Welcome to AidEx

AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. We have three annual events:
Our flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels (15-16 November) and 2 day conferences in both Nairobi (13-14 September) and Dhaka (19-20 July).

AidEx encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide an annual forum for the visitors to meet, source, supply and learn. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates from the sector.

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AidEx Brussels

AidEx is the leading international event dedicated to the unique needs of development and aid professionals across the world; held over two days annually at Brussels Expo, in Belgium.

AidEx is recognised as a major platform for networking, making new contacts and doing business. By taking part, you will forge new relationships in the community, raise awareness of your organisation and be involved in the sourcing of new solutions to improve the efficiency of aid delivery.

AidEx Africa

Now in it's fourth year, AidEx Africa is a two-day high-profile conference which takes place annually in Nairobi, Kenya. AidEx Africa was developed as a satellite event to the already well-established AidEx conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development aid, held each year in Brussels.

AidEx Africa attracts over 300 delegates from the Government of Kenya, UN agencies, Kenyan Red Cross and leading NGOs from Africa and beyond.

AidEx Bangladesh

For many of the world’s largest NGOs, Bangladesh is one of their most important development programmes worldwide and for the first time, AidEx is launching its Dhaka Conference in May this year.

AidEx Dhaka will be a two-day high-profile event attracting 200+ high-level representatives from the sector who will come from a wide range of NGO's, the UN, Red Cross as well as government officials from across the region.

HemoCue, a Swedish company and a global leader in point-of-care diagnostics, is taking part in AidEx, the world’s largest event for aid and development professionals, continuing its commitment to Embrace Health by uniting to screen and act on anemia. 

Health is a prerequisite for fostering sustainable communities and anemia plays a key role because it goes across a range of diseases. If not acted upon, it can have devastating effects on the individual, their family and society in general. In 2016 HemoCue initiated Embrace Health, an initiative to screen and treat anemia. The initiative is built around partnership and collaboration with local authorities, such as Ministries of Health, and global as well as local NGOs. 

The theme of this year’s AidEx is Localization – to HemoCue that means bridging the gap from a project to a sustainable solution. A commercial organization like HemoCue needs not only offer a suitable solution, but also take responsibility to invest in making it available for sustainable localized implementations. “HemoCue is very proud to partner with so many large global and local NGOs in the effort to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are equally proud of our broad network of local distributors who allows us to make a true and lasting difference in healthcare through our solutions” says Lena Wahlhed, Director of Alliance Development. Wahlhed continues to state that “We continue to invest in learning how to further support the SDGs and what solutions are needed – and we are eagerly looking forward to interesting discussions at AidEx."

HemoCue has partnered with Business Sweden and exhibits in the Swedish pavilion. “We are happy to have HemoCue as a part of the Swedish pavilion at AidEx and excited that they are invited as a panelist in the conference at the fair”, says Christian Herder, project manager at Business Sweden who is hosting HemoCue at AidEx. “The global SDGs are a focus area for Sweden and it’s important that we show that there are Swedish companies that have come far in including a commitment to these goals in their business strategy.”

Christian Herder explains that Business Sweden has conducted a study on how the UN agencies and several NGOs view the solutions of HemoCue in the light of the SDGs. A good example is the HemoCue point-of-care testing system that can detect anemia. Anemia is a condition that may coexist in diseases including, but not limited to, malaria, malnutrition, and HIV and can increase risk of complications in pregnancy and early childhood. The HemoCue anemia solution is directly linked to the goal to end hunger (goal 2) and the goal to ensure healthy lives (goal 3) but also from a corporate point of view, to partnership for the goals (goal 17).

About HemoCue

HemoCue, registered at the UNGM and a UN Global Compact member, is a global leader in a field of diagnostics known as near patient, or point-of-care, testing. In 1982,
HemoCue AB, based in Ängelholm, Sweden, introduced the first system making accurate hemoglobin testing possible in near-patient settings. Since then, more than 400,000 HemoCue systems have been sold worldwide. The company also offers point-of-care tests for glucose, urine albumin, HbA1c, total and differential white blood cell count. HemoCue subsidiaries, franchises, and third-party distributors generate revenue in more than 130 countries worldwide. Since April 2013 is HemoCue part of the Radiometer Group. www.hemocue.com

About AidEx

AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. The two day event in Brussels November 16-17 encompasses a conference, exhibition,
meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for aid and development professionals to meet, source, supply and learn.

AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community, engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes. The event’s aim is to bring the international aid community to Brussels. From major NGOs and global policy makers through to innovative suppliers of specialist products, AidEx facilitates relationships that would be otherwise unachievable. http://www.aid-expo.com/aidex-brussels/visit/about-us

About Business Sweden

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies reach their full international potential and foreign companies to invest and expand in Sweden. http://www.business-sweden.se/en/Trade/

The Aid Arc provides a strong, rigid shelter, to keep families warm, dry and safe in the most inhospitable environments. Quick and easy to build, the Aid Arc empowers people to build their own shelter and progressively transform it into their long term home.

You can't miss the Aid Arc as you walk around Aidex this year, with it's majestic arc shape and bright white exterior. Step inside the Arc and you will be amazed at the space and light this intriguing structure provides. The internal height allows for comfortable standing space and overhead storage, while adjustable ventilation nets allow for air to circulate.

The Aid Arc is the latest innovation by UK company, Alfresco Arch. Their established range of arc shaped structures include animal shelters, vehicle arcs and classroom arcs dotted throughout the UK and beyond. Mark Panton, Design Director at Alfresco Arch said, “It was a natural progression for us to develop a structure for the aid sector. Our structures are strong, mobile and easy to build and we knew we could help those who needed shelter.”

The company's patented tensile arches provide a strong frame for the structure. The arc shape itself allows rain and snow to run off rather than build up. The wind rolls over the Arc rather than hitting it flat on and the structure has extreme seismic resilience.

The Aid Arc is designed to be a multi-purpose, transformational structure. Families can take pride in building their own Aid Arc using locally sourced materials and then over time, easily improve their Arc. Mark Panton said, “I look forward to training aid workers face to face so that they in turn can train communities to build their own Arcs. Most materials can be sourced locally while the other vital components will be quickly transported to sites.” The Aid Arc takes 30 man hours to build and, it's 100% waterproof membrane, means that it can sit on varied terrain without the need for foundations.

You can see the Aid Arc for yourself at stand E22.


Kelly Jackson, Sales & Marketing Manager
t: 07935 008 420
e: kelly@alfrescoarch.com

Mark Panton, Design Director
t: 07860 250 212
e: enquiries@alfrescoarch.com
w: AlfrescoArch.com

The company

Pan Products Ltd T/A AlfrescoArch
Alfresco Arch pride themselves on solving customer's problems through innovative design. Their unique Tensile Arches form the structure of a beautiful range of shelters, which are dotted throughout the UK. Known for their strength, beauty and mobility, the Arcs provide shelter for people, animals and vehicles. The company are now entering the Aid market with the creation of the 'Aid Arc'.

Supporting Information

Quick - just 15hrs for two people to build.
Simple - the families can be taught to build for themselves.
Local - materials can be sourced locally to create the finished Aid Arc.
Strong - built to withstand extreme weather.
Transitional - start with a shelter, and over time, transform into a family home.


100% waterproof from top to bottom
Fully insulated
UV protected tiles in a range of colours
Secure timber frame door
Plexi-glass curved windows
Insect proof screens
Flat packed with build instructions
Corporate branding printed on the Arc
Plywood finish floor system


It takes just 30 man hours to erect an Aid Arc. Aid workers can be easily trained to build Aid Arcs and then pass on that training to the families in need of shelter. The Arcs can be easily moved or redeployed to other areas in need. No solid or permanent foundations required and can be built on uneven and unstable ground. Minimal maintenance is required for the arcs.


The community can be easily shown how to build their own Aid Arcs, families take pride and ownership in building their own comfortable living space. Some materials can be locally sourced for each Arc.


The arc shape allows rainwater run off and minimises snow build up
Suitable for disaster areas such as flood, earthquake, storm.
Extreme seismic resilience
Built to last and easy to replace worn parts


Can be modified progressively to become a more permanent home. Begin with a warm, dry, secure shelter and in time, transform into a comfortable home. The Aid Arc is designed to be built on and improved over time by the communities who live in them.

Living in the Aid Arc

Warm, dry and secure living accommodation, which will withstand extreme weather conditions. 100% waterproof membranes make the Arc waterproof and draught proof. The thermal tiles provide a warm environment in cold months and a cool shelter in warm months. An adjustable ventilation panel allows fresh air to circulate in the arc. There is vermin free storage for food and belongings and the added security of metal grids.

elhadj as sy logo 300We are pleased to announce that Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will open the conference at AidEx 2016. 
Mr Sy has over 25 years of experience in the humanitarian sector and has worked with numerous organisations during his extensive career, read more about Elhadj As Sy here
Mr Sy will deliver a keynote address on this year's conference theme; Localisation. Other speakers already confirmed include: 

> Amin Awad, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Bureau, UNHCR
> Birgitte Bisschoff Ebbesen, Head of International Department, Danish Red Cross
> Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, World Food Programme
> Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC

To see the latest conference programme, click here.

About AidEx
AidEx is a unique, world-renowned event that works hard to genuinely improve the situation on the ground. We bring 2,500 professionals from the international humanitarian aid and development community together in Brussels to network with others in the sector, hear from inspirational thought leaders and source new products and ideas.
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On the 16th – 17th November, organisations from around the world will gather in Brussels at AidEx, the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. Shedding the light on the event will be Durbin, one of the world’s leading specialist medical suppliers and distributors of pharmaceutical, medical and relief supplies.

Robert Donnell, Head of Business Development at Durbin, says that the addition of Gravity Light to its portfolio further demonstrates the demand for alternative lighting solutions in this sector. He comments:After the successful launch of Luci, the inflatable solar powered light, to the charity and NGO sector at AidEx 2015 the company has added to its lighting solutions portfolio with Gravity Light, an innovative device that generates light from gravity. Durbin distributes both Luci and Gravity Light exclusively to the charity and NGO sector.

“In India alone, over 2.5 million people suffer from severe burns each year, caused by kerosene lamps.1 As a result, the sourcing of safe, environmental alternatives to kerosene lamps is a key issue for the charity and NGO sector. Luci offers an excellent alternative in a mobile environment, such as when children walk to school, whereas Gravity Light offers a reliable source of light in a static situation such as a hospital or living area.”

The distribution of these lights to the charity and NGO sector is just one aspect of Durbin’s work in the sector. The company has a substantial heritage in the supply and distribution of pharmaceutical, medical and relief supplies in this sector too, as Robert explains:

“Built up over 50 years, we have a robust and reliable global supply chain that allows us to assist with rapid reaction to healthcare crisis situations, as well as longer-term requirements. We are also very proud to have worked to donate over £22m worth of excess medicines that were still in date, to charities around the world over the years.”

Durbin works with a variety of organisations around the world including government, multilateral and procurement agencies, non-governmental organisations, charities, missionary groups and hospitals.

Gravity Light will be on display at Durbin’s AidEx stand (C22), as well as members of the team who will be able to discuss any pharmaceutical, medical equipment or relief goods requirements within the charity and NGO sector.


1. Lights for Life. The Impact of Lighting Poverty on Children. Accessed 7th October 2016 - http://www.lightsforlife.org/impact_of_lighting_poverty_on_children

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About Durbin (http://www.durbin.co.uk)

Durbin is one of the world’s leading specialist distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical and relief supplies. Durbin is a global company with offices and warehouses, as well as project management and logistics expertise, in both the UK and USA. Durbin distributes to over 180 countries and sources products from 64 different countries.

Durbin works in partnership with healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, global charities and relief organisations across its specialist areas of; supply of ethical unlicensed pharmaceuticals, global pharmaceutical distribution, relief goods, Managed Access Programme, Clinical Trial Supply goods and Sexual Health Supplies.

Since the company’s establishment over 50 years ago it has been awarded several high profile accolades, including being named National Champion at the European Business Awards 2014, and awarded the coveted International Business of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards 2012.




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Since 2000, Barrett Communications has provided over 30,000 High Frequency (HF) radio systems and equipment to humanitarian and peacekeeping forces in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Find them at AidEx Brussels on Stand C90.

Long-standing AidEx exhibitor Barrett Communications specialises in providing critical infrastructure and rapid emergency response in natural and manmade disasters, ensuring critical communications channels are maintained and emergency aid makes it to where it’s most needed.

Barrett SDR 300Now, to mark their 40th anniversary, Barrett Communications have announced the upcoming release of their latest innovation, the Barrett 4050 HF SDR (Software-Defined Radio).

This new generation of HF transceiver combines Software-Defined Radio technology with the intuitive “ease of use” that has become synonymous with the Barrett brand. With its unique user-friendly touchscreen interface it is aimed at a broad market, including peacekeeping, law enforcement and security organizations, humanitarian and non-government organisations (NGO) and commercial businesses.

IP network connectivity makes integration with existing networks simple and on-board Wi-Fi allows for secure seamless operation and control of the HF transceiver via iOS, Windows or Android based devices or via Windows or OSX on desktop computers. The device’s similarity to a smartphone with regards to portability and functionality, and the ability to run the radio via app on your smartphone, tablet or PC, make this the most user-friendly HF radio yet. Very little training is needed to get started using it.

Mr Greg O'Neill, Managing Director of Barrett Communications explains: “The level of user accessibility at a local and remote level is a highly significant technological advance in the HF radio communications market. This can all be achieved whilst still providing secure communications via encryption or frequency hopping options.”

Aware that a significant proportion of their equipment is used by non-English speakers, Barrett have made multiple languages available as standard on the transceiver. These will initially include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish with additional languages being added progressively. When the Barrett 4050 HF SDR is teamed with other Barrett HF products it also provides secure digital voice, secure email, data transfer and telephone connectivity within an HF network and onward to the international telephone network and internet.

Orders for the Barrett 4050 HF SDR will be accepted from September 2016 and the product will be on display on the Barrett Communications stand C90 at AidEx Brussels on 16 and 17 November.

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