Humanitarian Private Sector Platform for East Africa

Introduction: Humanitarian Private Sector Platform for East Africa is an initiative drawn from a group of committed organisations, UN agencies, INGOs and the private sector. Over the past decade, the private sector has increasingly been recognized as a major stakeholder in multiple aspects of humanitarian action. Simultaneously, there has been a move towards market-linked forms of humanitarian assistance that work with local enterprises. However, to date, cross sector partnerships have been ad-hoc at best with engagement focused on single responses or one off donations. There is a great need for a coordination and collaboration mechanism from all stakeholder groups, including government, business, civil society and the UN to address natural and conflict-induced disasters in the region. The platform promotes the inclusion of the private sector as an integral participant in government-led preparedness planning and coordination of offers for disaster management/ humanitarian action with appropriate recipient or partner organisations.
Purpose: Humanitarian Private Sector Platform for East Africa will improve information sharing, communication and coordination between humanitarian and private sector in East Africa; establish a simple online information management system; establish an interagency common feedback system to collect community needs and views. This platform will enable systematic long-term private sector, UN, NGO and Government partnerships in light of the changing contexts humanitarian actors are faced with in East Africa including long-term emergencies and conflicts, and complex urban and out-of camp refugee situations, as well as at global levels as identified by the World Humanitarian Summit process. The platform is to provide enhanced awareness and facilitation of inter-business and humanitarian connections, creating synergy effects of cross-sector collaboration in disaster prone and affected contexts, in order to improve communication, information sharing, and leverage innovation and sustainability by especially engaging with local stakeholders (local business and disaster affected community representatives). The platform will facilitate networking, collaboration and opportunities to address humanitarian needs through innovation and shared-value creation. The platform will ensure all parties are integral participants in government-led disaster management from preparedness planning, to humanitarian response and early recovery.

Partners: Government of Kenya through the Council of Governors office, UNOCHA, UNDP, World Vision, The Partnering Initiative, Save the Children


  • Promote ongoing engagement and networking opportunities
  • Manage information, document best practices, provide room for intentional growth of strategic long-term partnerships - this includes strategic linkages with EA Governments’ and UN Cluster coordination systems
  • Facilitate incubation of innovation (technologies, people skills, approaches) and identify each stakeholder’s unique robust value proposition for humanitarian challenges in East Africa
  • Create joint investment cases that result in profitability for business and communities as means to promote basic humanitarian standards and principles & explore the role of business regarding advocacy opportunities within the larger business community, with Governments
  • Improve humanitarian effectiveness – better preparedness & prepositioning of relationships will improve the next disaster response
  • Foster mutual accountability
  • Support training on business and humanitarian principles,
  • Strategic fundraising/ humanitarian financing of gaps

The initial focus is on two projects (for philanthropic/ CSR engagement as well as for product/ service co-creation with short-and long-term social and financial benefits for business, communities involved) in Kenya with the intention to expand to other countries in East Africa: 1) El Nino preparedness & response in Kenya:  complement ongoing Government-led activities, facilitate information sharing and matching of identified gaps that can be jointly addressed by (co-created) goods and services to and with disaster-affected communities; and 2) Kayobelei, planned new refugee Settlement, Turkana County, Kenya.

Governance: The platform is governed by a steering committee (representation three business representatives (local and multinational), three civil society representatives (UN and NGO, including local community rep.), three Government representatives (from different national disaster management relevant entities).

Synergies: The platform will not duplicate existing efforts but contribute to and create synergy effects of both, humanitarian and business networks in East Africa – connecting with but not limited to East Africa Business Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Association of Manufacturers. The Platform will draw upon experience and lessons learnt from existing cross-sector platforms, UN Global Compact, and World Humanitarian Summit consultation processes. Humanitarian accountability principles and industry ethical business principles shall govern all activities of the platform.


Get Involved:

  1.  Join the network
  2. Support the network through funding, in-kind contributions, program collaboration or advice 


Disaster Simulation Exercise 29 November 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

The event oriented the network members on how they can engage in disaster preparedness and response through scenarios for better business preparedness and continuity. The participants were also introduced to the Core Humanitarian Standards and Principles. Read more in the event press release of here. Twitter #ConnectBiz and #HPPPKuraTest

Humanitarian Private Sector Platform for East Africa
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
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