Welcome to AidEx

AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. We have two annual events:
Our flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels (16-17 November) and a 2 day Conference in Nairobi (13-14 September)

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.

reltexWhy attend AidEx? Simon Lucas from Reltex Tarpaulins gives the supplier's perspective...

AidEx stands out to me, as a supplier, for three reasons: it’s truly international, genuinely democratic and aspires to capture the widest possible range of opinions from within the humanitarian procurement chain. This is invaluable, not just for sowing the seeds of future partnerships, but for providing all parties with a much better understanding of the different pressures and constraints they are each subject to.

You don’t have to be a big player to make a splash at AidEx and that’s a good thing. Regardless of size, status or geographical location, all organisations are given equal access to a global audience they might not encounter elsewhere. For instance, although my company is based in East Africa, we’ve signed contracts with other African companies who were also exhibiting at AidEx in the local suppliers’ zone.  Some of these newer, smaller companies have great products to offer, but up until now they’ve struggled on the international stage. This is often because they don’t have NGO credentials, relevant experience or perhaps most importantly, the money needed to qualify as direct suppliers to really big buyers. By partnering with us through AidEx, we’ve been able to help them get their foot in the door as secondary suppliers.

In 2012 I was asked to speak at AidEx to share my insights as a supplier. This was a real breakthrough, as I felt that the buyers who were listening were able to better understand the kinds of dilemmas we suppliers face when serving an emergency.  At other events, key speeches often concentrate on buyers’ needs, without actually checking with suppliers to see if their requirements are indeed realistic.  AidEx seeks to change that, by bridging the gap between buyer and seller and by offering a whole spectrum of different perspectives.

This is further demonstrated by the fact that every year, AidEx refreshes its topics and ideas for speakers. This is essential in keeping every interested party up to date with different opinions and new developments. Personally, I would like to hear more from the donors – as it would be helpful to know what the likes of the UK Department for International Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Community Humanitarian Office, and so on, actually expect for their money. These agencies have to fulfill a myriad of social and environmental procurement criteria, but this kind of information rarely reaches us suppliers. To have this additional insight would be invaluable – so if any donors are reading this, hopefully I can look forward to seeing you at a future AidEx event!

Reltex Profile:

Since the mid 1990s, Reltex been a leading supplier of Relief Materials to the humanitarian sector. Using first class plastics technologies the company has been a long-term provider of shelter and relief assistance to refugees all over the World. In times of crisis, Reltex has helped millions of people. Much of this assistance has been provided in Africa and Reltex, in a ground breaking new initiative, is proud to announce the opening of a state of the art plastic factory in Athi River, just outside of Nairobi.

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