Humanitarian Aid Markets

Natural disasters, conflicts and emergencies occur around the world every year and demand swift, efficient responses in order to save human lives and livelihoods.

Since the Second World War, the United Nations and other aid agencies have developed an array of institutions designed to help people in sudden and desperate need. All these organizations need goods and services that can be supplied by the private sector, from blankets to medicines to helicopters.

In general, a "flash appeal" is released soon after a major natural disaster or complex emergency which provides an overview of the activities of organizations in the affected region.