As the scope of humanitarian crises expands, humanitarian actors are looking for new ways to engage the private sector in their work. Once considered strictly funders, humanitarian donor agencies are now looking to private sector actors for more, including deploying skills, goods, and services.
A key example of this shift is the $15 million Humanitarian Grand Challenge — the first of its kind. A partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.K. Department for International Development, and Grand Challenges Canada, this initiative aims to mobilize innovators looking to partner with the private sector with a focus on "safe drinking water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services” for conflict settings.
Devex hosted conversation with Doug Stropes, deputy division director in USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, to give insight into how the U.S. government's leading humanitarian office is thinking about private sector engagement.
The one-hour webinar covers:
• The potential private sector partnerships and concerns with collaboration
• Information about the $15 million Humanitarian Grand Challenge put on by USAID, DFID, and Grand Challenges Canada
• How USAID is thinking about risk and priorities when it comes to private sector partnerships
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