Fewer, Bigger, Better and Simpler - Potential lessons for Public Private Cooperation and Partnerships in MSB’s international engagements


  • Per Nordlund
  • Thomas Ekström

Publish date: 2014-09-15

Report number: FOI-R--3915--SE

Pages: 52

Written in: English


  • Privat Offentlig Samverkan
  • POS
  • Offentlig Privat Samverkan
  • OPS
  • MSB
  • internationella insatser
  • humanitära insatser
  • katastrofbistånd
  • DRR.


The consequences of disasters have increasingly brought the topics of emergency aid and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) onto the international agenda. The needs are immense and will in all likelihood remain so. An important issue for traditional donors and humanitarian assistance actors is how to increase effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the needs. One potentially important alternative for addressing the challenges above is increased Public Private Cooperation (PPC). PPC is becoming increasingly important in humanitarian assistance and development work, and it is being explored by national and international actors. Broadly explained, PPC is about public and private actors engaging in partnerships to find mutual benefits and share risks. This pre-study, conducted by FOI on assignment from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), contains an international outlook on experiences from various PPC-oriented solutions among international and national actors engaged in humanitarian assistance, DRR, civilian conflict management, mine action, and early recovery. The result is intended to inform the future work of MSB in developing its PPC approach, and to guide continued studies in 2014- 2015. The key findings of this study can be summarized under the categories: terminology and definitions, prerequisites for building successful partnerships, the need for supporting organizational structures, the importance of finding the right partners, absorbing knowledge for learning and improvement, raised awareness of issues around branding, the importance of achieving resilience and accountability, and last, but not least, the enforcing of transparency.