Friday 08 June 2012
ShelterBox at International Development ForumShelterBox Operations Manager Alf Evans on deployment responding to floods in Colombia in 2010.
ShelterBox is one of the global non-governmental organisations invited to the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre in Washington, USA.
The two-day event that began on 6 June is the world's leading forum for the humanitarian aid, relief and development sectors that facilitates partnerships, addresses global humanitarian issues and encourages the sharing of expertise.
'AIDF is an important event which allows aid professionals to not only see and experience new products and solutions for the field but also provides a platform for sharing best practice and developing networks,' said ShelterBox's Chief Operating Officer John Leach.
'This is the second year running ShelterBox has attended the event and we have taken our partnership one step further with AIDF with our Expert Advisor status, enabling us to assist in defining a conference agenda that addresses the challenges aid agencies face today.'
ShelterBox USA's President Emily Sperling on deployment responding to landslides in Peru, 2012.
Alf Evans, ShelterBox Operations Manager, has given two talks at the event, the first being on 'Civil Society Working in Harmony with the Military'; and the second was a workshop session on 'Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness' that focused on working to prevent hazards and lessen the impact of disasters by planning ahead more efficiently.
'It's great being here having the opportunity to talk about these important topics and giving examples of how effectively ShelterBox has worked with the military in the past on deployments,' commented Alf.
'It's also been a fantastic opportunity to share with others in the field the importance of disaster preparedness and how we put in a lot of work to prepare for disasters around the world, including prepositioning stock.'
ShelterBox USA's representatives Emily Sperling, Mark Dyer and Wayne Chiles have been accompanying Alf in manning the ShelterBox stand at the event.
Sula Bruce is AIDF's Project Director: 'We are delighted to be partnering with ShelterBox again this year and are excited about their input into the conference programme. The sessions they are involved in, particularly ‘Civil Society Working in Harmony with the Military’ are incredibly topical given the shifting nature of international relief and demonstrate the positive nature of such partnerships.'