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  • 2 April 2019

    Expo is open to all interested stakeholders from around the world: companies, NGOs, governments, international organizations, other humanitarian and development institutions, academia and general public.

    The event will be held under the patronage of HE Mr. Andrzej Duda – President of the Republic of Poland


    Warsaw Humanitarian Expo serves as a platform to meet people interested in humanitarian and development aid, to learn about new trends in humanitarian and development assistance, to exchange experience about serving on the humanitarian missions, and to create synergies between business and the NGO community in doing projects together.


    WHE 2019 consists of 4 pillars:

    1. Humanitarian City – a platform for meetings, debates and other events where institutions, NGOs, business, Academia will engage with wider public about humanitarian and development activities.
    2. Responsible Business for Humanitarian Emergencies Conference – with high level participants who will discuss most relevant topics concerning future of humanitarian aid, including business involvement in that sector or new technologies and innovations for humanitarian emergencies. Marc Lawcock – Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Humanitarian Aid will attend the conference.  
    3. Warsaw Procurement Forum  -  Forum on how to successfully participate in tenders for provision of services and delivery of goods to international organizations; including one-2-one meetings.
    4. Expo /Fair – open for companies operating in various sectors of humanitarian and development aid (including: IT, communication and logistics; medical equipment and pharma; shelter;  food and agri; security means and others).   

    Poland organizes the Expo with the view to provide its contribution to the web of actions taking place  in the context of humanitarian and development assistance worldwide.  Poland is an emerging donor. In 2018, over 35,000 refugees found shelter and 30,000 received medical and physiotherapeutic care thanks to Polish Aid. Polish funds for humanitarian aid have increased nine-fold in the last 3 years!

    Building public support for increased contributions to development and humanitarian actions requires working directly with all interested stakeholders.

    This is why  the mission of the Expo is defined  as:

    • engaging in the  debate on worldwide trends related to  humanitarian and development  activities 
    • increasing the involvement of business community in the humanitarian actions worldwide
    • creating platform for common actions to be undertaken by business, NGOs and public institutions in the area of development and humanitarian aid.
    • strengthening private sector participation in the market of projects and procurement of international organisations (UN, EC, IFIs as well as NGOs).

    Presence of many representatives of  the international organizations such as UN agencies (UNDP, FAO, WHO, UNHCR, WFP and many others), EU, NATO and ICRC and NGOs dealing with humanitarian and development assistance will create the opportunity for business representatives to see development sector as an interesting market opportunity.

    Humanitarian and development aid involves many actors –  governments, NGOs, international organisations, business and individuals. Warsaw Humanitarian Expo aims to facilitate a smooth cooperation among those involved thus contributing to the world efforts to make development and humanitarian assistance better organized, more efficient and more  cost-effective.


    Humanitarian City – a part of Warsaw Humanitarian Expo 2019 (WHE 2019) dedicated to side events. It is a venue for open debates and exchange of experiences that aims to facilitate cooperation between public institutions, NGOs and business.

    Non-governmental organizations, academia and other institutions will be able to share information on their involvement in humanitarian aid and development assistance, present their tools, know-how and innovative solutions.

    The organizers are welcome to all initiatives put forward by NGOs, academia, and other institutions that relate to humanitarian aid and development assistance. These may include debates, seminars, presentations, exhibitions etc. The initiatives must be submitted to the organizers as soon as possible.

    For additional information on organization of such events please contact Ms. Agata Czyrsznic-Dobrowolska (, phone: +48 22 5237182) and Mr. Paweł Mokrzycki (, phone: +48 22 5239731).

    For technical details please contact Mr. Krzysztof Pytlarz, Warsaw Humanitarian Expo Project Director (, phone: +48 504 651 923).


    Humanitarian City will consist of three blocks:

    1. -law,
    2. -global education and
    3. -business in humanitarian aid and development assistance sectors



    • Enhancement of cooperation between partners in the field of humanitarian aid and development assistance (NGOs, academia, public institutions, business)
    • Dissemination of knowledge on humanitarian aid matters
    • Promotion of volunteering
    • Overview of activities of organizations involved in humanitarian aid and development assistance
    • Promotion of best practices



    • Expo booths
    • Lectures, seminars and courses (i.a. on humanitarian law, global education, running business in countries affected by humanitarian crises)
    • Panel discussions
    • Photography exhibitions, film shows

    Warsaw Humanitarian Expo Brochure

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