Evaluations & technical assistance

Evaluation Card:
Study on Private Financing of Humanitarian Action 1995-2005
Name of client:
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Origin of funding:
Dates (start/end):
Oct. 2006 – Jun. 2007
Name of consortium members (if any):

Description of project

The purpose of this project was to undertake a study of the trends concerning the commercial sector engagement within humanitarian action, a study compiled by DARA and commissioned by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).  The assignment explored the impact on overall humanitarian financing of increased direct and indirect support by for-profit organisations and private individuals for humanitarian action, and its implications for ‘traditional’ humanitarian agencies’ operations (NGO, intergovernmental and UN).

Research and evaluation; identifying the following key elements within the project:

          • The range of approaches adopted by the for-profit sector such as public-private partnerships, corporate social responsibility initiatives and the establishment of foundations.
          • Various trends in the privatization of social service delivery in crisis prone countries, investigating global policy trends towards private delivery of basic social services, and the implications this has for humanitarian operations in crisis prone countries.
          • Provided a detailed analysis of the extent to which humanitarian NGOs and UN agencies rely on private sector finance for responses to either natural disasters or complex emergencies, including trends in the use of these funds over time.
          • Assessed the financing of humanitarian action from the private sector (including [and distinguishing between] both in kind and cash support) analysed the impact of in terms of overall volume of humanitarian funds.
          • Investigation of the degree to which trends in public versus private financing of humanitarian action have impacted on traditional humanitarian actors approach to reporting and donor relations.

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