IRIN Global | Analysis: What future for private sector involvement in humanitarianism?
The private sector's involvement in humanitarian action has risen steadily in the last decade and is likely to play an even larger role in the post-2015 development agenda.
"In the face of diminishing resources and increasing disasters and crises… it is imperative to bring in innovative resources," said Mamissa Mboob of the newly created Private Sector Section at the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "It's almost as if we have no choice... The humanitarian system is stretched to its capacity… It's becoming more clear that no single entity can solve a lot of these world problems."
But too often, researchers and practitioners say, aid agencies and corporations have entered into partnerships without a clear idea of goals, shared and diverging values, and each side's comparative advantage, leading to one-off ventures that have little lasting impact. If the hype around the private sector is to translate into a sustained and positive impact, experts say, both aid agencies and corporations must take a step back to assess the impact of such partnerships and establish best practices.
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