Agenda 2018
Early bird Breakfast Meeting

Invitation only breakfast briefing

Registration & Exhibition Opens

Start your day in the event hotel with tea, coffee and pastries


Alexandra Brown, Product Manager, AIDF

Opening Keynote

Siddarth Chatterjiee, United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) & UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya

Panel: Effective Partnerships for Aid & Development Programmes in Africa
  • Exploring the opportunities of sustainable collaboration with the humanitarian supply chain
  • Maximising social and economic benefits by choosing the right partner and programme
  • Monitoring and measuring effective collaborations
  • Evolution of partnerships in the humanitarian and development space: new actors, crowd sourcing, new trends
Presentation: Delivering Cash and Cash Aid Solutions to Persons of Concern
Case Study: The Impact of Digital Innovation on the healthcare sector in Africa

Innovations in global health technology can make health care more affordable, accessible, and effective for all people and accelerate the pace at which life-saving interventions reach those in need. This session will highlight the value of new technologies:


Malaria Consortium

  • Understanding the value of ‘ UpScale’, a new digital strategy to strengthen health systems, that uses data to generate real-time from community health workers in remote areas.
  • What is the future of the upSCALE platform and how will the Ministry of Health be involved
  • How can Investing in new innovative solutions help achieve long-term population health goals?



  • Using advanced Algorithms to detect diseases
  • 'Eye-phones' and mobile hearing
  • Drones for blood delivery
  • The impact of Mixed reality on healthcare provision in Africa
Morning Break
Discussion: Lifting the lid: How to leverage local innovation and engage key stakeholders so people can enable access to crucial health care services

Advances in medicine and technology are changing the course of life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis in Africa, but people continue to face significant barriers to accessing healthcare services. These barriers include stigma,  awareness / availability of information and lack of funding / financing mechanisms.

Collaborative solutions that leverage local innovation and engage key stakeholders and partners have helped address some of those barriers, but there is still much to be done.

B Medical Presentation

Session details to follow

STREAM A: Health & WASH Innovations
STREAM B: Technology by people, for people
Panel: Innovations and Reforms to Support Health SDGs
  • Building Africa’s capacity to meet health SDGs and deal with public health threats
  • Overview of current health threats and reforms in the region
  • Evidence-informed policy: ensuring health promotion reflects the latest science
  • How to improve strategic and public-private partnerships
  • How can African governments commit more investments to achieve SDGs on WASH
Panel: On the Go: Mobile Innovations to Support Community Resilience
  • Discussing the impact of mobile devices on development work
  • Utilising mobile technology to better reach and engage communities
  • How mobile solutions drive sustainable innovation and capacity building
  • Case studies: mNutrition, mAgri and mHealth programmes in Sub-Saharan East Africa
  • Best practice and lessons learned for scaling mobile-based initiatives
Networking lunch

Meet your peers and new contacts relevant to your work by choosing a themed lunch table. This will not be a moderated session, but rather an opportunity meeting like-minded participants and enjoy an interesting conversation over lunch.  

Panel: For a better world: Improving Maternal And Child Health
  • Update on regional maternal and child health initiatives and collaborations
  • Strengthening health programmes through the use of mobile technologies
  • Nutrition innovations and programmes to fight malnutrition and stunting
Panel: Communication, Connectivity and Social Networks
  • Empowering local communities to take leadership roles and be primary agents of their own response
  • Outlining real examples as well as future opportunities: how can innovation and partnerships in information and communications technology become more agile, localized and connected? 
  • Innovation in technology, especially with relation to youth engagement and employment
Innovation Pitch
Innovation Pitch
Panel: Innovations and Best Practices: Tackling Communicable Diseases
  • Disease prevention and control: vaccinations, testing, monitoring
  • Update on regional health programmes and collaborations
  • Update on rapid testing solutions
  • Improving access to HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling
  • Scaling up HIV treatment and care
Panel: The Tech Revolution and a look into the future: That’s Changing How We Measure Poverty

The world has an ambitious goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. But, without good poverty data, it is impossible to know whether we are making progress, or whether programs and policies are reaching those who are the most in need

  • Overall impact on the Tech Revolution on Development and Humanitarian fronts in Africa - Pros and Cons
  • Emerging trends and how they can benefit data (Demographic characterization) and measurement of poverty eradication trends and Humanitarian action prioritization
  • Is using technology to collect data a new solution to an old problem?
Refreshment Break
Presentation: Disaster Relief and Block Chain: Why This is The Future
  • What is blockchain and why is it relevant to us today?
  • Blockchain and public health; beyond just crisis response
  • OpenHealth Leaping ahead: Blockchain in health is the opportunity in Africa
  • Start Here!
Panel: Ensuring Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
  • Best practice and innovation in WASH
  • Better supporting WASH practice in
  • remote areas and conflict zones
  • Discussing quality requirements and guidelines for drinking water
  • Comparing solutions for water treatment
  • Feedback from hygiene awareness and education initiatives: what works, what doesn’t
Panel: Cultural Sensitivity in Humanitarian Assistance

Culture is constantly changing and transforming, therefore, a culturally embedded humanitarian response must be observed and taken into consideration. This means that all those involved in humanitarian work should communicate with and understand the local community’s culture from the early stages of intervention.

Innovator of the Year Award

From 360 nominations to one winner- Results announced live!

Presented by  Anne Macharia, Current Affairs and Environmental reporter, KU.TV

Closing Keynote

Science, technology and innovation and the potential of culture for promoting sustainable development

Closing drinks reception
Early-bird Breakfast

Invitation only to the most exclusive session of the event

Registration & Exhibition Opens

Start your day in the event hotel with tea, coffee and pastries 


Alexandra Brown, Product Manager, AIDF and Day 2 Chair Anne Macharia, Current Affairs and Environmental reporter, KU.TV

Opening Keynote Address

Andrew Mwenda, Owner, The Independent Publications

From citizen to client: Africa and the curse of foreign aid

Panel: Challenges for the future: Financing Aid and Development
  • Discussing the future of humanitarian funding and foreign aid
  • Increasing funding allocated to local aid groups
  • Looking at alternative financial models
  • Addressing inefficiencies and strengthening needs-based funding in the humanitarian systems
  • Financing of infrastructure projects
  • China and Turkey and the country’s financial involvement for the year to come
Regional Launch: Cash transfer programming: State of the World's Cash: where are we now, where are we going?

The State of the World's Cash Report, produced by CaLP, will be published on the 1st February. This session will see the report launched regionally. 

Key findings from the report will be presented, with reflections on the extent to which global cash commitments are being met

  • Views on the state of cash transfer programming in East Africa will be shared
  • The role of Government and other national and international actors in scaling up quality cash programming will be considered
  • Actions needed to accelerate change will be discussed
Innovation Pitch
Morning Break
STREAM A: Humanitarian Logistics
STREAM B: Infrastructure & Camp Management
Panel: Procurement: Trends And Best Practices in Africa
  • Update on UN procurement: eProcurement, tendering process, criteria
  • Procurement trends and business opportunities in sub-Saharan East Africa
  • Good practice in sustainable procurement
  • Addressing common contracting and compliance pitfalls
  • Transparency in procurement processes
Panel: Partnerships and Trends: Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Strengthening Rural Infrastructure
  • How can life and livelihoods of displaced people be protected and improved, looking at key areas such as shelter, energy, education, food and water supply
  • Innovations and trends in shelter assistance: disaster resilient settlements and shifting focus from temporary shelter to safe livelihoods and protection
  • Trends in public and private financing of agricultural projects
  • Looking towards the future of Climate Smart Agriculture for long-term resilience
Panel: Best Practice in Logistics and Supplier Management
  • Addressing challenges of last mile logistics: how access has changed in some regions
  • Safety of Aid Workers and Goods in Areas of Reduced Infrastructure or Conflict
  • Compliance and fraud prevention in INGO supply chains
  • Better engaging with local partners and communities
  • How to improve supplier relationship management and long term partnerships
Panel: Innovations, Partnerships and Policy Updates for Disaster Preparedness
  • Building a culture of resilience and risk awareness
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness and strengthening disaster management capacities
  • Discussing practices and policies for advancements in disaster prevention
  • Flood prevention and control: flood hazard mapping, risk management, migrating flood damage
  • Establishing effective and sustainable partnerships that meet their goals
  • Exploring the importance of having pre-disaster memoranda of understanding or other forms of agreements with the lead ministry in charge of disaster response.
Networking Lunch

Meet your peers and new contacts relevant to your work by choosing a themed lunch table. This will not be a moderated session, but rather an opportunity meeting like-minded participants and enjoy an interesting conversation over lunch.  

LAUNCH UN Women Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda

Delegates are invited to participate in topic-specific interactive networking sessions to discuss specific themes in more detail and off-the-record.

Discussions will start with a brief introduction of the group (max 5mins) followed by discussion (40 min) and a short summary by the moderator.


1. Collecting and Analysing Data to Improve Humanitarian Response - Ida Jeng, Lab Manager, United Nations Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (UNOCHA)

2. Logistics and blockchain technologies - Jim Nasr, Chief Software Architect, CDC

3. Youth and innovation in Africa: harnessing the possibilities of Africa’s youth for future transformation - Raphael Obonyo, Africa's Representative to the Global Coordination Board, World Bank

4. Security of Humanitarian aid workers: A concern at the heart of African humanitarian action

5. IOM - ECHO-Funded Global Solar and Water Initiative in Africa - Alberto Ibanez Llario, Wash and Solar Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

6. Sustainable utilization health data for routine decision-making in under-resourced settings: best practices and lessons learned. Clinton Health Access

Panel: Lessons Learned: What did we learn from the recent drought crisis

This session will examine disaster response activities to recent drought emergency in Sub-Saharan East Africa, identifying new best practice, challenges, possible solutions and what can be done better next time.

  • Improving preparedness and proactive mitigation: risk management, community engagement and resource stewardship
  • Effective drought response and humanitarian aid coordination: how to minimize gaps and overlaps of aid action
  • Building back better: discussing initiatives for ensuring better recovery, resilience and risk adaptation
  • What are the priorities and roles for key stakeholders?
  • How to incorporate governmental and private insurance, donor community resources, and financial strategies into drought preparedness plans
Closing Keynote
End of the Summit