ABOUT THE SBP
Renata Sivarolundhu with a FAO beneficiary in Myanmar. Photo credit: FAO/Kyun Gyi
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. The collaboration between UN agencies and partners is an integral component to any rapid response mechanism.
The purpose of the SBP Network is to foster good practices and new solutions to improve humanitarian preparedness and response, both capacity and capability, as well as the care of deployed personnel. This is achieved through actively engaging the knowledge, skills, experience and collective voice of the network.
There are presently fourteen UN agencies within this mechanism, however, some partners may also have agreements with specific missions. As of today, there are more than 45 partners operating within the Standby Partnership mechanism. Those partners are either governmental, non-governmental or private sector organisations.
Participant UN agencies include: FAO, IOM, OCHA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS, UNRWA, UNWOMEN, WHO and WFP.
You can read the following UN Agencies reports on their standby deployments: