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  • Join key players in Africa's humanitarian aid and development sector at 2nd Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

    With Aid & Development Africa Summit fast approaching, Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) is excited to share the agenda and recently confirmed speakers, who will deliver invaluable insight into technological innovations and best practice to improve aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa.

    Taking place on 28 February - 1 March 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, the Summit will bring together 300+ representatives from UN and government agencies, NGOs, donors, development banks and the private sector.

    By attending Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 you will gain practical advice from over 70 speakers and discover innovations in humanitarian logistics, emergency response, health & WASH, ICT & Data, climate-resilient agriculture, infrastructure & camp management. Debate lessons learned from the recent drought crisis and hear latest trends and update on procurement and financing of development and aid programmes in sub-Saharan East Africa. The participants will hear about data strategy and ICT developments to support Sustainable Development Goals, health resilience and emergency communication in the region.

    Recently confirmed speakers at Aid & Development Africa Summit include:

  • Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 and Innovation

    The Global Humanitarian Overview states that for 2017, humanitarian partners will require a record US$22.2 billion to meet the needs of 92.8 million people in 33 countries. With more than 65 million people having to flee for their lives as a result of violent conflicts and natural disasters, the world is facing an unprecedented displacement crisis.

    Information and communication technology (ICT) is crucial to optimising the effectiveness and reach of disaster response. From open data transforming the way we interact, empowering citisens, improving access to healthcare and combating food insecurity to mobile money services lifting thousands of Kenyan households out of extreme poverty, ICT is the key driver for accelerating innovation, improving economic development and social development.

    The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released a series of infographics that explore infrastructure resilience & energy, migration, disasters & development assistance and education in sub-Saharan East Africa. These infographics were created in time for the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya. Discuss with 300+ leading humanitarian and development experts how to improve aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan Africa and discover game-changing innovations in mobile technology, humanitarian logistics, health & WASH, communications, shelter and refugee camp management.



    First National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo Declared in Over Two Decades: Protects Critical Rainforest Stronghold 

    While many parts of the Congo have suffered from decades of disastrous civil war, Lomami Basin has been spared much of this destruction due to its remote location. However, in recent years the area has been ravaged by criminal gangs of ivory poachers terrorizing both wildlife and local people.

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    New Refuge for the Critically Endangered Brown-headed Spider Monkey

    The Tesoro Escondido Reserve in Ecuador was recently expanded by 1,516 acres, thanks to the efforts of Rainforest Trust and local partner Cambugán Foundation. The reserve’s combined 2,965 acres are now protected from threats such as deforestation and encroachment of oil palm plantations, through direct land purchases that include vital habitat for the Brown-headed Spider Monkey.

    Strategic New National Park Created in Cambodia

    The Southern Cardamoms are a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot boasting 28 IUCN Red-Listed wildlife species and over 2,000 plant species. Though the area hosts a fantastic wealth of flora and fauna, much of its wildlife is endangered. In total, 27 species found in the Cardamom Range are imperiled with extinction, including Asian Elephants and Pileated Gibbons.

    Chilean Rivers

    Dam builder Endesa cancelled six hydropower projects planned for five Chilean rivers, two of them wild and scenic rivers in Patagonia. The company cited resistance from local affected people and civil society as the major reason for  pulling out. Now we’re working with Chilean lawyers, youth activists, and global experts to permanently protect these rivers from further threats – a model we hope to replicate all along the world’s most precious river basins.


    The Amazon's Tapajos River

    The Ministry of the Environment cancelled the São Luiz do Tapajós Dam, the biggest proposed hydropower project in the Amazon, in August. The Ministry also suspended the operating license of the giant Belo Monte Dam over the violation of numerous public health conditions. It was a small win for communities that will suffer the effects of this dam for generations. Public prosecutors are now working to stamp out the corruption that allowed this boondoggle into the planning cycle. We desperately need energy solutions around the world, but those decisions should be made in the public interest – not according to who can cut the biggest check.


    The Marañon River, headwaters of the Amazon

    The new government of Peru announced in early October that it does not plan to move forward with several large dams on the Marañón, a major tributary of the Amazon. The government argued that the projects would flood too much land for the small amount of electricity they could generate, signaling to the world that destructive energy isn’t worth the human and ecological cost.



  • WildAid: China Bans Domestic Ivory Trade

    The end of the world’s largest ivory market was announced today by the Chinese government as it released a detailed timetable for ending its legal ivory trade. Domestic ivory sales will be banned by the end of 2017 with the first batch of factories and traders to close their business by 31 March 2017.

    Last year, President Xi Jinping made a public commitment to phasing-out the ivory trade, which may be falling out of favor with Chinese consumers. A recent survey by the conservation group Save the Elephants reported that ivory prices in eight mainland Chinese cities had fallen by half in a two-year period ending December 2015. Anecdotal evidence gathered by WildAid campaigners in China indicates prices may have decreased further this year: Market inquiries in May 2016 found raw ivory prices of around $450 to $900, representing a decrease of 57% to 78% compared with a2014 high of $2,100 per kilogram in mainland China. A ban was first proposed to the National People’s Congress by former NBA star, Yao Ming, who also led documentaries on ivory trade for state broadcaster CCTV in partnership with WildAid.

    WildAid CEO Peter Knights said, “China’s exit from the ivory trade is the greatest single step that could be taken to reduce poaching for elephants. We thank President Xi for his leadership and congratulate the State Forestry Administration for this timely plan. We will continue to support their efforts through education and persuading consumers not to buy ivory.”

    With China’s announcement, international attention is now shifting to Japan, which voted against all CITES proposals to protect elephants and has insisted its trade is not tainted by illegal ivory. However, a recent report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that the nation’s elephant tusk registration system widely allows for poached tusks smuggled from Africa to be sold legally in the domestic market.

    “Japan is the last man standing as a major legal destination for ivory.” Knights said. “If Japan joined the global community on this we could consign the abuses of the ivory trade to history.” 

    The international commercial ivory trade was banned in 1989, following a decade of out-of-control poaching that decimated African elephant populations from 1.3 million in 1979 to an estimated 609,000 by the late 1980s. As a result of the ban, poaching decreased significantly and ivory prices plummeted. But a "one-off" sale of ivory in 2008 and the legal domestic trade in places such as Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Vietnam and the US have allowed for the laundering of illegal ivory shipments from recently poached elephants.

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    L’Associazione Umbra per la lotta Contro il Cancro onlus e l’Associazione no profit Iacact presenteranno in conferenza stampa il video di promozione e sensibilizzazione del progetto regionale di raccolta tappi Stappa la Solidarietà! Tappa l’Inquinamento!

    La presentazione si terrà giovedì 22 dicembre 2016 alle ore 11.30 nella sala Partecipazione di Palazzo Cesaroni – piazza Italia, 2 Perugia.

    Due organizzazioni, l’Aucc onlus e la Iacact, che operano in settori apparentemente diversi ma di fatto strettamente collegati. L’Aucc onlus, da oltre trent’anni in prima linea nella battaglia contro il cancro, annovera tra i suoi obiettivi la promozione della cultura di prevenzione e salute.

    Iacact – Associazione Internazionale degli Attivisti della Comunicazione, fondata nel 2012, assiste, sviluppa e sostiene la comunicazione di organizzazioni no profit che operano in diversi settori della società accrescendo l’interesse dei media e dei cittadini circa le attività e i progetti portati avanti dalle organizzazioni stesse.

    I due soggetti hanno unito le forze per realizzare il video promozionale e di sensibilizzazione del progetto regionale di raccolta tappi promosso da Aucc onlus.

    Saranno presenti alcuni degli sportivi (SIR E NAZIONALE ITALIANA, TUUM, ADP IACACT S4NP)che hanno contribuito alla realizzazione del progetto di comunicazione.


    Luca Barberini, Assessore alle politiche sanitarie della Regione Umbria.

    Giuseppe Caforio, Presidente Associazione Umbra per la lotta Contro il Cancro onlus.

    Daniele Mariani, Presidente Associazione IACACT.

    Filippo Fagioli, Amministratore Philms produzione video.

    Antonio Pucci, Vicepresidente regionale Unpli Umbria.


  • Infrastructure resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic that explores infrastructure resilience and access to energy in sub-Saharan East Africa (SSA).

    Africa has massive infrastructure needs yet invests only 4% of its GDP in infrastructure, in contrast to the 14% spent by China. A projected $100 billion will be required to meet Africa's infrastructure needs over the next decade.

    The share of citizens in Africa with access to services varies considerably. 63% of Africans have access to piped water and only 30% have access to sewerage. In contrast, over 90% have mobile phone service.

    Modern energy services are essential to human well-being and economic development; 95% of those living without electricity are in SSA and developing Asia. In Kenya, only 23% of people have access to electricity compared to the global average of 85%. If current trends continue, it will take Africa until 2080 to achieve universal access to electricity.

    There is significant potential for renewable energy development in Africa. Renewable energy consumption in Kenya is in excess of 78%, far surpassing the global average of just 18%.

  • WildAid 2016 Progress, 2017 Priorities

    Following announcements to ban ivory sales in China and Hong Kong, wholesale prices in both countries fell by 50%. However, elephants are still at risk of extinction, our campaigns in Asia and Africa will continue to highlight their plight .






    Latest figures from the Chinese government show an 80% decline in shark fin imports between 2011 and 2015. Here's a sneak peek at our latest campaign, airing in 2017 on 30+ media outlets.