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AidEx 2021

AidEx 2021 table
Date17 Nov 2021 18 Nov 2021
Time9:30 am 5:30 pm CET |3:30 am11:30 am EST
Provider AidEx
AddressBrussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
Type In-person
Booking URLhttps://www.tfaforms.com/4940823

This event is organised by AidEx, not by GISF. However, GISF members are invited to join the event. GISF will be speaking during the event.

In order to attend GISF’s workshops, you must also register for the full AidEx expo, which you can do following this link:




Now in its 10th year, AidEx is established as the leading platform for the international aid and development community to come together and improve the efficiency of aid.

AidEx is a two-day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards, networking and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for humanitarian aid professionals to meet, source, supply and learn. AidEx was created to help the international aid community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.


Each year the AidEx Steering Committee discuss a topic that the event should focus on to make sure it remains current and delivers what our visitors and suppliers need. Our past conference themes have included Localisation, Sustainable Development, Innovation and Collaboration. The 2020 webinar series theme was ‘Response, recovery and resilience: optimising humanitarian responses to manage global crises’.You can listen back to the series here.

The 2021 conference theme is ‘Global growth in authoritarian and populist government is shrinking the space for civil society – how have the world’s most powerful movements countered this trend and what lessons can be learnt?’

To register for the full Expo, please click here.


GISF Theme: Safety and Security in Digital World

GISF is involved in four elements:

  • Exhibition Stand: 17th and 18th November
  • Workshop One: 17th November, 10:00 – 14:00 – Safety and security in a digital world: From online risk to real life harm – a disinformation simulation workshop.
  • Workshop Two: 18th November, 10:00 – 14:00 – Safety and security in a digital world: Opportunities for aid agency security risk management from digital information.
  • Impact Session: 18th November, 14:30 – 16:00 – Physical and mental well-being for aid workers: through effective security risk management.

The topic of digital security in the humanitarian and development sector is a relatively new one and not particularly well understood by many working in the sector. References to digital issues are typically referred to IT departments. While technical security is important, it does not address the massive risk posed by an online world. In contrast, there may also be opportunities for using digital technology to improve aid agency security risk management.

Participants will be presented with a wide range of concerns and challenges, highlighting how integral the digital environment has become to our sector and the legal, moral, reputational, and criminal risks we face. Opportunities for harnessing the huge volume of digital information for effective security risk management will also be explored.

The workshops will;

  1. Raise awareness of the scope of the challenge facing the sector related to the digital environment and introduce key concepts.
  2. Generate conversation about where the responsibility for managing digital security risk lies within humanitarian organisations.
  3. Promote the concept that digital risk needs to become an integral element in any humanitarian security risk management system, exploring the real world consequences of digital risks.
  4. Focus on opportunities to improve risk management offered by digital technology.

Both workshops will feature NGO and external experts discussing insights on what new challenges, threats and opportunities we should focus on, what risks have been neglected and how we can work more effectively on security risk management in the digital world to improve the safety and security of all aid workers and operations, to improve access to, and impact for, crisis affected populations.

How to get to AidEX

Address: BRUSSELS EXPO, Hall 11, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Please click here, for more information on how to get to AidEx.

Please note, this page is being continuously updated, more information will be added soon.

How to Register

In order to attend GISF’s workshops, you must also register for the full AidEx expo, which you can do following this link:


Registration links for GISF and Insecurity Insight workshops are available above.  


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