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Africa Gets Special Spotlight

 ……As DIHAD 2020  Gathers  over 6000 in Dubai

Report: Mohammed Abu, ADM, Accra

Africa is to be given a special focus during the 17th edition of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD 2020), the leading humanitarian gathering in the Middles East, slated for the 10th-12th March in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The event is being held under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Supervision and support is being provided by the  Dubai Future Council on Humanitarian Aid, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, Dubai Future Council on Humanitarian Aid, Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, Emirates Red Crescent, United Nations, Dubai Cares, International Humanitarian City and UNOCHA.

DIHAD 2020 is expected to attract over 6,000 visitors and participants from over 84 countries over the 3 days.

While the conference features the presence of 50 world renowned experts in the field of humanitarian aid who will offer their insights and experiences on the most critical humanitarian challenges in Africa, the premier humanitarian gathering will witness 8 high quality sessions and 14 dedicated workshops about exploring news ways to to address the needs of people in dire situations in Africa.

These were contained in a Press Release issued in Dubai on Monday,February 24.

Among the high profile speakers during the event are the Nigerian First Lady,H.E.Aisha Muhammadu Bukhari,H.E.Adrea Fantana,Head of EU Delegation to the UAE,Abu Dhabi,Dr.Ali Al Hakami,Director General,King Abdul Aziz International Humanitarian Foundation among others.

The event comes on the back of the multiple humanitarian challenges in the name of conflicts, disasters, forced migration, refugee crisis, under nutrition, climate change and internal displacement faced by an estimated 1.3 billion people in Africa and people in 54 countries worldwide.

The foregoing stated challenges  has had profound adverse impact on Africa while her population is being predicted by some to hit 2.4 billion by 2050.

DIHAD aims to specifically focus on the most important areas of concern in Africa, exchange and review past experiences, explore and identify best practices and focus on a viable approach towards sustainable development of the rich African continent.

While commenting on the occasion, Ambassador Gerhard J.W. Putman-Cramer, Director of DIHAD and DISAB, said, “Given the number and severity of Africa’s ongoing challenges on the one hand and the continent’s wealth in terms of resources and potential on the other, the DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board has decided to have the 17th edition of DIHAD highlight selected areas of concern in Africa and review the aid that is brought to bear in attempts to effectively address them.

“We have included a vast array of partners in the discussions that are to take place during the event, including donors and recipients, aid practitioners and those evaluating the impact of aid, governments, international organizations, specialized agencies, NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, academics and the private sector.”

He added, “While best practices will be duly identified and recognized, we are hopeful that a number of constructive recommendations will result from our exchanges and that these, once implemented, will indeed have a positive impact.”

 In its 17th edition, according to the release,DIHAD focuses its attention on many topics related to the theme ‘Aid, a focus on Africa’ during a few sessions such as ‘The Impact of Conflicts and Humanitarian Crises’, ‘The Impact of Climate Change’, ‘Population Growth, Urbanization, Education and Employment’, ‘Aid Flows, Remittances, Trade, Investments and Economic Growth’, ‘Shaping African Futures, the SDGs and Beyond’, ‘Natural Resources, Water, Energy, and Land’ and ‘Contemporary and Future Health Challenges’ among a few others.

The release adds,”DIHAD will present a Pre-Conference Workshop program in collaboration with UNOCHA featuring discussions related to humanitarian aid in Africa such as ‘Overview of Humanitarian Aid in Africa; A Complex Content’, ‘Challenges Facing Humanitarian Aid in Africa’, and ‘Future of Humanitarian Aid in Africa’.

The release also capture the DIHAD exhibition,“Running parallel to the Conference, the DIHAD Exhibition brings together 640 participating brands including National Government Authorities, International and Non-Governmental Organizations, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, Foundations and Charities”.

Also included are Academic Institutions, Aid & Relief Suppliers, the Media and the Private Sector, who will all showcase their latest products and services, breakthrough innovations and technology while also giving them a chance to engage in productive collaborations and expand their businesses in the region.

On the sidelines of the exhibition more than 65 buyers coming from leading UN Agencies,Foundations from different parts of the world ,would hold B2B meetings,withe aim of building collaborations and exploring collaborations to expand their  footprints in the region”,the release further added.

DIHAD is annually organised by Index Conference & Exhibitions-a member of Index Holdings.


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Chief Correspondent,,West Africa Region,African Development magazine

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