This scoping study explores how ‘platforms’ – in the form of intermediary organisations, networks, alliances and temporary coalitions – support the private sector’s engagement in humanitarian action, from disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness through response, reconstruction and development. This study draws together information on platforms that was previously not available or accessible. It shows that platforms have already made, and have the potential to continue to make, significant contributions to facilitating effective private sector engagement in humanitarian action. At the same time the study raises many questions with regard to the challenges that both the platforms themselves and their members face. There is much that can be gleaned from the work of platforms about how ‘traditional’ (e.g. United Nations ((UN)) agencies), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, donor governments and international non-governmental organisations and ‘nontraditional’ humanitarian actors (e.g. the private sector, military, diaspora and non-western donors) more broadly can work together.
*Photo credit: Left: Hygiene Awareness Creation by HCC Engineers during Bihar (India) Floods Right: Disaster response team at a warehouse in Guatemala, DHL