The event entitled ‘The Changing Face of Aid' will be attended by guests from all over the world including major humanitarian aid agencies, development experts, producers, and service suppliers that provide aid to, among others, the victims of natural disasters, epidemics, and conflicts.
The goal of AidEx 2012 is to facilitate a fruitful discussion on innovative approaches to humanitarian and development aid. The world economic crisis has highlighted the need for developing well-studied and effective solutions for development and humanitarian assistance.
The opening speech of the conference will be delivered by the Director General Mr Claus Sørensen, ECHO (European Commission DG for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection). The AidEx fair and conference will also be attended by representatives of other major humanitarian and development agencies and organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), CARE and OXFAM International. In total the organisers are expecting over 2000 experts from the field of humanitarian and development aid, as well as 200 producers and service suppliers involved in those sectors, to participate in the event.
AidEx is a platform created under the patronage of major NGOs to address humanitarian aid and development issues, to facilitate expertise and knowledge sharing among partners from a practical, on-the-ground perspective.
The first AidEx took place in 2011 in Brussels bringing together almost 1 800 experts from all over the world, from senior political leaders to procurement and logistics officials working for NGOs and governmental and intergovernmental agencies. Additionally, over 200 suppliers from a wide range of sectors participated at the event.
AidEx 2012 will include an exhibition, a conference and a number of demos and practical workshops. AidEx is free to attend for visitors, on either or both days. To receive a free entry badge to the event, please register at http://www.aid-expo.com/en/visitor-zone/registration.aspx.
For more information about the event programme and location, please visit http://www.aid-expo.com/.