As the private and humanitarian sectors work more closely together in responding to urban emergencies, overcoming the challenges of defining partnerships and agreements becomes increasingly important. Whilst such definition takes time, experience and a collaborative working approach, the risks of not investing in these can be high.
This conference encouraged a wide discussion to address common challenges, learn from successful initiatives and strengthen networks: all with a view to moving closer to establishing best practice in this increasingly important field of humanitarian work.
We were fortunate to have speakers from both sectors share their experiences: Tim Forster, Regional WASH Advisor for Oxfam; Darren Gill, Senior Consultant for Arup International; John Heelham, WASH Engineering Advisor for Concern Worldwide; Harriette Purchas an independent WASH and Urban Humanitarian Consultant and Angela Khudonazarova, Associate Engineer and Bid Manager for WSP.
Watch below to hear their key takeaways from the conference.