Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development

Connecting Business initiative (CBi)

Connecting Business initiative (CBi) engages the private sector strategically before, during and after emergencies, increasing the scale and effectiveness of the response in a coordinated manner. While governments maintain the overall responsibility for responding to humanitarian emergencies, local communities and private sector networks also play crucial roles in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Connecting Business initiative strengthens and supports those private sector networks. 

The initiative is designed to advance sustainable, people-centered development, reduce disaster risks and alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies. CBI was launched in the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 and is a collaboration between UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and other strategic partners.