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HDA 2014

Humanitarian Development Africa 2014 

The Humanitarian Development Agency is pleased to announce its annual Humanitarian Development Africa Summit taking place in Nairobi on the 30-31st October, 2014. At a time when the challenges facing the aid and development community both now and in the future are immense, partnerships are key to tackling them. None of the major humanitarian and development goals such as eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, helping victims of humanitarian crises or improving education and healthcare, can be achieved in isolation.

As crises increases, international aid agencies are constantly implementing programmes aimed at fighting disease, reducing hunger and poverty, improving health care, dealing with emergencies etc. and in doing so, they procure an estimated US$50 billion worth of goods and services from the Corporate Sector

HDA 2014 will be the only summit to offer buyers and suppliers with the ideal platform to meet face to face and conduct business, in Africa, for Africa.

The Humanitarian Development Africa Summit, 2014 will bring together key decision makers from the aid and development community, Government Officials and international business operators, to discuss procurement opportunities, fulfill development objectives, and formulate strategy to address the needs of the region.

HDA 2014 will offer the ideal platform for national and International NGO’s, UN Agencies, Government and Commercial Sectors to build partnerships, and engage in private procurement discussions relating to projects and programmes across key industry sectors such as Logistics and Transportation, Healthcare, Disease Prevention, Food Security and Agricultural development, Education and Humanitarian Assistance and security.

KEY OBJECTIVES HDA 2014 will offer a unique and unrivalled opportunity to meet with those involved on the ground and in control of policy and procurement, providing an ideal platform where the Corporate Sector and partnering contractors will be able to meet face to face and enter into procurement discussions with Government Officials, Heads of Procurement and high ranking Key Decision Makers from local and international NGO’s, and the UN, pertinent to their industry. Building upon the success of previous summits, HDA 2014 will look to address key issues that have developed over the last 12 months, as well as looking at recent disasters to learn lessons from immediate relief efforts and reconstruction plans. 



HDA 2014 will offer a cost effective solution for establishing and maintaining relations within the aid and development marketplace. The summit will offer key networking opportunities alongside private one-on-one meetings to discuss procurement, formulate business partnerships and key alliances aimed at addressing the key humanitarian needs of the region.

Morning HDA 2014 morning sessions will offer key addresses by prominent speakers outlining sectors in need of investment and the opportunities this will present. Round-tables will also be prevalent, geared as a platform for bringing together a select group of experts to explore the character and dynamics of Key Sector Areas. Through the interchange of views, the round-tables will help to promote a better understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities confronting Humanitarian Development in Africa today, and will serve to establish a collaborative relationship and exchange among like minded experts.

Afternoon HDA 2014 afternoon sessions are dedicated to private pre-arranged meetings between heads of Procurement as well as key policy and top decision makers attending from the public sector and leading international, regional & local NGOs, UN Agencies, Governmental Departments and international associations with attending national and international solutions providers. HDA 2014 will allow all attending delegates and sponsors to pre-schedule meetings with individuals most relevant to their business before the summit takes place, offering a fantastic return on investment.


Key Sectors

Emergency Preparedness: Emergency/Essential Aid Supply & Temporary Shelter The steady increase in crises around the world has led to a sharp increase in the scale of humanitarian and emergency aid required to meet the vital needs of the people affected by them. Malnutrition, illness, wounds, forcible displacement of people, destruction of crops, breakdown of economic infrastructure and of health-care facilities, are some of the scenarios where aid for victims remains the primary responsibility. Emergency Aid and temporary Shelter helps to prevent the disastrous consequences of these crises, before the health of victims becomes affected. HDA 2014 will bring together principal stakeholders involved in the supply of Emergency Aid and Temporary Shelter for humanitarian and aid purposes with key international organisations responsible for purchasing this equipment.

Clean water and Sanitation Millennium Development Goal 7, Target 7C calls on countries to “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. Water and Sanitation are one of the primary drivers of public health. Diarrhea kills 4,000 children every day around the world. In Africa, it is the leading killer of children under 5 years old, causing more deaths than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Water scarcity, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation have a negative impact on food security, livelihoods, and educational opportunities. Progress towards the target set for sanitation coverage is the most off-track of all the MDGs.

Humanitarian Aid Logistics and Supply Chain Management Logistics preparedness is a key component of any disaster reduction effort as well playing a key role in emergency situations, accounting for an estimated 80% of disaster relief efforts from planning, mitigation and detection to response and recovery. Logistics also plays a key role in development and aid, spanning the processes and systems involved in mobilizing people, resources and knowledge for development projects, and aid and relief operations, as well as material aspects such as cargo, warehousing, distribution and transport. Logistics companies attending will have an opportunity to explore developments and challenges within logistics and to network with leading experts organisations at HDA 2014.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Over the past decade the use of ICT has become significant in humanitarian aid and development. ICT tools and applications are often the single most important factors in determining the success of disaster relief and aid operations, particularly as they may be applicable to all operational phases, from the provision of early warnings/alerts to preparedness, response and reconstruction. Tools such as emergency telecoms, geospatial, satellite and mapping technologies, SMS and mobile tools are constantly being refined by innovators and companies in the ICT field. HDA 2014 will bring together principal stakeholders involved in developing and deploying ICT for humanitarian and aid purposes with key international organisations

Food Security and Agricultural Development and Commercial Agriculture With more than one in four of its 856 million people undernourished, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the world’s most food-insecure region. The elevated and volatile food prices and Africa’s acute dependence on food imports have recently drawn attention to the unrealised potential for indigenous agricultural development in Africa. With two-thirds of working Africans making a living off the land, agribusiness and rural development in underdeveloped African countries can provide important economic and employment buffers and be engines for broader developmental objectives such as poverty reduction and economic growth, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. Investment, sound policies and innovative programmes are needed to tackle both short-term acute hunger and long-term chronic hunger in Africa and to reach the presently off-track MDG reduction targets. Participating companies operating in the global food, agriculture and agrochemicals sectors will have an invaluable opportunity to meet with our prospective partner organisations within these sectors at HDA 2014.

Health Promotion and Disease prevention Health is among the world’s foremost development concerns and a prerequisite to socio-economic development and poverty alleviation. The World Bank estimates that the Sub-Saharan market for healthcare will more than double by 2016, potentially reaching $36 billion (USD). As such, the next decade should see over $30 billion in new investments in an array of areas such medical equipment and supplies production/distribution, pharmaceuticals and public health programmes. Some of the biggest individual investment opportunities are expected to be channelled into building and improving the sector’s physical assets and infrastructure. HDA 2014 will offer providers the chance to engage with some of the essential extant international health organisations, to discuss these opportunities, given that over 60% of healthcare financing is presently coming from private sources in Africa.

Humanitarian Assistance and Security Increasingly more and more private security companies are being employed by aid agencies and Governments for risk analysis, staff training, for site protection, demining, as well as for advice on managing issues such as a kidnap. Attending private security companies will have a unique opportunity to engage with key agencies as well as Governments at HDA 2014.  

Participant Profile With strong support from the UN as well as various NGO’s and international Governments, traditionally summits have included participation from key decision makers, procurement and logistics officials from leading international, regional & local NGOs, UN Agencies,  Governmental  Departments  and International Associations.

Similarly,  HDA 2014’s Invited Participants will include :  

  • Government Ministers and Officials
  • UN Representation, including
    • UNHCR
    • UNOPS
    • UNDP
    • UNOCHA
    • UNDSS
    • UNFAO
    • UNESCO
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Bank
  • Mercy Corps
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Save the Children
  • Africa Development Bank
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • World Vision International
  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Oxfam
  • Kickstart
  • International  Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • IPOA
  • Inter-Agency Working Group on Emergency Preparedness
  • Global Business Coalition on HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Kenya Association of Manufacturers Norwegian Refugee Council
  • RTI
  • Accord

Attendee Profile  HDA 2014 will bring together key policy and top decision makers from the public sector with national and international solutions providers in private pre-arranged meetings to formulate business partnerships and key alliances aimed at addressing the key humanitarian needs of the region. Companies benefiting from HDA 2014 will include providers of:

  • Emergency Aid/Temporary housing and shelter
  • ICT providers (including emergency communications technology)
  • Food Manufacturers and emergency food providers
  • Logistics, distribution and shipping/ freight agencies 
  • Healthcare, medical equipment and temporary hospitals
  • Builders’ supplies
  • Suppliers of Pharmaceuticals and drugs
  • Educational supplies
  • Companies dealing with Transport, logistics & aid distribution 
  • Engineering & Environmental solutions
  • Providers of Telecommunications equipment
  • Suppliers of Rescue equipment
  • Water purification systems & storage tanks
  • Public Safety and fire prevention systems
  • Providers of Sanitation and hygiene equipment
  • Security services
  • Providers of Power generators and power supply equipment
  • Reconstruction companies
  • Providers of Solar energy systems & products
  • Companies specialising in Security and conflict protection
  • Vehicles and transportations/ Armored vehicles
  • Mine detection equipment & products
  • Clothing & protection


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