Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF)

The BHF has initiated and carried out several economic and social development projects in post-conflict areas and helped create partnerships between businesses, humanitarian agencies and local governments. The BHF does this by arranging for direct private sector involvement and investment in areas where it is needed, and by providing training and facilitating dialogue between organizations and private companies. The BHF has also sponsored contact groups, workshops and conferences to heighten awareness of the important role that business can play in alleviating humanitarian problems.

The Business-Humanitarian Forum (BHF), established in 1999, encourages better understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors, and works with partners to address humanitarian problems and promote sustainable economic development. The BHF does this by arranging for direct private sector involvement and investment in areas where it is needed, and by providing training and facilitating dialogue between organizations and private companies. The BHF builds awareness that business has a strong, long-term economic, political and social interest in supporting the work of the humanitarian community, and that private sector investment is the key element for economic development and overcoming long-term humanitarian problems. Both sectors are essential for the stabilization and social progress of developing and post-conflict societies. The BHF is a non-profit association based in Geneva and was founded with the encouragement of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. For more information on the BHF, visit www.bhforum.org

  • Coordination of International Assistance
  • Economic Foundations for Growth and Development
  • Employment Generation
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Local Governance
  • Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction

Employment Generation

Concrete economic development projects in post-conflict and developing countries
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity and development training
  • Direct project implementation
  • Financial support
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project support services
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
The BHF has carried out different types of workshops and seminars in various countries regarding. / Switzerland, USA, and other
The BHF has provided technical assistance for a number of projects. / Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan
The BHF has supported a number of humanitarian projects
The BHF has carried out different types of workshops and seminars in various countries regarding. / Switzerland, USA, and other
The BHF has carried out different types of workshops and seminars in various countries regarding. / Switzerland, USA, and other
The BHF has provided technical assistance for a number of projects. / Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan

Economic Foundations for Growth and Development

Workshops and other types of events on issues relating to peacebuilding, cross-sector partnerships for economic and humanitarian development, business and human rights, etc. involving public, private, IO and NGO sectors.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity and development training
  • Direct project implementation
  • Financial support
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Policy advice
  • Project support services
  • Research and policy development
  • Technical assistance

Humanitarian Assistance

Involving the private sector in concrete humanitarian projects.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Advocacy
  • Direct project implementation
  • Financial support
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project support services
  • Europe
    • Southern Europe
      • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
    • Western Asia
      • Turkey
      • Iraq
      • Azerbaijan
  • Americas
    • North America
      • United States of America
  • Africa
    • Southern Africa
      • Swaziland
Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF)
Maison Internationale de l'Environnement II
Chemin de Balexert 7-9
Châteleine CH-1219
Other
More than 10 years
Between 250.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
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Maison Internationale de l'Environnement II
Chemin de Balexert 7-9
Châteleine CH-1219
Headquarters

Works with partners to address humanitarian problems and promote sustainable economic development. The BHF does this by arranging for direct private sector involvement and investment in areas where it is needed, and by providing training and facilitating dialogue between organizations and private companies.

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H.E.
John J. Maresca
President of the BHF Association Council
Roberto Dotta
Deputy Director
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about 15

Network

Without name

Type: 
Formal, Informal
Type: 
Governments
Main purpose: 
Project Implementation
Geographical scope: 
Geneva