Strengthening Collective Private Sector Engagement In Complex Emergency Contexts Through The Connecting Business Initiative

Aug 1, 2018

UNDP Turkey, TURKONFED, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Connecting Business initiative (CBi), under the auspices of. Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu, The President of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) co-hosted a workshop on 26 July 2018 with the participants from private sector and its stakeholder community to learn about private sector engagement in complex emergencies, exchange experiences and provide input for the development of a global Guidance Toolkit on collective private sector engagement in complex emergency contexts. The workshop achieved following objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the role the private sector plays in addressing complex emergencies
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for private sector engagement in Turkey
  • Highlight good practices and lessons learnt
  • Collect input for the development of a CBi Guidance Toolkit that focuses on collective private sector engagement in complex emergency contexts 

The Guidance Toolkit will guide CBi Member Networks (and other private sector networks) in understanding the business case for action, as sessing the landscape in which they operate, setting priorities and taking action to support private sector network engagement. The Toolkit will also provide typologies, scenarios, good practices and suggested further reading to sustain constructive and complementary action. 

The Connecting Business initiative (CBi), launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, aims to transform the way the private sector engages before, during and after emergencies, increasing the scale and effectiveness of the response in a coordinated manner. CBi supports 13 platforms for collective private sector action, connecting them to national government and international crisis management structures, thus enabling private sector resources to be deployed faster and more effectively. One of these networks operates in Turkey and is jointly managed by TURKONFED and UNDP Turkey.

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