DIHAD: innovation at the heart of humanitarian action

Published: 21 March 2016

Dubai / Geneva, 21 March 2016 – For the fourth consecutive year, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is among the exhibitors at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) opening today in Dubai.

Recognized as the largest humanitarian event in the Middle East, DIHAD brings together international agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, donors, the corporate sector and academia, to exchange knowledge and best practices in the field of humanitarian assistance. This year DIHAD unfolds the theme: the importance of innovation in humanitarian aid and development.

According to Mr Garry Conille, IFRC Under Secretary General for Programmes and Operations, “Innovation is key to the continuing success of any organization, including the non-profit sector. Innovation is not about availability of resources, it is about people and their ability to embrace new opportunities, think creatively and strive for changes.”

“In the humanitarian world, innovation translates into a better service for people who rely on our support. Forums like DIHAD are an excellent opportunity for us to explore best practice, seek innovative opportunities and call them to life,” he continued.Innovation has become part of the organizational culture of the IFRC. During the first months of 2016, the IFRC called upon National Societies in the Middle East and North Africa region to submit proposals of innovative solutions to humanitarian problems and challenges in their communities. Two National Societies, Jordan National Red Crescent Society and Qatar Red Crescent Society were selected for their proposals on environmental protection and shelter isolation for temporary shelters respectively. During DIHAD 2016, these societies will present their proposals and explain what steps will be needed to implement them.

One of IFRC logistics units is hosted at the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, incorporating the highest standards of facilities for logistics operations. During DIHAD, the IFRC will be offering guided tours of its logistics facilities, to demonstrate how IFRC logistics resources are organized and prepared for quick deployment to support humanitarian operations.

In previous years, the DIHAD conference and exhibition has attracted over 10,800 visitors and 400 exhibiting companies and the numbers seem to be growing each year. The IFRC will be exhibiting at stand W19 during DIHAD from 21 to 23 March. 

For more information, please contact:

Lusine Aslanyan, senior officer – logistics management department, IFRC
E-mail: luisine.aslanyan@ifrc.org ¦ Mobile: +41 79 251 8034

Stephen Ryan, communications coordinator – Middle East and North Africa, IFRC
E-mail: stephen.ryan@ifrc.org ¦ Twitter: @stiofanoriain ¦ Mobile: +961 71 802 779

Benoit Carpentier, team leader – public communications, IFRC
E-mail: benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org ¦ Twitter: @BenoistC ¦ Mobile: +41 79 213 2413