Cross-Sector Collaboration | Humanitarian Coalition

Advancing Canada’s humanitarian leadership through cross-sector collaboration

Canadian Cross-Sector Partnership for International Humanitarian Response.

Canada has a long history of helping people around the world in times of need, most recently in response to events such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the earthquake in Nepal, the recent Ebola outbreak in Western Africa or Syrian refugees.

Recent global trends show that disasters are changing, that they are more frequent and affect more people than ever. The landscape is quickly evolving and the way we respond to crises is changing just as swiftly. Adaptability, innovation and ingenuity are paramount in responding to these crises.

So is cross-sector collaboration. More and more, not only do leading humanitarian agencies and governments ensure rapid and effective delivery of life-saving programs when needed, but corporations are participating to rapid response efforts.

How can we work together to maximize these efforts to save more lives?

The Conference Board of Canada recently published a report, Enhancing Collaboration in International Disasters, that identifies ways to increase collaboration. It also notes that the motivation to respond to international humanitarian disasters is very similar for the private sector and humanitarian organizations. The report also available on the Conference Board's eLibrary.

The Humanitarian Coalition plans to pursue some of the Conference Board's recommendations in order to promote long-term sharing and cooperation between the sectors.

Not enough time to read the report? Watch former Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition Nicolas Moyer and the lead researcher for this report from the Conference Board, Michael Bassett, share some key findings from the research and discuss the implications of improved collaboration between these sectors.

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The Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), has mandated the Humanitarian Coalition to conduct a one-year initiative to advance Canada’s humanitarian leadership through cross-sector collaboration. Our objective is to understand what is needed to improve effectiveness and cross-sector collaboration in times of disasters, and what the current barriers to develop partnerships are.

WE WANT YOU to be part of this unique and cutting-edge project. Do you have a key role in a Canadian Humanitarian Agency? Or in a Canadian Corporation? Do you have something to say and want to be heard on this topic? We invite you to share your thoughts with us or join the online conversation starting with these infographics created in light of this report.

This project is possible thanks to:

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