Urbanization, population growth, environmental degradation, conflict and climate change are all adding to underdevelopment, poverty and inequality. Natural disasters have left the poor and marginalized more vulnerable. Worldwide displacement is at the highest level ever recorded. According to the UN Secretary-General’s report for the World Humanitarian Summit 60 million people were forced from their homes in 2015. The average amount of time people worldwide live in displacement arising from war and persecution is estimated at 17 years. Displacement needs both humanitarian and development responses.

UNDP’s approach is to support micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) to become more resilient by partnering and engaging the private sector in disaster risk reduction, crisis preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Nepal earthquake response: restoring livelihoods

A beneficiary of Ripini Irrigation System restored by UNDP's Community Infrastructure and Livelihood Recovery Programme (LRP) weeding her paddy field in Sindhupalchowk district.more

For example, UNDP provides technical support to establish mechanisms for public-private dialogue, supports national governments to develop conducive policies, conducts research and develop knowledge products, coordinates joint action, builds capacity, brokers partnerships between governments and the private sector and facilitates innovative private-sector approaches to tackle development challenges. UNDP’s support to private sector resilience and crisis response are explained below.

Our Work

Some of our initiatives related to private sector resilience and crisis response include:

Connecting Business Initiative (CBI) is a global network for private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction, crisis preparedness, response and recovery. CBI responds to a demand from the private sector to be more strategically engaged, help coordinate more effective response, build capacity of private sector networks and match needs. The initiative is designed to implement these recommendations which will help to advance sustainable, people-centered development, reduce disaster risks and alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies. CBI was launched in the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 and it is a collaboration between UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and other strategic partners. Read more at www.connectingbusinessinitiative.org  

Get Airports Ready for Disasters is a collaborative effort between UNDP and Deutsche Post DHL that helps to build capacity of the airport staff to respond to crises benefitting from DHL core capabilities. Over 500 people across 29 airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Turkey have been trained, helping these countries address any logistical bottlenecks to the delivery of aid, improve the systems and develop practical contingency plans. Read more about GARD here.

UNDP Country Offices engage with the private sector in different kinds of crisis situations. For example, after the earthquake in Haiti, UNDP worked with Digicel to make the cash installments through the first ever mobile money transfer mechanism to support post-disaster housing reconstruction. In the Ebola crisis response and recovery UNDP offices in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone benefitted from private sector resources, technologies and knowhow. For example, private sector technologies helped to set up systems for mobile money payments to 16,000 healthcare workers. IICPSD supported the country offices in West Africa by providing hands on support to connect needs and private sector resources, analyzing the impact on the private sector in the region in the Ebola early recovery assessment, and providing a Framework for Early Recovery Support and regional and country programme documents from the private sector components. In Nepal after the earthquake, UNDP and Microsoft developed a software for optimized debris management and livelihoods work.