CBi Annual Event and Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week 2021

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat
Event date 19 Apr '21 00:00 - 7 May '21 00:00
Event location Online

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The Connecting Business initiative (CBi) Annual Event 2021 will be convened online during the virtual Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW). 

The registration is now open for participants on the HNPW website HERE


Welcome and orientation session for private sector participants

Tuesday 20th April 2021 11:45– 12:45 UTC +2

To help private sector participants navigate through the various sessions and amplify their voice in the discussions, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners will organize a Welcome and orientation session for private sector participants. The session will serve as an introduction, highlighting key trends in private sector engagement in humanitarian action since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide an overview of the HNPW week program.

Connection details
https://ocha.webex.com/ocha/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebbb2bb18ea82ce210c487efdaa11c48f
Event number (access code): 185 215 7144


Overview of CBi sessions 

This year, CBi will organize four sessions, covering various aspects of private sector engagement in disaster management. The agenda is as follows:  

  • 26 April, 13:00 -13:45 CET: Private Sector Engagement in Humanitarian-development-peace Collaboration 
  • 27 April, 13:00 -13:45 CET: Private Sector Engagement in Disease Outbreaks and Multi-hazard Scenario Planning 
  • 28 April, 13:00 -13:45 CET: New Technologies for Disaster Management – A Multi-stakeholder Approach 
  • 29 April, 13:00 -13:45 CET: Gender, Disaster Management and The Private Sector – Advancing the Field through A Multi-stakeholder Approach 

Private Sector Engagement in Humanitarian-development-peace Collaboration 

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nexus

The UN emphasizes the need to bridge the gap between humanitarian, development and peace silos and advocates for closer collaboration between the different actors. It calls for shared analysis, collective priority setting, as well as joined up planning and programming with the overall aim of reducing humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability. As part of the communities in which they operate, businesses have an innate interest to support before, during and after crises, often seamlessly moving across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding responses. This session will discuss how and when do humanitarian, development and peace practitioners come together with private sector entities to leverage their comparative advantages. It will make a strong case that private sector actors should be encouraged to actively participate in the different elements of the nexus approach. Through an interactive panel discussion, speakers will highlight concrete examples of how strengthened collaboration and coordination with and among the private sector have benefitted vulnerable people.

Session objectives:

  • Explore the possibilities for the private sector to engage in humanitarian-development-peace collaboration;

  • Highlight good practices and lessons learned of humanitarian, development and peace practitioners working alongside the private sector;

  • Suggest practical ways how different partners can work together with the private sector towards achieving collective outcomes.

Private Sector Engagement in Disease Outbreaks and Multi-hazard Scenario Planning 

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multi-hazard

Recognizing the need to continuously build on the collaborative efforts between development and humanitarian actors, and the private sector for emergency preparedness, response and recovery, this session on "Private Sector Engagement in Disease Outbreaks and Multi-hazard Scenario Planning" aims to gather representatives from CBi member networks and other private sector networks, private sector coordinators from UN and other development and humanitarian agencies to discuss good practices, challenges and lessons learned from dealing with multiple disaster events.

Following this session, it is expected that participants will gain appreciation on how partnerships with the private sector can be initiated in order to enhance multi-hazard scenario planning capabilities and activities.

Session objectives:

  • To facilitate exchange of good practices and lessons learned on preparing and responding to disaster events during a pandemic;

  • To initiate discussions on how partnerships with the private sector can enhance multi-hazard scenario and contingency planning capabilities; and,

  • To share concrete examples of how private sector and humanitarian and development actors can collaborate on multi-hazard and multi-sectoral assessment of humanitarian needs and capacity.

New Technologies for Disaster Management – A Multi-stakeholder Approach 

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The world is dealing with unprecedented challenges. According to the Global Humanitarian Overview, in 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection, which means 1 in 33 people worldwide - a significant increase from 1 in 45 a year ago. New ways of working are required to address the challenges we are facing, and technology can be a part of the solution.

As part of the 2021 Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week, the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) will organise a session on “New technologies for disaster management – a multi-stakeholder approach”. The event is showcasing multi-stakeholder approaches for advancing the adoption of new technologies for disaster management. The interactive session is showcasing findings from recent studies and taking stock of further initiatives through audience participation in live polls and exchanges.

Session objectives:

  • Highlight good practices of multi-stakeholder collaboration to advance the adoption of new technologies for better disaster management.
  • Explore possibilities for private sector networks to engage in the adoption of new technologies for disaster management.
  • Suggest practical ways how different partners can work together with the private sector towards achieving collective outcomes. 
  • Inspire action with the support of all participants.

Gender, Disaster Management and The Private Sector – Advancing the Field through A Multi-stakeholder Approach

gender

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At the intersection of gender, private sector engagement, disaster management, and the nexus of humanitarian action and development work – there is a gap. CBiexplored this space to better understand challenges and opportunities to integrate the gender lens into the work of the private sector disaster management, particularly what has been done so far and where the process is at. This session aims to present the OCHA-UNDP Connecting Business initiative´s (CBi)research on Gender, Disaster Management and the Private Sector. This research document provides an overview on how gender, private sector and disaster management interact, as well as to offer a consolidated view of different focus areas through the specific chapters, to facilitate bringing gender into private sector disaster management discussions. It offers an overview; a starting point for what will be an on-going conversation among several actors and stakeholder groups. This sessiontherefore invites partners and actors to discuss the needs and ideas in bringing the theme further!

Session objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the importance of the interconnection between gender, private sector and disaster management
  • To bring the discussion forward on a new field related to how can the different actors use the information in this publication in moving forward in this area, and;
  • To exchange knowledge and insights on the next steps

About HNPW 2021: 

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) will be held remotely from 19 April to 7 May. Each year, the HNPW brings together more than 2000 experts in crisis preparedness and response from over 350 organizations and countries to discuss common challenges and possible solutions and exchange lessons learned and best practices. 

This first virtual edition of the HNPW will offer participants the opportunity to attend sessions covering different time zones, encouraging broad participation from around the world. It will once again gather experts and humanitarian professionals from more than 40 participating networks and partnerships. 

Nine Priority Topics have been identified by the Leading Edge Program Strategy Group for this 2021 virtual edition, covering various aspects of humanitarian action. These are:

  • Humanitarian Coordination and Localization
  • Anticipatory Action
  • Nexus
  • Accountability to affected populations
  • Climate Crisis
  • Integrating Security Risk Management Across Humanitarian Action
  • Emergency response in a pandemic
  • Inclusion
  • Organisational culture and power relations.

Around these topics, numerous sessions will be organized, bringing together various partners and networks. View the event programme at: hnpw.org

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