East Africa Humanitarian Private Sector Platform Newsletter (March 2019)

Wairimu Kibui • 16 April 2019

The East AfricaHumanitarian Private Sector Partnerships Platform (HPPP) supports systematic long-term private sector, UN, NGO, Government and community partnerships to address the impacts of natural disasters and emergencies due to conflict and complex urban and out-of camp displacement situations. 

This March 2019 newsletter features: private sector operations in complex emergencies environment with focus on Equity Banks’ operations in fragile South Sudan – the key challenges faced by the bank and the strategic decisions taken by the bank to continue provision of its financial services to South Sudan.

Featured also is how organizations build resilience in their operations in disaster affected areas, with focus on World Visions’ Cash and Voucher Assisted transfers (CVA)  and Village the Savings for Transformation program previously known as village savings and loan association (VSLA) designed to provide resources for the vulnerable population by organizing and equipping savings groups to improve their business skills and learn new ways to earn income.

Finally, the newsletter includes highlights of the Connecting Business initiative's (CBi) annual event held in Geneva during the Humanitarian Partnerships Network Week (HNPW) in February 2019.

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