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Humanitarian Response

From natural disasters to pandemics, a humanitarian crisis requires quick action—and a longer-term plan. BCG’s humanitarian response consultants collaborate across the private, public, and social sectors to drive new and innovative approaches.

A humanitarian crisis may spark suddenly, but it’s likely to impact—and even imperil—the lives of those affected for months, if not years. A humanitarian response should therefore be innovative, agile, and adaptive. Along with deep expertise and experience, BCG leverages data analytics and emerging technologies to ensure the most effective response is deployed.

Our Approach to Humanitarian Response

Humanitarian response is about deploying resources in the most effective manner. We draw on a unique breadth of expertise, methodologies, and relationships to develop and carry out the optimal humanitarian relief strategy.

  • Partnerships. Our humanitarian response consulting team regularly collaborates with NGOs, UN agencies, governments, and the private sector to unearth transformative solutions to humanitarian crises.
  • Experts. Our global reach and cross-industry experience let us deploy the right people for the situation, so we can deliver the right humanitarian response—fast.
  • Technology and Data. We use new tools and technologies—including the latest solutions in epidemiology, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics—to transform humanitarian response.

Our Client Impact Work in Humanitarian Response

We have responded to many manmade and natural disasters, marshaling a global network of experts and innovative end-to-end approaches. Our work spans the three key phases of humanitarian response:


Our Insights on Humanitarian Response

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Supporting Ukraine: A Study on Potential Recovery Strategies for Ukraine

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A Sustainable Economic Recovery for Ukraine

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Our Humanitarian Response Consulting Team

Our team of humanitarian response consultants help the social, public, and private sectors with humanitarian relief and emergency preparedness. Here are a few of our experts on the topic.

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