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Private - Humanitarian sector partnerships: a case study of private sector engagement in supply chain and logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presentation Description

According to OCHA Global Humanitarian Outlook 2021, in 2021 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding existing humanitarian crises and adding a level of complexity to disaster response and recovery efforts. The case for partnership and collaboration between different sectors has never been stronger. Sustainable Development Goal #17 formalized the role of corporations as key actors in multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive the global sustainable development agenda forward, but despite a long history of engagement, there is a need to better understand the elements of mutually beneficial partnerships between the humanitarian community and the private sector. In 2020, demand for pro-bono airlift services from humanitarian logistics NGO Airlink rose by more than 400%, due in large part to COVID-19. This presentation will explore a case study of Airlink and Flexport.org to support relief organizations in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the key elements that will be highlighted during the case study include: communication at the leadership level, tactical/ongoing engagement at the programmatic level, mission alignment, and the use of technology and innovative funding models to support operations. Participants will leave the workshop with a unique perspective on the role of the private sector supporting humanitarian logistics and supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, participants will identify next steps to build strategic partnerships that will enhance the ability of both individual organizations and the nonprofit community to leverage private sector capabilities to handle uncertainty and volatility in program delivery.

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