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Private sector engagement in complex emergencies: case studies from Yemen and southern Somalia

Research report

Written by Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy, Barnaby Willitts-King

Research report

This report explores how the local private sector has responded to the crises in Yemen and Somalia, with a specific focus on the opportunities and obstacles to private sector engagement with the humanitarian community. 

A key finding from the research is that the private sector is present in complex emergencies, contrary to the general perception that areas of conflict are no place for business. This preliminary study finds a number of areas of common ground that may help foster stronger connections between the business and humanitarian communities, both within these contexts and more broadly. The challenge is to foster positive relationships that can support humanitarian goals. 

The report concludes that the role of the private sector in shaping markets within the humanitarian dimensions of conflicts should be further explored through research, use of political economy analysis and convening discussions between multiple stakeholder groups.

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy, Nisar Majid and Barnaby Willitts-King