Early bird Breakfast Meeting

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Registration & Exhibition Opens

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


Alexandra Brown, Product Manager, AIDF

Opening Keynote

Olawale Maiyegun Director, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission

Morning Discussion: 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
B Medical Presentation
Geographical location becomes irrelevant: the impact of mixed reality technologies on the African healthcare landscape

According to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that while Africa has a quarter of the world’s disease burden, it is home to just 2% of its doctors. Mixed reality technologies will unveil an entire world of possibilities when it comes to the way in which we approach problem-solving throughout Africa. Digital access to critical professional services is set to be a potential game change especially in healthcare.

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.

Morning Break
STREAM A: Health & WASH Innovations
STREAM B: Technology by people, for people
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
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
Innovation Pitch
Innovation Pitch
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.  

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 mal-nutrition and stunting
Emergency 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
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 counselling
  • Scaling up HIV treatment and care
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: 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
Presentation: Update on Cash-Based Programmes & Financial Inclusion
  • Growth of mobile money in Sub-Saharan East Africa and what this means for the development sector
  • Driving digital and financial inclusion: Coordinating and enabling policies promoting financial inclusion
  • Use of cash transfers with the emergency context vs development programmes
  • Partnerships and collaborations for electronic payment applications
Technology in Africa: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
  • Algorithms to detect diseases
  • 'Eye-phones' and mobile hearing
  • Drone blood delivery
Disaster Relief and Block Chain: Why This is The Future
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.

Closing Keynote

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

Network Drinks Reception
Early-bird Breakfast

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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

Morning Discussion: 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
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
Innovation Pitch
Innovation Pitch
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
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 of disaster prevention
  • Flood prevention and control: flood hazard mapping, risk management, migrating flood damage
  • Establishing effective and sustainable partnerships that meet their goals
Innovation Pitch
Innovation Pitch
AID in ACTION - Interview

This session will welcome the initiator and beneficiary of recent large scale aid programme in Kenya. Sharing the first-hand experience of the recipient will offer new perspective on the successes and limitations the projects to help facilitate best practice for future 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.  

Innovator of the Year Award

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

Judges include: Catherine Wiesner, Regional Refugee Coordinator, UNHCR


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. The future of mobile payments - Oltesh Thobias, Regional CPO, African Development Bank Group

Discussion: 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

Malam Femi Taiwo, Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University

End of the Summit