An ecosystem of partnerships can help humanitarian initiatives to flourish. This was one of the takeaways from last month’s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, where stakeholders from across the humanitarian sector gathered to discuss a sustainable future for work in fragile states.
Forest Whitaker — social activist, United Nations envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and Oscar-winning actor — is no stranger to working across sectors to build partnerships. He founded the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative in 2012 and has worked with private sector actors including Ericsson and MasterCard to support peacebuilding in communities impacted by conflict, primarily in South Sudan.
Whitaker shared insight about how these partnerships have evolved in an exclusive conversation with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar.
It’s about “recognizing that together as a unit we can resolve these problems,” Whitaker said, adding that building partnerships does not only include the private sector or United Nations agencies, but also means working with local community leaders who will provide support, protection and security.
Watch the video above for more from Whitaker on creating computer literacy hubs, youth training schemes, and what motivated him to engage in peacebuilding work.
Following the World Humanitarian Summit, Devex — along with its partners Deloitte, Ericsson, United Nations Development Programme, and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs — have come together for #ShareHumanity. This six-week online conversation explores the role the private sector plays in humanitarian relief efforts, preparedness and response, both now and in the future.