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Democratising climate resilience and disaster response

More than $1.5 trillion in damage was caused as a result of natural disasters across the globe during 2003-2013. Every year millions in North America are affected by natural disasters whether it is drought, hurricanes, flood, earthquakes, forest fires and landslides. Flooding affects more people than any other disaster. In 2016, the U.S. saw more floods than ever in response to rapidly changing systems of weather patterns.


The role of IT in sustainable development goals

Information and communication technology (ICT) is the key driver for accelerating innovation, improving economic development, social development and environmental protection. As such, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Unesco launched the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development to showcase and document the power of ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development.


From Intent to Action: Highlights for Asian Ministers

The world is facing unprecedented crises and growing challenges. With an estimated 98.5 million people affected by disasters in 2015 alone, the number and scale of disasters triggered by natural hazards are increasing. There are 65 million people forcibly displaced both within and across borders, resulting in mounting humanitarian needs which are exceeding available resources. Meanwhile, the rate of globalisation and urbanisation makes the realities of health crises much harder to contain.


[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Disasters & Development Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa

Today, the world is facing unprecedented crises and growing challenges. A total of 574 disasters were reported in 2015 alone, 116, or 20 percent, of which occurred in Africa. These disasters affected 108 million people globally, 31 million (29 percent) in Africa alone. In 2015, 32,550 people were killed as a result of disasters, compared to 14,389 in 2014. In addition, the total amount of disaster estimated damage in 2015 was almost US$ 70.3 million.


The Global Humanitarian Overview 2017: Record funds for record need

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners across the world has launched the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017, a consolidated appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict around the world. The report states that for 2017, humanitarian partners will require a record US$22.2 billion to meet the needs of 92.8 million people in 33 countries. The appeal, which is the largest in the history of the United Nations, will support humanitarian efforts in some the world’s worst affected areas.


Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 featured in TradeWinds

We are pleased to have been featured in TradeWinds Publication by Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Centre.


The World Disasters Report 2016: the ignition for building resilience

The world today is facing unprecedented crises and growing challenges. It has been estimated that 98.5 million people have been affected by disasters in 2015 alone. Furthermore, the number and scale of disasters triggered by natural hazards are increasing. Over 65 million people have been forcibly displaced both within and across borders, resulting in mounting humanitarian needs which are exceeding available resources.


United Nations Day

United Nations Day is observed on the 24th October each year, 2016 marks the 71st anniversary of the United Nation’s creation in 1945. In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the major progress that has been made towards a more sustainable future through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in addressing the threat posed by climate change, through the Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on 4th November.


International Day for Disaster Reduction: “Live to Tell”

​The 13th October marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction; the 2016 “Live to Tell” campaign seeks to create a wave of awareness about actions taken to reduce mortality around the world. In July 2016, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, launched “The Sendai Seven Campaign – 7 Targets, 7 Years”, an advocacy initiative to advance the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of saving lives, reducing disaster losses and improving management of disaster risk.


5 Ways to Harness Data and Technology for Disaster Response

When disaster strikes, real time updates about evolving crisis situations and information about those affected, including their needs and locations, are paramount to effective emergency response and better decision-making. Yet gathering essential data to provide rapid disaster relief involves many challenges ranging from security of aid workers to cultural barriers and difficulties in communication.


Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016: CHIP Takeaways

We were among the over 300 attendees convened in Washington, D.C. for the Aid & International Development Forum’s Global Disaster Relief Summit to discuss the latest trends & lessons learned in disaster relief work worldwide. This may seem obvious, but when disasters strike, the voices of those most affected are not always heard. One way funders can help is by supporting local organizations with long-standing ties in affected regions. Investing in these groups not only addresses immediate needs on the ground after disasters but can also help ensure that communities have systems in place for future disasters. Intermediary organizations like Global Giving can help connect donors to such community-based nonprofits and grassroots initiatives around the world.


World Renowned Humanitarian Experts Gathered at Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

The AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 was held in Washington D.C. on 7-8 September at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Over two days the Summit gathered around 350 senior representatives of government and UN agencies, national and international NGOs, donor organisations, military, research institutes, private sector, and the media. Topics discussed at this year’s Global Disaster Relief Summit included innovation and good practice in emergency procurement, data and ICT strategy, humanitarian logistics, emergency health and WASH, financing and payment models, as well as lessons learned from recent emergencies and responses to the global refugee crisis.


Planet of the Apps at the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

The Planet of the Apps, as part of the Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 on 7-8 September in Washington D.C., presented some of the latest mobile applications supporting disaster relief operations to senior representatives and advisors from government and UN agencies, international and regional NGOs, CBOs, investors and donors, research institutes and the private sector. The shortlisted apps included the following: Share The Meal, ETC Reporter, mVAM, ReliefWeb Videos, ReliefWeb Headlines, Refugee Aid App (RefAid)


Future Humanitarian Financing: Looking Beyond the Crisis

The daunting scale of the humanitarian funding gap, and the seemingly intractable nature of many of the well documented humanitarian financing challenges, provided the backdrop to the Future Humanitarian Financing (FHF) dialogue events. Yet economic growth, increasing global connectedness, new technologies, innovation in financing and business practices and emerging global norms around the need to manage risk and build resilience were repeatedly stressed as grounds for optimism.


World Panel to Address Energy Poverty at Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

Access to energy is categorized by the UN as nothing less than a basic human right. In a wired and connected global society, having access to power – particularly mobile power – is as important as food and shelter. Four billion people worldwide currently have limited access to electricity or none at all. This is a global crisis. World Panel founder and CEO John A. Anderson learned about the importance of mobile energy first-hand on a trip to Uganda in 2011.


How satellite connectivity can enable successful delivery of the United Nations’ SDGs

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Information and communication technologies will be pivotal in helping to achieve these and Inmarsat is delivering the global satellite connectivity that is essential to giving people access to the modern digital world even in the most isolated locations.


Voice of America joins Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

Some 350 representatives from UN, Government and intergovernmental organisations, Red Cross, NGOs, donors and foundations, military, relief agencies and the private sector involved in the delivery of aid relief will gather in Washington D.C. for the Global Disaster Relief Summit next week.


[infographic] Technology’s Role in Disaster Aid Relief

Thousands of people are killed every year in natural disasters. Rescue teams and aid agencies often rely on technology to conduct rescue missions and help those who have been affected. Over the years, new technologies have been developed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of first responders, further deepening the role played by technology in disaster aid relief. To learn more, checkout the infographic created by Eastern Kentucky University’s online Masters in Safety, Security and Emergency Management. The infographic is a timely release for Global Disaster Relief Summit on 7-8 September in Washington D.C., where more than 350 international experts will meet to discuss the most pertinent questions around emergency response and resilience and share their innovations and best practice in disaster management, data and mobile technology, emergency communication and logistics


The Aftermath of Louisiana: Improving Resilience to Flooding

Unprecedented rainfall in the U.S. State of Louisiana, more than four times the average amount for August, has led to widespread and devastating flooding cross the area. At least 13 people have died and more than 40,000 homes have been damaged. Thousands remain in shelters or friends’ houses on higher ground, unable to return to their homes to assess the damage.


Harvey Johnson confirmed as a keynote speaker at Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016

Glad to announce Harvey Johnson, Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services at American Red Cross as a keynote speaker at AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016


Refugee Olympic Team get a warm welcome in Rio

Inspiring to see 1st ever refugee team in ‪Olympic‬ history receiving such a warm welcome! AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 will host a panel to discuss responses to current global refugee crisis.


CDC at the Forefront of the Fight Against Zika Virus

The 2015-16 Zika epidemic has seen the virus spread throughout South America and into Central and North America. In February this year, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus’ symptoms in adults tend to be relatively mild and flu-like, but it is capable of spreading from a pregnant woman to her baby. This has resulted in growing numbers of children being born with microcephaly – a condition where the brain does not develop normally, resulting in a small head and mental disabilities. There is currently no known treatment for Zika virus and the current outbreak is expected to last three years.


Overcoming challenges in deploying ICT solutions for disaster response

ICT and communications solutions are vital to disaster response operations. The latest figures show that the total number of internet users worldwide is 3.17 billion, up from 2.94 billion last year. The rapid expansion of access in developing countries promises almost boundless opportunities for innovation. However, actually deploying new technology presents challenges.


Call for Apps Supporting Worldwide Disaster Response

A new competition has been launched to find innovative apps that support worldwide disaster response activities. Apply now to have an opportunity to showcase your app at the “Planet of the Apps” as part of the upcoming Global Disaster Relief Summit 2016 in Washington D.C. Please get in touch with Sonja Ruetzel at sruetzel@aidforum.org


UN and Philippines using drones to help farmers tackle climate disasters

The Philippines and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are using unmanned drones to assess the risk of natural disasters to the country’s farmlands. Two drones have already been deployed as part of the project to assess the current El Niño conditions. Jose Luiz Fernandez, FAO representative in the Philippines, said: “Imagery generated from drone flights can reveal where agricultural infrastructure projects and service facilities like irrigation or storage facilities could be sited to best serve local farmers. The technology can also potentially support in the assessment of coastal and forest areas.”


Improving Disaster Response through Road Safety and Cross Sector Collaboration

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has partnered with Grab, Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform, in order to promote road safety and provide emergency assistance in the region, as two of the most compelling needs in the region. The IFRC-Grab partnership will be rolled out in the six countries where number of deaths reaches more than 100,000 every year, representing 8.15 per cent of the total global deaths. Natural disasters killed more than 350,000 in 500 incidents in South East Asia, with Indonesia and the Philippines being hit the hardest.


Facebook Trucks, Songs and Smartphones: A different view of post-quake Nepal

Like most things in Nepal, the mountainous country’s transport is colourful. All along the highway that runs between Kathmandu and Rasawa (close to the border with China), elaborately-painted trucks make daily delivery routes feel like parades. Alongside pictures of flowers, landscapes or movie stars, most trucks are adorned with written quotes about love and loss. As I travelled this road, one passing truck pronounced, ‘I spit on you, life’ in Nepali. Another mused over a lover’s betrayal: ‘She took my heart and stomped it into the ground’. Some, though, were more upbeat: ‘My heart for you always’ and ‘Forever yours’ and… ‘Facebook’.


The Use of Mobiles in Disasters

Recent natural and manmade disasters have taught us that resilient communications are vital to saving lives. Available and emerging technologies are evolving to meet the needs of governments, first responders and citizens in better informing all of us about risks and ways to reduce our vulnerability to them. The 2011 Tohoku (Fukushima) disaster brutally demonstrated how unreliable and over-taxed mobile and terrestrial phone networks can be during and immediately after a disaster. And yet there are examples of innovative alternatives that emerged to teach us about communications resilience.


AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit featured in the Best Nonprofit Conferences Celendar of 2016

Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) is delighted to be included in the calendar of best non-profit conferences for 2016, published by Everyaction. The 8th annual AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit, which will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. on 7-8 September 2016, was featured in the calendar.


Global Disaster Relief Summit Working to Continue the Efforts of World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. The theme for this year is #ShareHumanity. In the light of the World Humanitarian Day, the Aid International Development Forum (AIDF) is highlighting the importance of knowledge transfer, best practice and technological innovations to help save lives during and after disasters.


Humanitarian Aid and Trends in Procurement

AIDF has released an infographic that explores humanitarian aid and trends in procurement. Within disaster relief logistics, procurement accounts for 65% of total expenditures by the UN organisations. The latest figures released by the United Nations Procurement Division found the total procurement of goods increased by $826 million, a jump of 12.1 percent. This reflects a stark trend: the last decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters across the world.


[E-book] Best Practices and Lessons Learnt in Emergency Procurement

Looking ahead to the AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit 2015, the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) has released the AIDF Guide to Emergency Procurement. Within disaster relief logistics, procurement accounts for 65% of total expenditures. The latest figures released by the United Nations Procurement Division found the total procurement of goods increased by $826 million, a jump of 12.1 percent. This reflects a stark trend: the last decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters across the world.


Global Gathering in Washington D.C Drives Humanitarian Industry Forward

In November last year AIDF hosted its 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, D.C. This year’s event brought together humanitarian experts from NGOs, UN and government, military and the private sector for two days of thought-provoking discussions on how to improve disaster response.


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”.


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.


Increasing need of more efficient disaster response

NGOs, UN agencies, Governments, Military & Defense representatives, and private sector experts will gather in Washington D.C. to discuss best practice and collaborations for effective disaster relief. Recently, natural and man made disasters have occurred in different parts of the world, spanning from the Philippines, Middle East to South Sudan.


Watch 2013 Highlights Video

Watch our highlights video from last year's AIDF Washington exhibition. We are thrilled to introduce to you the new and improved 6th Annual AIDF Disaster Relief Summit. Based on your valuable feedback from past AIDF events, this year’s programme is even more practical, inspiring and focused on your specific needs.


Food Security 2013: Asia Higligths Video

Highlights video from AIDF Food Security: Asia 2013 is available to view now at our YouTube channel. Summit hosted at the United Nations Conference Centre on 26 and 27 November 2013 attracted more than 200 hundred delegates from more than 20 countries


Food Security 2013: Asia report has been launched!

Aid International & Development Forum has launched a new report addressing food security issues in Asia. The report has been produced based on contributions from world-leading experts incuding FAO, ADB, UNESCAP, WFP, GAIN, IRRI and others.