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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 affect lives—and often imperil them—for months or even years. COVID-19 has made that all too clear. Emergency preparedness is crucial; so, too, are smart strategies for immediate disaster relief and longer-term recovery. That’s a tall order, especially when resources are limited, logistics are difficult, and the urgency is high.

A humanitarian response should be innovative, agile, and adaptive. This means applying data analytics and emerging technologies in tackling an emergency, whether it’s a flood, an earthquake, a pandemic, or a refugee crisis. And it means partnering across sectors, often in unique and novel ways. For while a humanitarian crisis may seem all too familiar, the most effective response will likely look all new.

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.

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:

1. Immediate Response

2. Recovery

3. Emergency Preparedness

Our Humanitarian Response Consulting Work

In our work across industries, we’ve seen the power of innovation in spurring success. Humanitarian response and emergency preparedness are no different. Here are some of the ways we’re exploring creative—and better—humanitarian relief solutions:

A New Approach to Humanitarian Investing

Humanitarian and resilience investments (HRIs) continue to increase, however, scaling them to impact is complex and requires cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and support. BCG partnered with WEF to uncover the current challenges hampering HRI market expansion and offer strategies to overcome them.

Empowering Parents With a Stunting-Free Village Model in Rwanda

Stunting—impaired development due to poor nutrition and other factors—is a complex and life-long problem. Applying Smart Simplicity, WFP, BCG, and partners developed a collaborative, feedback-based model to prevent it.


Meet 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.

Explore Our Insights on Humanitarian Response

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Supporting Ukraine: A Study on Potential Recovery Strategies for Ukraine

Recovery efforts in Ukraine hinge on the country's capacity to absorb technical and financial support. BCG and The European Investment Bank recommend key frameworks and principals for maximizing the economic and social impact of these efforts, as well as strategies for prioritizing funding and support.


A Sustainable Economic Recovery for Ukraine

The reconstruction of Ukraine will be a massive undertaking—and a unique opportunity to build an economy that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. WWF and BCG in this report chart a path toward Ukraine’s postwar future.

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