The Humanitarian Private Sector Platform for East Africa promotes inclusion of the private sector as an integral participant in government-led preparedness planning and coordination of offers for disaster management/ humanitarian action with appropriate recipient or partner organisations.
This platform will enable systematic long-term partnerships between the private sector, United Nations, Non-governmental organizations and Government. The platform provides enhanced awareness and facilitation of inter-business and humanitarian connections, creating synergies of cross-sector collaboration in disaster prone and affected contexts.
Activities of the Humanitarian Private Sector Platform include:
- Promote ongoing engagement and networking opportunities.
- Manage information, document best practices, provide room for intentional growth of strategic long-term partnerships.
- Facilitate incubation of innovation (technologies, people skills, approaches) and identify each stakeholder’s unique robust value proposition for humanitarian challenges in East Africa.
- Create joint investment cases that result in profitability for business and communities as means to promote basic humanitarian standards and principles & explore the role of business regarding advocacy opportunities within the larger business community, with Governments.
- Improve humanitarian effectiveness – better preparedness and prepositioning of relationships will improve the next disaster response.
- Foster mutual accountability.
- Support training on business and humanitarian principles.
The initial focus is on two focus areas in Kenya with the intention to expand to other countries in East Africa: 1) El Nino preparedness and response in Kenya complementing ongoing Government-led activities, facilitating information sharing and identifying gaps and solutions that can be jointly addressed with disaster-affected communities; and 2) Support to refugee settlements.