|Private Sector||Global||Change People's Lives: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need||4C - Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides||1. Consultative Dialogue at the Strategic, Tactical and Grassroots Levels: through in-depth discussions with a wide range of stakeholders culminated in the establishment of the SME4H Steering Committee, which comprises a balanced mix of 20 members from small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), NGO, IGO and large corporate communities as well as convening its first session on February 1, 2017.
2. Platform Development: the platform process flows were proposed by SME4H and approved by the Steering Committee. Furthermore, coordination has started with a range of web, AI and data analytics experts and developers to deep dive into the platform web and mobile functionality and capability. SME4H now is working to refine this functionality and receive concrete proposals from technology partners before moving ahead with the creation of the platform to be deployed in a select pilot region.||1. Little investment in readiness at the sector level
2. Poor infrastructure and limited validation systems in most target communities
3. Reactive-based delays in post crisis situational assessment methodologies
4. Fragmented needs assessment and aid procurement systems
5. Rigid buyer requirements, poor connectivity, lack of transparency and language barriers
6. Growing gap between buyers' requirements and local SMEs capacities, which causes local communities exclusion and cripples effective response cost and time
7. Poor utilization of technology to connect need-driven demand with impact-driven supply of aid goods, services and volunteers.
||1. Continue consultative dialogue by expanding the SME4H Steering Committee membership and holding quarterly meetings
2. Select platform developer as well as AI, Big Data, technology and SMS gateway partners
3. Finalize the platform design
4. Select pilot country and respective strategic partners
5. Conduct scoping mission and engage with aid agencies and SMEs in the pilot region
6. Integrate input from the field into the design of the pilot project
7. Test platform beta version||The daunting and growing humanitarian needs must be addressed at the sector level with transformational urgency by all agencies to simplify and unify their requirements enabling local communities to engage in humanitarian efforts thus unlocking their capacities for better response and more resilient and prosperous markets.||Disaster Risk Reduction, Innovation, People-centred approach, Private sector||Centre for Humanitarian Data, The Connecting Business Initiative, The Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation |