Why is collaborative economy efficient to reach humanitarians goals

about4First of all, collaborative approaches are based on relationships. Thus, they are reinforcing populations resilience. They are also based on local initiatives to fulfill unmatched need and enable disruptive answers. Furthermore, they do not necessarily need huge financing, since they are based on recycling of funds (inside communities), in opposition with traditional assistance approaches. They even allow revenue generation, although they do not guarantee fair share of revenues. Thus, collaborative approaches are sustainable, opened toward change of practices, in a very different way of emergency responses. Finally, they do not stigmatise affected populations, since they are directly part of the process, as contributor (see for example http://singa.fr).

NB: This section is inspired by Flore Berlingen paper in revue Humanitaire n°41, pp. 46 à 50, Défense et illustration de l’économie collaborative

Author: Olivier Lebel

Olivier Lebel's main interest is about collaborative approaches and humanitarian. OL is a specialist of non profit organisations, having spent 15 years serving them, for the French Red Cross (as deputy ED and ED), for the Catholic Church (as USG for the French Bishops Conference), and for Doctors of the World (as ED). He has also spent 15 years as manager in various private corporations, in building and security, water supply, or medical imaging. Olivier Lebel holds an MBA from INSEAD, and is engineer of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Télécommunications.

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