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One place is tropical, the other arid. One is torn by nature, the other by war. One has about 2 million people living on 25,000 low-lying islands, the other has seen about 2 million children among those forced to flee its predominantly landlocked borders.
The South Pacific and Syria are separated by 16,000 kilometers and a long list of physical and social contrasts. But, they have at least one thing in common—humanitarian needs that require innovative solutions. In the South Pacific, more frequent and intense cyclones are the culprit, disrupting livelihoods and upsetting a fragile infrastructure. In Syria, armed conflict is driving families from their homes to other parts of the nation and to neighboring countries in search of safe haven.
Deloitte professionals are providing support in both crisis situations. Deloitte New Zealand is working with Oxfam New Zealand (Oxfam NZ) to co-create innovative solutions to deliver post-cyclone relief to multiple countries in the Pacific region while Deloitte Middle East is supporting Syrian refugee response.
The connection with Oxfam NZ was made through the Deloitte Humanitarian Innovation Program. “This program paired Deloitte New Zealand member firm professionals with humanitarian organizations, enabling the Deloitte network to have a role in co-creating and scaling innovative solutions to the sector’s most pressing challenges,” says David Pearson, Deloitte’s Global Chief Sustainability Officer.