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.
This paper explores how recent extreme events, particularly the 2010 simultaneous hazards, have or have not catalysed changes in perceptions, practices and policies relating to private sector engagement in humanitarian action and their collaboration with government, humanitarian and military actors. It also aims to identify shared issues and innovative examples within the context of disastersin Indonesia, and suggestions to the wide range of actors involved in humanitarian activities towards multi-actor collaboration.
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 paper explores the role of the private sector in humanitarian action in Kenya. Kenya was selected as a case study because it has a vibrant and innovative private sector, a history of severe and repeated humanitarian crises, notably drought in the country’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), and a track record of public–private partnerships for humanitarian action that have exploited new technologies and experimented with new models of fundraising.
This paper addresses the role of the private sector in humanitarian action in Indonesia and broad patters of engagement between the humanitarian and the private sectors. In analysing these issues, the paper identifies the barriers to, and opportunities for, more systematic engagement between humanitarian actors and the private sector, and puts forward practical measures to make collaboration more consistent and successful.
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 analyses the role of the private sector in humanitarian action in Haiti, with a particular focus on the response to the devastating earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. During the response, international and Haitian businesses participated in humanitarian efforts – both directly assisting populations and working with aid agencies – for commercial and philanthropic reasons.
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.
This thematic report has been undertaken as part of a 2013 research study entitled, Is Cash Transfer Programming ‘Fit for the Future’? The research was commissioned by the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and undertaken by the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP), King’s College London. The overall project intends to understand how changes in the broader global and humanitarian landscape may evolve in the future (up to 2025), and how these changes might shape cash transfer programming (CTP).
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.
A scoping study of the response in Kenya and Somalia
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.