A new publication of Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows the growing importance of public-private partnerships in humanitarian action. The report titled Combining Capabilities was presented during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, illustrating a variety of innovative and effective case studies.
It demonstrates that public-private partnerships are essential for addressing humanitarian needs in today’s world. It also sheds light on how such partnerships work in practice, what challenges exist, and what makes them successful in the long run.
“The world does not lack the capabilities to tackle global challenges, but it often lacks the vision to forge alliances to make the best use of our individual strengths. Combining our capabilities enhances the potential to solve many problems,” said Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
“As the number and impact of disasters and complex emergency situations continue to grow, humanitarian organizations cannot go it alone – a concerted international response is needed,” said Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. “Working with partners such as Deutsche Post DHL Group improves the speed, quality and effectiveness of our response to people in need. Together we can build local, national and regional capacity to prepare for disasters and to mitigate risks.”
The collaboration with the United Nations was initiated ten years ago, with the joint objective of improving the management of natural disasters. In collaboration with OCHA, the group deploys Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) to provide on-site logistics support at affected airports in the wake of a natural disaster.
Together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the company also runs the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program, which helps to prepare airports in areas at risk of natural catastrophes.