Category Archives: NGOs and the private sector: The State as an arbitrator?

The ICRC and partnerships with the private sector: evolution and ethical considerations

Jessica Fleurinor and Caroline Putman Cramer • International Committee of the Red Cross

J. Fleurinor

C. Putman Cramer

Jessica Fleurinor and Caroline Putnam Cramer invite us to an extension of the first part of our Focus theme. The International Committee of the Red Cross effectively did not have before the opportunity of presenting its approach to partnerships with the private sector. This is now the case, within a perspective going from the banker Dunant to the presence of the ICRC within the World Economic Forum (WEF) and comprising the Corporate Support Group especially created within the institution.

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Refugees wedged between corporate malfunctions and the lack of State involvement: the example of a cash programme in Cameroon

Pierre Boris N’nde • Docteur en anthropologie sociale et culturelle (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)

P. N’nde

Cash-transfer programmes are now widespread in humanitarian settings, just as partnerships with companies that promote them. Here is the case of the Gado Badzéré refugee camp in Cameroon. For Pierre Boris N’nde, the unsuccessful initiatives of Mobile Telecommunication Networks breached the “do no harm” principle and resulted in violence that was left for NGOs to manage. The Cameroon State, positioning itself in terms of security, here failed in its role as arbitrator. Read the article

“What’s important, is the mission and that everyone be inspired by common guidelines”

Entretien avec Patrice Paoli • Directeur du Centre de crise et de soutien

P. Paoli

Patrice Paoli is the director of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Crisis Centre. While the French State reaffirms its desire to involve companies and foundations in humanitarian action, it was essential to know more about this approach. For Patrice Paoli, it is based on pragmatism, collective action and the effective synergy of the means of each actor. NGOs now must position themselves according to this roadmap.

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Social Impact Bonds or the pyromaniac State

Joël Le Corre • Médecins du Monde

J. Le Corre

The subject of “social impact bonds” was first raised by Mathieu Dufour in his article, “Are NGOs the sole purveyors of honourable intentions”, published in the previous issue of this review. Here, Joël Le Corre takes a closer look at this mechanism, examining it from the perspective of companies, which are the first to use it, focusing mainly on the State’s role in implementing a policy which, although innovative, is contested by NGOs. Read the article