Who we are

Advance Aid is all about innovation in humanitarian aid and development. Our aim is to look for new approaches and to bring all of the creativity and skills of the business world to the provision of aid and development products and services.

Over the past decades an ‘aid-only’, or ‘aid-foremost’ approach has been one of a range of factors – political, economic and social, some internal, some external – that have failed to deliver growth and development to Africa. The overall effect of all of these factors is that many countries in sub-Saharan Africa are poorer now than they were thirty years ago.

Advance Aid is a new charitable initiative that will make a difference. Our first project is in the manufacture and pre-positioning of non-food items for emergencies. By deploying a new model of local procurement and stockholding, we will enable emergency supplies for Africa to be made in Africa and stored in strategic locations – in advance of any emergency.

This time-saving new model for disaster relief will save thousands of lives when disaster strikes. It will also stimulate a healthy culture of trade, not just aid, on the continent of Africa. Jobs in Africa will be sustained and created as the massive emergency relief budgets are spent locally. The Advance Aid model also saves tonnes of carbon emissions by reducing the distances that emergency aid materials have to travel.

Doesn’t it all make sense?

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News about Advance Aid

Advance Aid to inject $1.5m into Kenyan economy in 2011

Partnerships with World Vision and Catholic Relief Services boost local companies


Loan containers provide logistics base for World Vision in Dadaab

Secure and relatively cool storage for the refugee camp


Unique three-way partnership in emergency relief aims to help Africa to help itself

Advance Aid, World Vision and Agility join forces to promote local manufacture and pre-positioning


Advance Aid joins AidEx Steering Committee

Industry group will help with new event in Brussels in October 2011


Advance Aid makes submission to Ashdown Committee

We put forward to DFID’s HERR how we think emergency relief should change


Advance Aid links with IPA for African procurement
Specialist procurement company will ensure that best value is delivered
Anglo American Group Foundation makes £50,000 grant to Advance Aid
Grant will go towards helping the charity to deliver its mission in Africa

Maersk Line donates 300 containers to Advance Aid

$500,000 ‘gift-in-kind’ will help with storage of goods across Africa


Advance Aid partner MedMira scores 100% in KAVI screening test

Three minute rapid diagnostic for HIV gets acclaim from University of Nairobi


Advance Aid to speak at AIDF in Washington

The fifth annual conference and exhibition expects 1600 visitors and 120 exhibitors


Advance Aid seals partnership with MedMira

Working Together to Bring Rapid HIV Diagnostics Closer to Countries Most in Need


Advance Aid links with Aidmatrix on African emergency relief supplies

New partnership formed with the sector’s leading software supplier


See a short film about Advance Aid on the Plinth

A three-minute compilation of film and stills


New research supports Advance Aid approach

Cardiff Business School analysis validates local manufacture of aid goods


Advance Aid hires Bell Pottinger

UK’s largest PR consultancy to work with Advance Aid


Advance Aid works with Cardiff on logistics

Advance Aid and Cardiff are to work together on a ground-breaking research project


Let the Light In launches

New web site sells solar-powered torches and lanterns – buy one for yourself, donate one to Africa


David Dickie to speak in Washington

Advance Aid director to speak at Aid+Trade International event


Disaster relief in Africa: All about creating local jobs

Listen to the Ethical Corporation podcast


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