This November ShelterBox will once again be travelling to AidEx – the international and development aid event in Brussels, Belgium. The two days offers people in the humanitarian sector a leading conference, exhibition and programme for practical workshops to help improve the efficiency and sustainability of aid.
As the number and scale of crises increases, first time traditional donors are opening up to the commercial world, seeking new partnerships and assistance from business. AidEx will allow ShelterBox to interact with over 2,000 professionals from the aid community, network with peers and engage directly with many suppliers of essential equipment and services for humanitarian disaster relief.
ShelterBox Supply Chain Manager Shane Revill is attending the event. He said:
‘As we continue to develop our Research and Development (R&D) department, we are broadening our supplier base and product range with the aim of continuously offering the best emergency aid package out there for families in need. We strive to be innovative and open to fresh ideas and at the same time want to maximise the use of our donors’ money. AidEx is a great platform to do just this by discovering the latest advances in equipment, and meeting new partners from across the globe.
‘Last year we went to the event and met for the first time with the manufacturers of family tents that meet the stringent criteria of the humanitarian shelter sector. This kick-started meetings with them and built the basis of a strong-working relationship, leading our R&D department to assess other tent specifications and recommend potential improvements to our own disaster relief tent. The result is that we are now offering communities affected by humanitarian crises the most practical and comfortable shelter available.’
ShelterBox is dedicated to delivering a quality aid package that represents value for money while being accountable to its donors, partners and to every person who receives support from ShelterBox.
‘We are trying out a new solar light bulb at the moment, the LuminAid,’ added Shane. ‘It’s smaller, lighter and overall better value than previous models we’ve used.’
Effective delivery of aid
ShelterBox staff at AidEx will also have the chance to attend practical workshops to hear about best practice, listen to case studies and get practical advice on solutions and issues in effective delivery of aid.
Aidex will be held on 13-14 November at the centrally located Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium