For too many years there has been a misguided distrust between the humanitarian and private sectors. The former believed the latter was focused only on making a few bucks. The latter believed the former was stubborn and reluctant to change. With conflict raging across the world and millions of people in need of urgent life-saving assistance, this antiquated mind-set cannot persist.
Before, during and after crises, local communities must be at the centre of emergency response efforts. The onus is on the entire response community – humanitarians, governments and private sector alike – to strengthen their capacity to respond, recover and redevelop from disaster. To achieve this, the humanitarian and private sectors must play nice.
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