The Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) together with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) recently conducted a webinar within its regional network highlighting the theme of “Human Rights in Complex Situations.” A-PAD Sri Lanka, CBi’s local representative was invited to share best practices and lessons with partnering networks. Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director of A-PAD SL spoke focusing on the conflict period of Sri Lanka where response and relief missions met with obstacles of different capacities.
A few salient topics being shared were:
- Right to shelter and the implications caused to private sector contributors in assistance
- Access to communication and risks involved for telecommunication providers in ensuring client services without interruption
- Ensuring food security and easing logistics
- Going beyond traditional ways of market supply