The IKEA Foundation is becoming an increasingly stronger voice urging greater involvement of the private sector in humanitarian response, and smarter ways of providing support to refugees and those displaced by conflict and disaster.
The IKEA Foundation is providing leadership by example, but they want more of the private sector to step up and play their part in protecting and supporting those most vulnerable to disaster, with a focus on children.
Devex spoke with Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, ahead of his visit to Australia in April for the Asia Pacific Humanitarian Leadership Conference on the foundation’s role in leading change and support for humanitarian responses. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Lisa Cornish is a Devex reporter based in Canberra, Australia. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.
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