Description: Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 - africa.aidforum.org - Interview with Fieke Geerts, Enterprise Developer, Orkidstudio
28 February - 1 March I Safari Park Hotel I Nairobi, Kenya
The 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 28 February and 1 March 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel. The two day summit attracted more than 350 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government, UN organisations, donors and media.
The aim of the practice-led conference was to share programme and policy updates, explore innovative solutions and facilitate effective cross-sector partnerships needed to improve aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa.
Day one focused on mobile technology supporting community resilience, data strategy, infrastructure and camp management as well as lessons learned from recent drought crisis, while the second day was dedicated to building Africa’s capacity to meet health SDGs and deal with public health threats. Addressing challenges of humanitarian logistics, update on procurement trends and business opportunities in sub-Saharan East Africa were also discussed.
The opening keynote address was given by Mary Mwale of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya. Keynote speakers and panellists included Peter Mwarogo, Country Director, Kenya, FHI 360, Pete Vowles, Country Director, Department for International Development (DfID), Philippe Carette, Country Director, Action Against Hunger, Andrew Karlyn, Regional Advisor, Africa, USAID and other experts from international organisations such as the Belgian Development Agency (BTC), Save The Children, World Food Programme, International Rescue Committee, Rockefeller Foundation, UN OCHA, World Vision, Millennium Challenge Corporation and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Aid & Development Africa Summit hosted an exhibition where over 30 private sector companies demonstrated their innovative solutions including cold chain solutions for vaccinations (B Medical Systems), malaria control interventions (Sumitomo Chemical), irrigation solutions (Netafim), water purification (Aquatabs), solar energy products (Greenlight Planet), helicopter services (GHS), IT infrastructure (ATEA), electronic cash transfers (sQuid Kenya), satellite, and data communications (Talia) and translation services (Strategic Agenda).
As a new feature of the Summit, Planet of the Apps presented mobile applications that support SDGs in the region. The showcased apps included ReliefWeb, AidHedge, ConviFarm, Agribusiness TV, E-ukulima, Share The Meal and ETC Reporter.
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31 Mar 2017