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Engaging companies in manmade disasters – a guidance toolkit for private sector networks

Toolkit/guidelines

Written by Barnaby Willitts-King

Hero image description: Farmers and visitors inspect a crop selection trial - rebuilding agricultural systems post-conflict Image credit:ICARDA Image license:CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Conflict remains the main driver of humanitarian need. However, due to the elevated (perceived or actual) risks associated with conflict, companies have typically been involved in such contexts less when compared to natural disasters. Consequently, collective private sector action in manmade disaster contexts, including complex emergencies, remains underexplored and limited to certain sectors.

The Connecting Business initiative – which is jointly managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme – co-developed this guidance toolkit with ODI for companies that are collectively engaging in manmade disaster contexts.

This toolkit provides a framework and practical tips for private sector networks to develop an engagement strategy in manmade disaster contexts. It focuses on actions that fit the capabilities of network participants, efficiently channels private sector capabilities and supports governments and the humanitarian community.

Funding for the toolkit was provided by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

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