Coming soon the 6th issue “NGOs and the private sector: threat or opportunity?”

We are pleased to announce the publication of our next issue:

“NGOs and the private sector: threat or opportunity”

Discover below the presentation of the Focus and the summary of the next issue.

Publication dates:
November, 20 – Online
November, 27 – Printed edition


For several years, the humanitarian ecosystem has been undergoing a transition. Alongside  traditional actors, the United Nations and NGOs in particular, the private sector (ie companies and company foundations) made a notable entry into the humanitarian field, either in the form of field actions or funding. More broadly, new practices (direct remittance of cash to populations, assistance delivered via lucrative networks [credit cards, mobile phones, drones, etc.] and, beyond that, managerial logics inspired by the business world [certification, evaluation, human resources management, “professionalisation”]) undoubtedly transform the aid sector.

Some see a risk of confusion when others commend a welcome extension of the actions in support of vulnerable populations, with NGOs now able to count on new partners with skills, technical means and funding that are beginning to cruelly lack.

In any case, this transformation generates many discussions and oppositions, sometimes symptomatic of a clash of cultures between companies and NGOs. And we will certainly not get out of it by falling back, as is too often the case today, on an opposition. Isn’t there a middle way between disparaging and the defence of a territory that belongs to no one?

The time has come for all of us to acknowledge this evolution. The aim of this issue is to present a global report on the situation and set the terms of a dialogue between companies and NGOs: is profit/not-for-profit still a relevant frontier? Should we impose limits on companies? What advocacy speech can NGOs carry? Which authority could be the guardian of a shared ethic? In the end, the question is how this addition of private initiatives (because NGOs are also private structures) can serve the general interest, that of suffering populations.


  • Editorial

Businesses and NGOs: the maturity of the debate – Boris Martin

  • Perspectives

Humanitarian aid in Palestine: reconsidering neutrality through child protection –  Joan Deas & Elise Reslinger

  • Focus : NGOS and the private sector: threat or opportunity? 

Are NGOs the sole purveyors of honourable intentions? – Mathieu Dufour

Reconciliating economics and social concerns: the example of arcenciel in Lebanon – Kristel Guyon

When NGOs and lucrative organisations collaborate: the economic integration of refugees in Ecuador – Lucie Laplace

Partnerships with private operators: the necessary debate among NGOs – Anne-Aël Pohu

  • Transitions

From resilience to localisation, or how slogans are not enough for an in-depth reform of the humanitarian sector – Perrine Laissus-Benoist & Benoît Lallau 

  • Innovations

New challenges in the context of violent urban settings – Oscar Felipe Chavez Aguirre

  • Reportage

Humanitarian Visa d’Or of the ICRC. 2011-2017 : seven years of reflection

  • Culture

Totally Brax
Books: A philosophical investigation and the “Plight of Hospitality” – Lessons from the past to better manage the future


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