by Andy Andrea, Corin Morcom, Eric Berseth et al.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), November 2017
The private sector is a fundamental component of local communities affected by humanitarian crises, and it has long been engaged in humanitarian emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Private sector actors are present before humanitarian crises occur and as crises unfold, and they are among the first part of society to respond. Private sector actors, whether small or large, operating directly in humanitarian contexts or indirectly through supply chains, can leverage their own expertise, resources, channels and influence to address humanitarian needs and make positive contributions to long-term sustainable peace and development.