Under the support of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Al-Maktoum, Director of the Dubai Information Department, initiated the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development conference and exhibition (DIHAD) on March 12th – 14th at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center (DICEC).
The crises and natural disasters have posed a challenge to the humanitarian sector, Dubai International Conference has presented a discussion of the best solutions to all those concerned with the humanitarian response, with the common goal of alleviating the suffering resulting from these disasters. RNVDO participated in the conference besides hundreds of other national and international NGOs such as UNHCR, IOM, GIZ, TDH, FAO, ICRC, UNHRD, UNOCHA, MSF, UNICEF, WHO, UNRWA, MERCY CORPS.
The delegation of the organization participated in the activities of the conference from the workshops that preceded the opening to the proposals of the reality of relief in Iraq and the meetings of the conference, and provided more than a study on the reality of humanitarian services and basic needs in the camps and communities, of them:
- Jad’ah camp management challenges
- Excluding Jad’ah 6 from service and camp upgrades
- Sustainable governance, return and stability
- Jad’ah satisfaction survey
- Agriculture and livelihood in North-Eastern Syria
- WASH needs assessment in Muhalabia (Mosul)
- Shelter condition in West Mosul
- The women labor market in Mosul
- Rapid protection assessment in Jadah Camps
- Need assessment for education in Salah Al-Deen (Shirqat and Biji)
- Life condition assessment for Nineveh plain
At its booth, RNVDO presented its achievements, activities and some booklets such as Stories of Children of Mosul, RNVDO profile, organization’s brochures, and RNVDO strategic plan. Moreover, several success stories have been shown of the implemented projects and handicraft products of women from Mosul who attended RNVDO’s vocational trainings.
RNVDO’s booth received hundreds of visitors from all international relief agencies and diplomatic representations in the UAE, giving them a detailed explanation of all the activities and events carried out, as well as the suffering and needs of IDPs and returnees in Iraq.
On the sidelines of the conference, the delegation held dozens of meetings with donors in order to raise the level of humanitarian services and strengthen the capacity of the organization through intervention and humanitarian response in the areas in need.
The Iraqi government participated with a ministerial delegation represented by Mr. Faleh Al-Amiri the senior deputy of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and the director of the civil society organizations Sadiq Abdul Wahid in the conference.
The government delegation met with many involved institutions on the humanitarian situation and reached a formula for joint cooperation with several UAE institutions involved in this regard.
The delegation also participated in the discussions and panels that came within the conference.
The purpose of this conference was to build relationships and networking among the participants representing senior representatives of international and local development and aid organizations, government advisors, UN agencies, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, local and international NGOs, investors, donors and the private sector, and developing partnerships between organizations working in the same field and share the same vision to develop a network of support to communities in conflict areas to acquire and share valuable knowledge about effective humanitarian assistance to conflict and disaster areas. Also, it was an opportunity for humanitarian organizations and suppliers to meet.
His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Al-Maktoum, director of the Dubai Media Department, accompanied by a delegation of prominent personalities and activists of the local and international humanitarian community, toured the DIHAD exhibition where they were briefed on the services provided by the major international organizations and exhibitors.
The agenda of the conference discussed several pressing issues, the global agreements on refugees and migrants, and how effective are they? How education in emergencies is a strategic investment in the future? Also, discussing the gap between education in public schools and education in situations of emergency and displacement, creating opportunities for IDPs and integrating them into society.
The exhibition was attended by a total of 640 government organizations, humanitarian organizations, suppliers, companies and major international brands presented their services and projects. This year’s event hosted nine innovative workshops, including two workshops for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which will launch the new UNHCR online service provider. The event was organized by INDEX for Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding, sponsored by the King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation, Al Hayat for Relief and Development, Seqaya UAE and the support of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Humanitarian Foundation, The United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the World Humanitarian City and Dubai Cares.