Businesses and the future of humanitarian action

16 July 2014 16:00 - 17:30 GMT+01 (BST)
Public event
Streamed live online

Chair:

Ann Grant Vice Chairman, Africa at Standard Chartered Bank and ODI Board Member

Panel 1: A new business case for private sector engagement in humanitarian action?

Randolph Kent* – Director, Humanitarian Futures Programme, Kings College London

Steven A Zyck *– Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute

*Co-authors of Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector

Panel 2: Challenges and opportunities

Helena Fraser – Chief, Private Sector Section, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Åsa Angelino – Partnership Director, Peepoople

Description

Businesses are increasingly at the forefront of humanitarian response, whether as a partner, donor or producer of goods and services for people in need.

However, many non-profit organisations have been hesitant to engage with businesses and private companies. Indeed, the motivations for businesses to get involved in humanitarian response remain poorly understood in certain corners – is it for profit, public relations, or just to do good? And does it matter?

Drawing from research in Jordan, Indonesia, Haiti and Kenya – and consultations with business and humanitarian leaders in Europe and North America – this event will bring together private companies and foundations with aid agencies to present a new business case for private sector engagement in humanitarian action – and explore how businesses can best help people during crises.in Jordan, Indonesia, Haiti and Kenya – and consultations with business and humanitarian leaders in Europe and North America – this event will bring together private companies and foundations with aid agencies to present a new business case for private sector engagement in humanitarian action – and explore how businesses can best help people during crises.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.