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HDA 2013

The Humanitarian Development Africa Summit, 2013, held in Association with the Kenyan Government on the 05-06th December, 2013, proved once again to be a huge success. Centred on aid and development activity in Africa, The Summit brought together leaders from the aid & development community with international business operators and senior representation from the Kenyan Government.

HDA 2013 took place in direct response to specific requests for the creation of a forum where The Private Sector could meet face to face with government officials, procurement officers, NGO’s and high ranking decision makers pertinent to their industry, to build partnerships, provide greater private sector investment, share insights, experiences, and to evaluate and formulate strategy to address the needs of the region.


Mr. Jason Reynard

Fully supported by the Government of Kenya, HDA 2013 began with a brief introduction from one of the CEO of the Humanitarian Development Agency, welcoming all the dignitaries and then outlining the necessity for such a summit and the role the Private Sector needs to play in the development of the region. Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Jason Reynard, Regional Director Bollore Africa Logistics…welcomed the Private Sector, discussing the need for sustainable development and the necessity for private sector participation.

Mr. Travis Heneveld

We then moved to a presentation from Mr. Travis Heneveld, Account Director United Nations at Motorola Solutions, discussed the importance of ICT/ mobile solutions and the portfolio of solutions Motorola are able to offer the Humanitarian Sector. Following on from Motorola, COWA,  were the first NGO of the morning to present. They discussed the work they have been undertaking in Kenya with local communities and their use of meditation and Yoga with the work they have been undertaking with the helpless throughout the region.

Mr. Rishi Ramrakha

Mr. Rishi Ramrakha, (Head of Zone Logistics Unit, Africa International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) was next to present, looking at the aims of the IFRC’s Global Logistics Service in Africa, their core functions and how they work within the African Zone. Rishi discussed the need for partnerships with the private/commercial sector as being the only way the IFRC would be able to achieve their goals for 2014 and looked towards to the commercial sector to engage in partnerships. An over-view of Global Logistics Services was given, how they work, the work carried out by the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Rishi then followed this with a discussion on the IFRC’s procurement procedure, how to register and how to submit for tenders

Next to the podium, the audience welcomed Codan. In their presentation Codan discussed in detail how they are able to provide innovative communications solutions to the needs of the aid and development community. Following on from Codan, we returned once again to NGO presentations. Islamic Relief and their Head of Program Mr. Abdalla spoke in detail about the NGO. Mr Rashid ran through the work that Islamic Relief is currently undertaking across Africa and more specifically the work being carried out in Kenya and the principles upon which the NGO was formed. He outlined how the agency works their policy towards emergency response and disaster relief. Mr Abdalla signalled religious beliefs play no role in their determination of who they help. The presentation then moved on to look at partnerships with Mr Rashid outlining how they would like to work with the private sector and the opportunities available.Mr. Abdalla Rashid, Head of Programs, Islamic Relief

Following the presentation from Islamic Relief, Ms. Susan Ngonga, General Manager Supply Chain at the Kenyan Red Cross. Susan offered an overview of the Kenyan Red Cross, and then moved onto how the Kenyan Red Cross is creating a favorable environment for partnerships and procurement. Following on from Susan, all attention turned once again to the Private Sector and Barrett Communications, discussing HF Communications.Susan Ngonga, General Manager Supply Chain at the Kenyan Red Cross

Following the last of the morning’s presentations from Mr David Sadler, we broke for a well-deserved lunch break. After lunch the summit reverted to the afternoon round table private meeting sessions, allowing the attending Private-Sector organisations to participate in private one-on-one meetings with the Kenyan Government Representative, and the attending UN agencies and NGO’s. The Afternoon meeting session ran very well indeed and proved to be extremely productive.

Mr David Sadler, Barrett Communications     Networking During the Morning Coffee Break     Audience During the Morning Presentation     Lunch    Afternoon one on one private meetings            


The second and final day of the summit began following news of tragic events the night before, namely the death of Mr Nelson Mandela, consequently, events were started with a one minute silence.

Following a very well observed minute’s silence, proceedings got under way with a presentation from the World Health Organisation entitled “Outbreak and Disaster Management”.  It was a thoroughly detailed presentation where a number of opportunities were put forward where the Private Sector’s help was needed and tender opportunities discussed. Lists of recent disasters were looked at, such as polio outbreaks in refugee camps and how the World Health Organisation managed these. A detailed account was given on the procurement of supplies from the private sector, and interest was shown on the communications systems on display at the summit and how the WHO maybe interested in discussions with the vendors in the afternoon during the private meeting sessions.

Ms. Nancy Mathu, Kenyan Government, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology

Ms. Nancy Mathu,

Following on from the WHO, Ms. Nancy Mathu, Kenyan Government, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology put forward a presentation. The Presentation centered on ICT and ICT’s contribution to Humanitarian Development as well as Kenya Vision 2030. Opportunities were then outlined by Ms. Mathu for the Private sector and partnership opportunities.

Following the morning coffee break, UNICEF came to the podium. The presentation offered by UNICEF looked at Supply and Logistics during Emergencies, and procurement for emergency equipment. The tendering process was outlined and a great deal of information was provided, listing all the equipment where procurement takes place and how to enter the procurement process.

Following on from UNICEF, Kickstart came to the podium, introducing themselves and how they operate. The presentation by Mr. Guy Redding Director for Fundraising and Partnerships outlined how Kickstart operate, designing, promoting and mass-marketing simple money-making tools that small-holder farmers buy and use to start highly profitable family enterprises. These new businesses create a sustainable solution to the rural poor’s most important need —a way to make more money—and enable the farmers to lift their families out of poverty. A very lively question and answer session then perused.  Mr. Guy Redding Director for Fundraising and Partnerships, Kickstart

Following on from Guy, Shelia from The Safety & Emergency Management Centre came to the podium, outlining their objective to Promote and encourage the best practice in the Emergency Management System, health, safety and environmental management. Following on from Semac, Harriet from .Bollore Africa Logistics outlined how they began operations in Africa, all the work they do and how they have the mechanisms available to work with the aid and development community. She outlined how Bollore address emergency challenges, organise and coordinate all the steps in a complete, multimodal supply chain, including chartering aircraft and ships, port and airport handling, managing administrative formalities in compliance with procedures, securely storing foodstuffs and merchandise and routing it to the final destinations, sometimes the remotest in Africa.

The final presentation of the morning was conducted by Mr. Andrew Lanyon, from World Vision International. The Presentation looked at building resilience and how communities can to adapt to living with uncertainty. Somalia was used as an example and how WVI were working with communities to help them build up resilience to the effects of food crises and respond to future hazards. A lively Q & A session ensued.  A well deserved lunch break was then taken, before we moved the to the afternoons round table meetings.

   Shelia, The Safety & Emergency Management Centre           Networking Opportunities, during the morning coffee break