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A better world is only achievable if we work together across sectoral boundaries.

None of the Sustainable Development Goals can be considered met unless met for all. Real partnerships are essential to “Leave no one behind”.

The needs of people directly affected by humanitarian crises are also growing while international and local non-profit humanitarian organisations deliver assistance to people and communities unable to help themselves. That such organisations must exist is a reflection of the failure of society to care for itself.

Efforts by international organisations dedicated to helping others, supported by philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility, and government donations, can no longer meet the increasing challenges alone.

The impact on previously isolated or remote societies in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world can easily be felt on the other side of the world and across all aspects of our lives. It is in all our interests to collaborate on change. Preparing for an emergency and mitigating the impact, responding effectively, and sustainably rebuilding are all worthwhile efforts. 

It is in all our interests to collaborate on change.

The private sector is a fundamental component of local communities and has been engaged in humanitarian emergency preparedness, response and recovery for as long as the private sector has existed. Owners of businesses, their employees, clients, families and friends are present before crises occur and as they unfold. They are among the first part of society to react and respond because they are the first to be affected. They have a more holistic approach to the environments in which they operate and depend.

Businesses, whether small or large, operating directly in humanitarian contexts or indirectly through supply chains, are able to use their expertise, resources, channels and influence to address humanitarian needs and make positive contributions to long-term sustainable peace and development.

They can do so independently by working directly with people affected by humanitarian crises, as well as by collaborating with humanitarian organizations locally and internationally.

A4I provides support and encouragement for that collaboration.