8 November, 2018

A Global Partnership Survey on Emerging Issues: Private Sector Engagement through Development Co-operation

By Global Partnership

Please note that the deadline to participate in this survey has ended. Almost 100 civil society organisations, parliaments, trade unions, and government representatives around the world participated in the Global Partnership’s online survey on private sector engagement through development co-operation. Stakeholders identified priority issues, ranging from targeting private sector partnerships to those left furthest behind and greater focus on their results and impact. The findings inform the Specialised Policy Dialogue on 16-17 January in Paris.

The diverse private sector is a development actor in its own right – creating jobs, providing services and harnessing innovative solutions with an impact on the overall well-being of our populations. The scope and ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs have called for the private sector to apply this potential even more towards solving today’s most pressing development challenges. The ambition is to create shared value – development impact alongside profits for businesses.

In this context, development partners are deploying a growing amount of international public resources to the private sector through an increasingly diverse set of tools, de-risking mechanisms and financing instruments. Harnessing and scaling the opportunities presented by private sector engagement (PSE) through development co-operation can help to fast-track attainment of the SDGs. This, however, requires ensuring the effective use of public resources and addressing underlying challenges and concerns that have been raised by different stakeholders.

Through this survey, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) – a multi-stakeholder platform committed to improving the effectiveness of all types of development co-operation – aims to get feedback from governments, civil society, trade unions, the private sector, academia and others to better understand the opportunities, challenges, concerns and expectations by different stakeholders related to private sector engagement through development co-operation, as well as to collect good and bad practice examples.

Based on evidence from over 900 PSE projects in four case study countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, and Uganda), three issue areas have emerged as nodal points and enablers to enhance the effectiveness of private sector projects, mobilised through development co-operation, at the country level.

For more information on the three mutually reinforcing issue areas, and the underlying research, we invite you to look at the issues paper ‘Effective Private Sector Engagement through Development Co-operation’.

We want to hear from you: Which issues do you attach the greatest importance to? What actions do you expect from others to enhance the effectiveness of PSE through development co-operation? Are there any issues missing? Do you know of any good or bad practice examples that should be showcased to help build trust and ensure mutual learning?

The results of the survey will illustrate what priorities and expectations different actors have for enhancing the effective use of public resources for private sector engagement to reach the SDGs. It will help to shape principles and guidelines for effective PSE through development co-operation, to be presented at the 2019 GPEDC Senior-Level Meeting.

Beyond this survey, you are invited to continue to participate in this debate. Please indicate your interest in participating in the Specialised Policy Dialogue on PSE on 16-17 January 2019 in Paris here. Further consultation on emerging principles and guidelines will be conducted over the Spring. Your contribution will be important for shaping even better public-private solutions to the sustainable development challenges, rooted in shared value, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability.

Translations of the survey were completed by online UN volunteers: Ms Melisa Diaz and Ms Murielle Mobengo.

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