Policy Compendium Note on the Private Sector and Humanitarian Relief


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In recent years, large-scale emergencies such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquakes in Pakistan (2005) and Haiti (2010) have led many individuals and groups without prior humanitarian experience to become involved in relief work, including many private sector actors. Oxfam supports informed private sector involvement in humanitarian assistance where it contributes positively to the efforts of the humanitarian community, i.e. where it provides aid that helps to save lives, alleviate suffering, and promote human dignity, as well as the engagement of new actors in post-emergency recovery and reconstruction activities.


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