CBi Annual Event and Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week 2020
Connecting Business initiative Annual Event 2020
4 February 2020 | 14:00 – 17:30 | Geneva, Switzerland |Room 2
Session 1 | Leveraging private sector capacities in disaster management in the 2020s
As the frequency and impact of disasters have increased, so have private sector contributions. From small- and medium-sized to large enterprises, they have provided vital expertise, skills and resources to disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
While the primary responsibility rests with governments and the humanitarian-development community, the private sector has stepped in and clearly illustrated the power of their interventions. Now as we stand at the beginning of the 2020s, it is important to reflect on what has changed and what has been learned in the past 10 years, but also set joint intensions for the new decade.
This session discussed how private sector engagement in disaster management has evolved, acknowledge where it stands right now and discuss how we want it to develop in the coming 10 years. The objective is to identify emerging trends in the field and discuss how they affect the role and impact of private sector engagement. Furthermore, participants are invited to look beyond what is probable and rather focus on accelerating action to reach what is possible. The first part of the session focuses specifically on manmade disaster contexts, while the latter expands to also include natural disasters.
Session 2 | Strengthening Community Resilience through Business Continuity and Risk Transfer
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of communities and play a huge role in the global and local economies. MSMEs provide goods, services, jobs and livelihood opportunities that meet daily community and individual needs and, in times of disasters, can restore the local economic fabric.
Business continuity management (BCM), a framework for identifying and managing an organization's risk of exposure to threats such as natural hazards, is an essential element for MSMEs since they typically have little access to response and recovery support by government and humanitarian actors.
Despite their contributions to economic growth, MSMEs often have limited access to financial services such as insurance and other risk transfer mechanisms. While insurance increases the resilience of MSMEs, commonly available offerings are often not yet adapted to the needs of MSMEs and the risks they face.
This session provided a deep dive on how business continuity management and risk transfer mechanisms have and can further strengthen the resilience of MSMEs as well as the communities in which they operate. The session will bring together experts from the private sector, the humanitarian and development sector and private sector networks to share their perspective and experience on the topic at hand.
Connecting Business initiative 2020 Annual Event and Working Sessions 5-7 February (members)
The Connecting Business initiative (CBi) Annual Event 2020 was convened again during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) in Geneva in February. We are excited to see you in this context now for the fourth time and hear more about the progress you have made.
The CBi Annual Event on the afternoon of Tuesday 4 February consisted of two sessions that were open for all HNPW participants. The audience consisted of the private sector, UN, civil society and government representatives. One of the sessions focused on Leveraging private sector capacities in disaster management and the second one on business continuity planning and insurance.
Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 (morning) February were dedicated for closed door Working Sessions. These were only for CBi Member Network focal points, creating an environment where you can exchange ideas under Chatham house rules. We have four sessions (each for 1 ½ hours).