Private Sector Participation in Disaster Recovery and Mitigation

Disaster Recovery Guidance Series
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January 2020

This Guidance Note aims to provide action-oriented guidance to local and national government officials, key decision-makers and other stakeholders on ways to encourage, enable and facilitate successful private sector participation in post-disaster recovery.

Regarding private sector participation in disaster recovery and mitigation, there is a knowledge gap about the existing forms of engagement and how they can be better facilitated. Research in this regard is still in its infancy, given a lack of reliable data. While there are numerous examples of private-sector participation in the form of pro-bono, philanthropic and not-for-profit initiatives following a disaster, not much is known about alternative forms of private sector participation in disaster recovery. This Note takes a first step toward filling that knowledge gap by mapping existing private sector participation in disaster recovery and mitigation. As such, this exercise will help to identify sectoral areas and forms of private sector participation where there is potential for greater private involvement.

The Guidance Note also lays out the case for private sector participation in disaster recovery and mitigation by providing case studies and examples. This Note is divided into four sections:

  • The first section introduces the notion of private sector participation in disaster recovery and mitigation;
  • The second section explains the rationale for private sector involvement;
  • The third section discusses and maps the existing forms of private sector participation in disaster recovery and mitigation; and
  • The fourth section highlights common challenges and provides guidance for governments about the key elements for successful private sector participation in disaster recovery efforts.

Appended to the end of this Guidance Note are more details regarding the examples cited in the tables.