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Deloitte Launches Humanitarian Innovation Program To Enhance Crisis Preparedness And Emergency Response Worldwide

NEW YORK, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to help to strengthen the humanitarian sector, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) and its member firm network today announced the launch of the Humanitarian Innovation Program, which will deliver two global pro bono projects for humanitarian organizations. The program underscores Deloitte's broader belief that the success of business and society are linked. It marks a new approach to supporting humanitarian crises by collaborating with humanitarian organizations to co-create innovative solutions to help improve the sector's preparedness and responsiveness to crises. DTTL's global member firm network will participate in this collaborative effort working to deliver Deloitte's globally coordinated approach to supporting crises around the world.

The program launches at a time when humanitarian organizations are increasingly responding to a variety of disasters, requiring an immediate response with limited resources.  According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), only 3 percent of all global Official Development Assistance goes to disaster preparedness,[1] yet each dollar invested in preparedness, saves seven dollars in recovery. Deloitte's Program aims to deliver solutions to humanitarian agencies to help them during the preparation and readiness phases, which could ultimately help to strengthen the response of the local and international community, sustain livelihoods, and save more lives.

"At Deloitte we believe that business exists for more than just profit and has the power to positively impact society," said Barry Salzberg, Global CEO, DTTL. "The Humanitarian Innovation Program is a way for Deloitte to deliver the greatest impact to the sector, not by simply focusing on a single crisis or donating money, but by leveraging the skills and knowledge of our people and our network.  The program will convene different subject matter experts, facilitate the co-creation of new approaches to humanitarian crises, and find the most effective way to deliver better results for the long term."

The program was developed after broad consultations with leading humanitarian organizations, which identified the need for innovation and collaboration with the private sector.

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