Most read reports
- The State of Humanitarian Journalism (October 2018)
- UNHCR and IOM appeal to European leaders to tackle Mediterranean deaths
- WFP participation at Global Child Nutrition Forum event: The world’s largest conference on school feeding
- Food costs should cause “shock and outrage” as countries in conflict see spiralling prices
- Global Peace Index 2018
A case study of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme and Kenya’s Hunger Safety Net Programme
The private sector has long been a major contributor to humanitarian action. At the community level, businesses frequently use their materials and resources to aid people affected by crises. As local markets recover and supply chains are repaired, crisis-affected people are once again able to access basic goods and, in some cases, resume livelihoods.
In support of building a better understanding and knowledge base of the private sector’s engagement in and contribution to Australia’s humanitarian action policy and strategic and operational work, the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP), King’s College London, with support from the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) has undertaken an action research project – The Private Sector Challenge - intended to enhance the understanding of civil-military stakeholders of the contribution of the private sector in crisis situations, including its form, roles, and trajectories of engagement.
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This is the final report developed as part of a research project, commissioned by the Cash Learning Partnership and undertaken by the Humanitarian Futures Programme, that explores what cash transfer programming might look like in the future (2020-2025), the implications for institutionalisation of cash by humanitarian actors, private sector, donors and Governments, and the priority areas for further research or future action in order for CTP to be ‘fit for the future’.
This paper addresses the role of the private sector in contributing to humanitarian action in Jordan. It examines the on-going Syrian refugee crisis, which has created opportunities as well as constraints for humanitarian–private sector collaboration over the course of the past two years.
This report was developed as part of a research project, commissioned by the Cash Learning Partnership and undertaken by the Humanitarian Futures Programme, that explores what cash transfer programming might look like in the future (2020-2025), the implications for institutionalisation of cash by humanitarian actors, private sector, donors and Governments, and the priority areas for further research or future action in order for CTP to be ‘fit for the future’.
As the international humanitarian landscape evolves, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are faced with many challenges and questions about their own potential futures. To explore these questions, and what possible futures may exist for traditional humanitarian NGOs, the Start Network commissioned this HFP Discussion Paper.
Dr. Randolph Kent, Director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) King's College, London
One year on from the UK Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR), the Humanitarian Futures Programme is to review how anticipation - the first among seven key components accepted by the British Government - has impacted on more strategic 'whole of government' efforts to promote resilience...
"Taking an anticipatory perspective is 'the glue' that brings together the other capacities that the Department for International Development (DFID) accepted as essential for dealing with longer-term humanitarian threats," says Randolph Kent, Director of HFP.
Ground-breaking research into private sector-humanitarian engagement
By Joanne Burke, HFP Partnerships Manager
A study by HFP identifies new ways in which the private sector can play a wider and more effective role in humanitarian action, identifying platforms – entities that foster strategic commercial and humanitarian alliances – as having the potential to greatly improve crisis prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for more complex and diverse risk challenges facing humankind.
Governments of some of the most disaster-prone countries in the world are increasingly rejecting the ‘Western’ approach to prevention, preparedness and response to humanitarian threats.
The message is from the Director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) at King’s College, London.
“We are on the brink of a new humanitarian age and increasingly, governments in some of the world’s most disaster-prone regions are relying on their own capacities, human resources and traditions to prepare for humanitarian threats which will affect us all,” says Dr. Randolph Kent.
By Dr. Randolph Kent, Director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) at King’s College, London,
Some of the most favoured words in the humanitarian lexicon reflect potential stagnation in creative thinking and mind-closure to the greater threats of the future. I would stigmatise ‘practical’ and ‘academic’ as foul words for the future which threaten the efforts of those who recognise that saving lives by mitigating future threats will require new thinking and greater sensitivity to global transformations.
The Humanitarian Innovations Challenge, also known as 'Project Alyssa', is designed to explore plausible humanitarian futures as the types, numbers and dynamics of threats increase exponentially.
Designed by HFP and Linksbridge, a challenge scenario has been created to analyse the best alignment of expertise, methods, activities and actors that will be needed to meet three challenges:
To develop ways to reduce the risks that appear to be intensifying
To develop a preparedness plan that will provide effective means to deal with looming crises; and
To implement emergency …