PROJECT: Private sector engagement in disaster risk management and climate resilience
Project Reference: AAGL-0035
Private sector engagement and innovation in disaster risk management is good for business, government and citizens alike. Making risk-informed decisions and investments helps to limit private sector disaster losses, improves business continuity, reduces uncertainty, and provides new business opportunities. Disaster risk management by the private sector, and public-private partnerships, also has wider socio-economic benefits such as reduced uncertainty in economic forecasts and growth projections, and reduced risks to life and personal property.
The need for private sector investment in and consideration of disaster risk has been emphasized by recent high profile reports such as the UNISDR’s 2013 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: From Shared Risk to Shared Value, the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction.
However, some examples of disaster risk management in the private sector are more successful than others. This project, implemented by Boston-based Meister Consultants Group, sought to understand what success looks like for private sector DRM initiatives and public-private partnerships, and set out recommendations for public and private sector decision makers.
Recent update (2013):
The project team analysed over 100 examples of innovative public-private partnership and private sector initiatives. The resulting report Resilience in Action: Lessons from Public‐Private Collaborations around the World distils lessons learnt from this analysis and showcases nine innovative, successful case studies. Resilience in Action sets out the reasons why businesses invest in disaster risk management and adaptation, the barriers to private sector investment, the players and partnerships involved, and techniques and strategies for success.
A Summary for Policymakers is also available, which centres on the recommendations stemming from the analysis. The set of nine, two-page case studies are included in both documents, and are also available collectively as a standalone document. If you would like the individual case study files for specific case studies, please contact the CDKN project manager, Amy Kirbyshire.
Project Manager: Amy Kirbyshire
CDKN Funding: £56,000