Interview with Kareem Elbayar, UN OCHA: Global Disaster Relief and Development Summit 2017 | 6-7 September I Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center I Washington D.C.

Interview with Kareem Elbayar, Technology Partnerships Adviser, Office of the Director, Corporate Programmes Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

At the 2017 Global Disaster Relief and Development Summit in Washington, D.C., Kareem Elbayar spoke to the Aid and International Development Forum about OCHA’s recent initiatives and his perspective on issues facing the disaster relief sector. OCHA has started a humanitarian data exchange to improve the effectiveness of the response to disasters. Mr. Elbayar stated that so much power is held in a cell phone after a disaster, but communication infrastructure needs to be addressed as soon as possible after an event in order to maximize cell phones for relief operations.

The 9th Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit gathered over 300 senior decision-makers from UN and government agencies, Red Cross, NGOs, military, donors, foundations, research institutes and the private sector companies involved in aid and development.

The Summit agenda expanded its scope beyond disaster relief and looked into emerging global challenges, innovations and opportunities in international aid and development sector.

The 70+ expert speaker panel shared valuable insights, lead thought provoking discussions and lively exchange of views on a range of vital topics including emergency procurement, data & ICT, humanitarian logistics, disaster response management, health resilience, emergency health & WASH, supply chain, partnerships and financing of aid programmes.

As an organisation, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) strives to be a catalyst of cross-sector collaboration and innovation by bringing together all stakeholders from government, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs and the private sector at the various AIDF Summits.

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