Dubai International Aid & Development Conference and Exhibition 2016

DIHAD 2016 unfolded the theme: the importance of innovation in humanitarian aid and development. During the event, the IFRC presented the inaugural MENA innovation award.


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. DIHAD 2016 takes place from 21 to 23 March.


MENA innovation award

IFRC has a commitment to fostering a culture of learning and innovation in seeking practical and sustainable solutions to key challenges faced by National Societies among the communities they serve. At the beginning of 2016, the IFRC MENA regional office called on National Societies across the region to submit innovative proposals to today's challenges, with a focus on resilience.

Two proposals have been selected from among those submitted, with Jordan National Red Crescent and Qatar Red Crescent societies being successful.

Keep up Amman clean
This project proposal, developed by Jordan National Red Crescent Society, addresses an important and relevant challengein Jordan. With an inclusive approach involving many partners,this proposal makes environmental protection a responsibility of everyone through:

  • Social mobilization
  • Education and awareness
  • Action on waste

Shelter insulation for Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon
Already in pilot phase, this solution was developed by Qatar Red Crescent Society, and could become a standard practice in temporary settlements - "better from the start". The proposal has been recognized as:

  • Cost efficient
  • Engages the refugees themselves
  • Replicable


Selection process

To evaluate the proposals and and select those to be awarded, an independent panel of experts was established. The panel members were:

  • Mr Cristhian Cortez Cardoza
    Regional representative - MENA, Norwegian Red Cross
  • Prof. Moamena Kamel
    Secretary General, Egyptian Red Crescent
  • Ms Margareta Wahlström
    Former assistant secretary-general for disaster risk reduction, United Nations

The panel considered proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Importance or significance of the problem„„
  • Creativity compared with standard or traditional solutions„„
  • Understanding of the concepts of resilience building„„
  • Potential for sustainability and replication„„
  • Motivation and commitment including own resources committed


For more information:

Bayarmaa Luntan, head of development and partnerships - MENA, IFRC
E-mail: | Tel: +961 5 428 444

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