Working Together for Disaster Relief Conference

The need for the humanitarian organisations to engage more with the private sector and vice versa – including environment professionals, financial services, manufacturers & suppliers – in post-disaster reconstruction and development is well known. However, there is still need for guidance on how our sectors can better work together.

Arguably the move toward ‘localisation’, where the international humanitarian sector is encouraged to support and develop local capacity to prepare and respond in humanitarian crisis, must also include the private sector. This can include professional and financial services, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors, both international and local.

This one-day conference is an opportunity for the private and humanitarian sectors to meet and consider how to work together to support and develop local capacity for longer term resilience. It will take the form of presentations and collaborative workshops discussing various issues related to collaboration between the humanitarian, academic, and private partners in order to build local capacity in both disaster risk reduction and post-disaster response and reconstruction.

Charities qualify for a free place at this event, up to 2 individuals per organisation, contact us at for a discount code to give you a free place.

Event programme

8.30 – 9.00am Arrival and coffee
9.00 – 9.10am Introductory remarks – welcome and outline of day – BRE CEO
9.10 – 9.45am Keynote Speaker
9.45 – 10.45am




Morning Session: outline of the themes to be discussed in breakout sessions and overview of day.

This session will cover:

  • The governmental perspective on humanitarian action / research
  • Private sector engagement / local capacity building and the link between academia and practice
  • Local NGO perspective on private sector engagement – The good, the bad, and the ugly
10.45am – 12.20pm

All attendees participate in all sessions


Conference Breakout Sessions – to run concurrently in smaller groups

1 – Research & Development (short, medium, long term)

  • Linking academia, industrial research and practice – action research and feedback loops
  • Industry-led R&D
  • Commissioning research and gathering data in early days of response
  • Partnerships with local universities
  • Streamlining collaboration on research topics

2 – Supporting local enterprise and building capacity

  • Barriers to engaging local firms in post-disaster reconstruction
  • Partnerships between international & local firms
  • Technical training of NGO national staff and local actors
  • Supporting local enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurism
  • Strengthening local private sector capacity
12.20– 1.15pm Lunch (and innovation park tours)
1.15 – 2.50pm 3 – Construction and Infrastructure Sectors engagement strand (medium to long term)

  • Best-practice for private sector support of humanitarian actors
  • Improving communication between sectors for mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Private sector technical assistance to local actors
  • Barriers to collaboration

4 – Financial services, technology and operations in post-disaster reconstruction

  • Funding processes for humanitarian organisations – grants, sponsorships, and more
  • Investment in local businesses
  • Access and availability of financial services, and support to the financial sector
  • Opportunities for private sector engagement through cash and market-based programmes
  • Use of local contractors in reconstruction
  • Risks and challenges in engaging private sector in humanitarian settings
2.50 – 3.10pm Coffee break
3.10 – 4.45pm Feedback from breakout sessions – Open space / panel – feedback from the breakout sessions – questions / concerns raised in these sessions will be fed back to the panel to discuss. Audience Q&A and “Question Time” style panel. Reflections on day and next steps.
4.45 – 5.00pm Plenary and wrap-up

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