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Dubai – United Arab Emirates,22nd of March, 2016:  The 13th edition of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD)  conference and exhibition continued in its second day with participation of key international humanitarians and prominent figures, whom highlighted different topics related to the conference’s theme “The Importance of Innovation in Humanitarian Aid & Development.”

On the sidelines of her first visit to DIHAD 2016, H.E. Joanna Wronecka, Undersecretary of State for Development Cooperation, Africa and the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Repulic of Poland said: “It is quite obvious the great role played by the UAE in the field of aid and relief. UAE is one of the largest international donors in the humanitarian aid and crisis response fields. The Republic of Poland, one of the major partners of the UAE, is keen to learn from the UAE’s experience in this vital humanitarian field. The cooperation between the two nations will definitely have a deep impact on those in need for aid.

The conference agenda of the second day included various topics such as Innovative approaches in the application of humanitarian law, incentives to make a change through partnerships for innovation and a special session about the humanitarian impact of the protracted Syria crises, and many others. The conference sessions also discussed the global efforts to eradicate polio, which came back to threaten lives and was about to turn into a pandemic threat. Thanks to global efforts and intervention, the polio outbreak was stopped in its tracks. The GCC efforts to combat the polio spread in the conflict-stricken zones and refugee camps, areas known for the lack of sufficient healthcare services, were highly commended as well.

Abeer Shubassi, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Regional Gulf Director, commented on her participation saying: “We are grateful to DIHAD for providing NRC with a unique platform to engage in key issues in the humanitarian sector and share our regional expertise, including the themes of this year: innovation and development. It is also an exceptional event for NRC to establish and maintain partnerships with main international and regional entities. NRC, through its Geneva-based think tank IDMC, participated as the first speaker in the pre-DIHAD workshop highlighting the need for innovation with regard to displacement related information systems. We are thankful for NRC’s sixth consecutive participation at DIHAD and look forward to the ongoing development of the UAE humanitarian sector in the years to come”.

WFP Participation in DIHAD 2016

The World Food Programme ensures annual participation in the Dubai International Aid and Development (DIHAD) exhibition and conference as it is the ideal platform to share ideas on the improvement of technically sound and principled humanitarian and development assistance.

WFPs Innovation Accelerator Unit based in Munich  nurtures the innovative culture while collaborating with external experts linking WFP operations with the latest technologies and trends to achieve WFPs goal to reach zero hunger. This year in Dihad WFP will showcase  ShareTheMeal App which allows smartphone users to donate to WFP programmes and the Iris scan payment system which allows refugees to purchase food items from local shops using the scan of their eye. ​​Both innovations further simplify the delivery of food assistance, ensuring efficiency and enhancing accountability.

IFRC Innovation Award

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies awarded the Jordan National Red Crescent Society and the Qatar Red Crescent society for their innovative proposals that are address humanitarian challenges & strengthen resilience of communities.

Keep up Amman Clean

This solution was developed by Jordan National Red Crescent Society, which addresses an important and relevant challenge in Jordan. With an inclusive approach involving social mobilization, education and awareness, and action on waste.

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Shelter insulation for Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

This solution was developed by Qatar Red Crescent society, and could become a standard practice in temporary settlements. This proposal has been recognized as cost efficient, engages the refugee themselves, and replicable.

DIHAD is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – member of INDEX Holding and supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est, the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, International Humanitarian City, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai and Dubai Cares. DIHAD 2016 is also sponsored by Al Khair Foundation & IQRA TV.