Aidex Brussels 2014 - a roundup

Claire Hogarth18/Nov/2014Charities & NGOs

The Ebury team is back from AidEx 2014, which was a very interesting and informative event. AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development and, proved to be a great networking opportunity through which we met inspiring individuals and studied the theme of innovation through their insights.

Held on 12th to the 13th of November, the exposition brought together organisations – including private companies, NGOs and charities – from across Europe to explore the concept of innovation and what that means for the world of humanitarian aid and development.

Ebury gave the opening address, which made a great impact first thing and set the scene for the rest of the workshops across the two days.

One particularly good session was delivered on Thursday morning entitled ‘Innovating Innovation’ in which Luke Disney, Executive Director of North Star Africa, stated that “A lot of innovation mistakes happen because of a top-down approach, instead of listening to those on the ground.” This inspiring talk was delivered to a full audience and was one of many insightful sessions across the two days. It was encouraging to hear throughout the conference positive commentary on working with the private sector and finding ways to effectively collaborate. This became the theme of the closing speech from Ebury’s Director of Sales, Louis Pearce, which focused on how collaboration with the private sector can be one key to unlocking innovation.

AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community engage with the private sector on a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes to be as efficient as possible. We hope that this event has helped further those aims and look forward to supporting the sector as it continues to innovate and come across further financial and foreign exchange challenges.

We’d like to thank AidEx and all who were involved in creating this great event. It was a total success and it will be interesting to see how the sector develops and continues to innovate going forward. We would like to also congratulate the Aid Innovation Challenge winners, NRS Relief, part of NRS International, who presented the first fully Fire Retardant tents and tarpaulins to be introduced to the humanitarian aid community. This is a pioneering technological breakthrough in the history of humanitarian aid efforts. The solution is set to improve the delivery of aid to refugee camps, by making the camps dramatically safer, and they were very worthy winners.

We came to AidEx hoping to seal our commitment to the humanitarian aid and development sector, share knowledge and skills through our workshops, and build strong relationships with a broad range of charities, NGOs and their suppliers throughout Europe and beyond. We hope to have achieved this and look forward to connecting with the many people we met at AidEx over the coming months.

 

If you missed us at AidEx Brussels or are interested in foreign exchange for charities, please get in touch at charitiesteam@ebury.com.

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Written by Claire Hogarth

Marketing Executive at Ebury. English Literature graduate from the University of York and a motivated professional.