Panel: Harness the Power of Training
Panel

Closing Keynote Address

Water Security - Day 2

Water supply for emergency situations is crucial as humans can only survive up to 3 days without water. Ensuring safe drinking water and sanitation for displaced people remains a major challenge. But new technology in filtration and portable energy supply are available.

Registration opens

Keynote Address

Emergency Procurement
Presentation

Innovative Financing Mechanism for Disaster Relief Projects
Panel

Building Successful Public Private Partnerships and Collaborations
Panel

Refreshment Break

Providing Safe Drinking Water for Displaced People
Panel

Roundtable Discussion & Experiential Zone Discussion

Networking Lunch

Sanitation and Waste Water Management Panel

Development Water Management: Ensuring Water Security for Vulnerable People
Panel

Refreshment Break

Water Security Knowledge Management to Ensure Better Disaster Preparedness and Response
Panel

Health Promotion Activities
Panel

End of Summit

Side events


  • Media training

    Media training

    The Broadcasting Board of Governors and Voice of America, in partnership with the Aid and Development Forum, present a pre-conference training on media response during disasters. Event takes place at VoA headquarters in Washington D.C.

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  • Breakout Sessions & Workshops

    Breakout Sessions & Workshops

    Throughout the two day summit, there will be numerous opportunities for the attendees to engage and discuss hot topics in more detail and beyond the limits of the conference rooms. We invite you to participate in our series of engaging and interactive round table discussions as well as practical workshops on ‘Procurement and Supplier Management’, ‘Application and Usability of ICT Solutions for Disaster Relief’ and ‘Emergency Water Management: Field meets Engineering’.


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Conference Venue

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Washington DC

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington DC 20004

Getting Here

By Car

By Car

Located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, event building is in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC's finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.

Air Travel

Air Travel

Visitors should make their own flight transportation arrangements to the Airport and to their respective hotels.

Travel Notes

Travel Notes

Located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, event building is in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC's finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.

Hotels Nearby

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City 3*

2 Double Bed Standard @ $184 + Tax (13%)

Book online via The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City website. Reservations must be made no later than 20th of September 2014.

Henley Park Hotel 3*

Standard Room – One Queen bed
@ $199 + Tax (14.5%)

Deluxe Room – One Queen or King bed
@ $209 + Tax (14.5%)

Junior Suite – One King bed and sitting area
@ $249 + Tax (14.5%)


Book online via The Henley Park Hotel website and use the promo code AIDF or by calling 001-202-414-0503 and quoting the promo code AIDF. Reservations must be made no later than 6th of October 2014 and please note, the arrival date is from 19th of November 2014.

HYATT Regency Crystal City 3*

King Room - Single Occupancy
@ $179 + Tax (13%)

King Room - Double Occupancy
@ $179 + Tax (13%)

King Room - Triple Occupancy
@ $204 + Tax (13%)

King Room - Quadruple Occupancy
@ $229 + Tax (13%)


Book online via The HYATT Regency Crystal City website. Reservations must be made no later than 28th of October 2014.

InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. 4*

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 United States +1 202-628-9100

JW Marriott Washington, DC 4*

1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 United States +1 202-393-2000

W Washington D.C. 4*

515 15th Street NW · Washington, District of Columbia 20004 · United States +1 202 661-2400

News

  • 16 October 2014

    Infographic: Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction

    Infographic: Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction

    This week is the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is celebrated on 13 October every year and this year’s theme is “Resilience for life”. The focus of this year is on older people as their needs are often ignored, despite being some of the most vulnerable people in disasters. IDDR encourages all citizens and governments, to participate in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. In connection with the day, Aid & International Development Forum recognizes the importance of disaster reduction and has released an infographic on “Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction”.

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  • 27 August 2014

    World Humanitarian Day: Infographic about the importance of partnerships in disaster management

    World Humanitarian Day: Infographic about the importance of partnerships in disaster management

    Aid & International Development Forum, releases an infographic on “How Partnerships & Technology Can Improve Disaster Management”. The infographic was produced in connection with the upcoming World Humanitarian Day, which falls every year on the 19th August. The day commemorates those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service. This year’s focus is all about putting the spotlight on #HumanitarianHeroes across the globe who are committed to making a difference.

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Contact

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Contact info

Pierluigi Garibaldi

Registrations & Communications

Email: pgaribaldi@aidforum.org

Agnes Gradzewicz

Head of Marketing

Email: agnesg@aidforum.org

Sonja Ruetzel

Event Director

Email: sruetzel@aidforum.org

 

 

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