Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector – Final report

16 Sep 2014

The private sector has long been a major contributor to humanitarian action and are increasingly at the forefront of humanitarian response, whether as a partner, donor or producer of goods and services for people in need.

Based on research in Kenya, Jordan, Indonesia and Haiti, Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector – Final report examines how the private sector is currently contributing to humanitarian responses – and what role it may play in the future. The research has revealed that businesses that approach disasters and humanitarian crises as commercial opportunities can be more beneficial for people affected by crises than those who try to be charitable by giving money or running corporate social responsibility projects. However, a range of barriers restricts the role of private sector companies in humanitarian action.

The paper proposes a range of recommendations to offer a way forward to expand opportunities for the private sector to engage in humanitarian responses in the future. The Final Report can be found here.

This publication is written by Steven A. Zyck, an expert in aid delivery in conflict-affected contexts and a Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and Dr Randolph Kent, Director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) at King’s College London.

The work undertaken by Dr Kent complements an October 2013 ACMC supported activity with King’s College London on The Private Sector Challenge Report by the Humanitarian Futures Programme. That report examined the role of the private sector in light of Australia’s own overseas commitments and the interface between the private sector and the military. For further information click here.