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There is a strong global push to improve and better coordinate the private sector response to disasters. In 2011-2012, governmental humanitarian assistance shrank for the first time since 1997, according to Global Humanitarian Assistance, while international organizations and aid agencies have been criticized for their overheads, opaque spending and bureaucratic structures.

According to recent independent research commissioned by the UN and funded by the UK government, there is an ongoing need for more effective connections in the aftermath of emergencies between local companies and national and international response efforts, so as to shorten supply chains and help local markets re-establish themselves quickly.

In this term, the Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response aims to significantly improve public-private cooperation in this area. One proposed idea is for the council to incubate a global online disaster market platform to allow international organizations and aid agencies to tender for supplies and services from local and regional suppliers. This could significantly shrink the supply chain and deliver more supplies, more efficiently, to more people and at lower cost than currently possible, as well as stimulate local economies. The World Economic Forum is the ideal incubator of such ideas, with ready and willing partners in international organizations, supply chain management, big data, online platform creation and delivery services.

Contact Us:

Council Manager: Christoph von Toggenburg, Community Lead, Schwab Foundation - Europe, Middle East and Africa, Schwab Foundation, Global Leadership Fellow, christoph.vontoggenburg@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Anja Kaspersen, Head of International Security, Member of the Executive Committee, anja.kaspersen@weforum.org