Global disaster relief takes centre stage

The 9th Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit took place on 6-7 September in Washington D.C. gathering almost 300 humanitarian and development professionals from government, UN organisations, NGOs, Red Cross, businesses and media at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. 

Recent category 4 hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Jose, made landfall in the US days before the event, shifting priorities of many humanitarian and development professionals who were not able to make it to the event in the efforts to reduce the suffering and effects of natural disaster on lives and land in Texas and Florida.

The Aid & International Development team expressed their sincere thanks to those that joined the summit. Positive feedback from attendees highlight that the event inspired partnerships, innovation and cross-industry collaboration for aid and development programmes in the US and worldwide.  

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