Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 Highlights Role of Innovation

Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 Highlights Role of Innovation

The 2nd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 21-22 June 2016 at the United Nations Conference Centre, gathered over 275 local, regional and global humanitarian and development professionals from NGOs, UN agencies, donors, governments and the private sector with an aim to share knowledge, discover success stories or learn from failures, foster innovation and partnerships to assist the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South-East Asia.

The 45+ expert speaker panel shared valuable insights, lead thought provoking discussions and lively exchange of views on a range of vital topics including mobile innovations, partnerships and technologies for humanitarian and development work, emergency response, humanitarian logistics, disaster resilience as well as health & WASH programmes and good practice.

The opening panel of the Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 focused on mobile innovations for humanitarian and development work. The panellists, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP, USAID and FHI 360, discussed the impact of mobile devices on development work and utilising mobile technology to better reach and engage communities. It was agreed that improvements in broadband connectivity can be a game-changer in Asia-Pacific, provided that infrastructure, regulatory framework to ensure access and awareness of socio-economic benefits of ICT come together.

"Digital technologies facilitate open and inclusive approach to innovation by democratising innovation and engaging marginalised communities in the process of innovation and forging partnerships and collaborations"

Emergency response collaboration and building resilience was discussed by the Thai Ministry of Interior, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), World Food Programme (WFP), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), FundLife International, Habitat for Humanity International and World Vision International, who presented new initiatives and guidelines for emergency response in Asia Pacific and accountability for transitioning from post-disaster management to community development. According to the case study by Save the Children, 99% of children in crisis situations see education as a priority. The final discussion of Day One was on lessons learned from Nepal with participation of IOM, BBC Media Action, Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), ADB and WFP. The panel was moderated by ReliefWeb.

"The Aid & Development Asia Summit was very helpful and beneficial in terms of meeting people, networking and listening to different points of view as well as experiences" - Fluberta Koroveshi, Senior Regional ICT Officer, UNHCR

Day Two of the Aid & Development Asia Summit commenced with a keynote speech and presentation on emergency health response by the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, following an update on health programmes on disease prevention and control, including malaria, TB, HIV, dengue fever, HIV/AIDS.

International Rescue Committee, B Medical Systems, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Sanofi Pasteur, Malaria Consortium, Telecoms Sans Frontieres, NRS international, CARE India and SATMED discussed latest trends, collaboration and challenges of implementing innovative solutions, like mHealth, in Myanmar, Nepal and Syria.

"The AIDF Asia Summit was useful and practical; I will recommend it to my colleagues" - Amnat Barlee, Director, Relief and Community Health Bureau, Thai Red Cross

The participants benefited from networking opportunities during the refreshment breaks, lunch and an evening reception as well as exhibition of cutting-edge products by dedicated partners including B Medical Systems (Gold Sponsor), Sanofi Pasteur (Summit Supporter), Inmarsat Global, JCB South East Asia, TÜV SÜD Water Services (Bronze Sponsors), Coleman Japan Co., Danoffice IT, Greenlight Planet, New Holland Agriculture and CNH Industrial, NRS International, Portsmouth Aviation, RMA Group, Shobikaa Impex Private limited and Duranet LLIN, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, TrapBag Flood & Erosion Protection as well as Johnson & Johnson and SATMED (Sponsors).

“Overall very beneficial with diverse cross section of people - private companies/vendors, government and NGOs” – Brian Hoyer, Director, Recovery Programmes, AmeriCares, USA

Media and event partners included American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Asian NGO, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), Crisis Response Journal, Development Finance, Developing Telecoms, Global health Council, Relief Web, UN Development Business, Thailand Business News, Asian Military Review, The Malaysian Times, South East Asia Globe, Alliance Magazine, Research SEA, SciDevNet, Emergency Manager's Weekly Report, NGO News, Humanitarian Logistics Association, Logistics Matter and Market Publishers.

As an organisation, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) strives to be a catalyst of cross-sector collaboration and innovation by bringing together all stakeholders from government, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs and the private sector at the various AIDF Summits.

"The event gives good benefits to participants to learn from each other, not just the speakers – find new innovative ideas and the involvement of all sectors – NGOs, government, private sector and UN agencies. The Summit is interesting and I will recommend it to my colleagues" - Keo Keang, Country Director, Heifer International, Cambodia

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"The Aid & Development Asia Summit was very useful from a content perspective and networking opportunity" - Sammy Njoe, Regional Chief ICT, UNICEF, Thailand

"It was useful, many discussions were pertinent and up to the point" - Dulip Tillekeratne, Senior Manager, GSMA, Sri Lanka

"Excellent location, great setting for discussions and excellent opportunity to network with participants" - Charles Ngui, Regional Coordinator, International Disaster Response Network, Singapore

"Lots of information and very well attended" - Lisa Joerke, Asia Regional Platform Coordinator, Plan International, Thailand

"The Summit is informative, updated and supportive for different sectors working in different countries. Based on the information, we can apply the appropriate actions in the implementation" - Kyaw Myat Thu, Project Manager, CESVI, Myanmar

"The AIDF Asia Summit was very useful, highly recommended" - Shiv Ganiga, Regional Business Manager, JCB, Singapore

"Yes, it is very interesting and useful. I would recommend it to my colleagues and partners organisations" - Pwint Mon Kyi, Sub-Grant manager, Save the Children International, Myanmar

"It is very useful for our lifeline training programme of BBC Media Action, getting a lot of knowledge of other country perspective programmes" - Htun Htun Lynn, Training Coordinator, BBC Media Action

"The AIDF Asia Summit gave me ideas to broaden my perspective to potentially apply to product innovation" - Jaime Lau, General Manager, Coleman Japan Co

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