asia.aidforum.org Interview with Josh Woodard, Regional ICT & Digital Finance Advisor, FHI 360 at the Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016
21-22 June I United Nations Conference Centre I Bangkok, Thailand
The 2nd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit gathered over 290 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.
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).
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