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The Standby Partnership Network

About Our

The Standby Partnership (SBP) is a network of bilateral agreements between organisations and United Nations (UN) agencies. The partnership commenced in 1991 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq where it was necessary for the United Nations (UN) to rapidly increase its human resources at short notice.


Today it comprises a range of partners which provide support to UN agencies responding to humanitarian emergencies throughout the world via the secondment of gratis personnel. Each Standby Partner maintains its own roster of humanitarian experts who are called upon to fill staffing needs and gaps in UN operations.

In 2021, partners supported over 800 requests for technical expertise and provided 570 deployees in 82 countries.

Due to technical difficulties the dashboard below is not yet updated with final data for 2021 and 2022. This will be updated shortly.


Hear the stories from members of the Standby Partnership Network 

Is your organization interested in joining the SBP Network?

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