The Private Sector Challenge Report by the Humanitarian Futures Programme

11 Feb 2014

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) has supported the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) of King’s College London to undertake a research project, The Private Sector Challenge, which 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.

The complexities and uncertainties that increasingly face the international humanitarian community far transcend the capacity of any one sector, government or institution to deal with their consequences effectively. New approaches are needed to expand the concepts of humanitarian action and humanitarian actors, and in so doing, to engage with those regarded as “non-traditional humanitarian actors.”

This report by the Humanitarian Futures Programme enhances the understanding of civil-military-police stakeholders of the contribution of the private sector in crisis situations, including its form, roles, and trajectories of engagement. It looks at four case studies: Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Somalia to examine the role the private sector (excluding private security companies) in natural disaster response and conflict and stabilisation. It also provides a Guide to a Simulation which ACMC and the Humanitarian Futures Programme ran in October 2013 to assist Australian humanitarian policy makers and planners identify non-traditional humanitarian actors’ value-added and comparative advantages in different crisis contexts.

The full report is here. The report is also broken down into its various parts below for those who are interested in particular aspects of the project.