El Salvador Explores More Effective Engagement of the Private Sector in Development Co-operation

On 18 October, more than 70 participants from national and sub-national government, development partners, the private sector, foundations, civil society and the national parliament met in San Salvador to discuss the findings and policy recommendations of the Global Partnership’s draft case study on effectively engaging the private sector through development co-operation in El Salvador. Apart from these domestic stakeholders, a small number of government representatives from neighbouring countries also attended the workshop to share their national experiences on effective engagement of the private sector.

The El Salvador case study, one of four currently being finalized by the GPEDC in partnership with national governments (in addition to), offers new insights on how development partners support private sector engagement at country level in practical terms, and discusses key concerns and effectiveness challenges that different stakeholders experience. In addition to discussing the study’s key findings, the workshop also considered how its recommendations could be refined and implemented.

HE Mr Carlos Castaneda stated that El Salvador has taken ‘leadership in terms of effectiveness and has launched a series of strategic actions to advance the achievement of the effectiveness principles’.

HE Mr Bernd Finke, the German Ambassador to El Salvador, emphasized the need to strive for a ‘triple-win situation’ in which private sector engagement serves the state’s development policy, the private sector itself, and above all, the people whose living conditions need to be improved. He further stated that this requires ‘an honest and transparent dialogue – both about the challenges and possibilities and about the expectations and responsibilities of all parties’.

Among the study’s key findings was the need to strengthen an effective and inclusive multi-stakeholder public-private dialogue across all sectors at the national level, increase attention for effective private sector engagement at the sub-regional level in the communities, and further engage micro, small and medium-sized companies that make up the large majority of the private sector in the country.

Findings from the study and workshop will feed into the Global Partnership’s workstream on private sector engagement and the ongoing inclusive consultations around the development of principles and guidelines for effective engagement of the private sector in development co-operation.

El Salvador has worked closely with the Global Partnership on several key initiatives. The country is one of nine where the implementation of effectiveness is being piloted at the country level. El Salvador has also actively monitored its progress on implementing the effectiveness principles by participating in the GPEDC’s 2016 as well as the current 2018 monitoring round. El Salvador is also an active member of the GPEDC’s key governing body – the Steering Committee, which meets next in late November 2018.

Click here to read the official press release by the Government of El Salvador and here for more information (in Spanish) on the GPEDC’s work on effective private sector engagement through development co-operation.

A summary of the event can be found online (English and Spanish).

The Business Leaders Caucus: GPEDC Launches Initiative to Enhance Private Sector Engagement

On 20 September, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) formally launched  its Business Leaders Caucus (BLC). The BLC is a senior-level advisory group that will provide strategic advice and policy guidance to the GPEDC on how the development co-operation community can more effectively work with the private sector for better country-level results.

The private sector – a vital driver of growth in its own right – increasingly perceives sustainability as a long-term business opportunity and engages more and more in a new generation of partnerships for sustainable development. With the SDGs requiring support from governments, civil society and private sector alike, multinational corporations, domestic firms, cooperatives, micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises are all in the spotlight to help deliver both development results and business profit.

During its first meeting on 20 September, the BLC discussed three key issue areas emerging from country-level analytical work conducted by the GPEDC:

  • unleashing the comparative advantages of development co-operation,
  • making private sector engagement (PSE) work in country-level programmes, and
  • achieving sustainable results, impact and accountability in PSE projects.

The group also examined how existing business practices, such as impact investments, cooperatives and other purpose-driven businesses, already focus on delivering development results while generating financial profits.

Going forward, the BLC will help the GPEDC and its constituencies fine-tune these issue areas and shape inclusive policy guidelines for effective private sector engagement through development co-operation. The group will meet again in October in the margins of the G20 Compact with Africa, which will take place in Berlin, Germany.

The BLC is composed of 12 high-caliber business leaders from multi-national companies, large domestic firms and micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from various regions and fields including in technology, energy and the financial sector. BLC members were nominated by members of the GPEDC’s multi-stakeholder Steering Committee, with a view to achieving balance across regions, gender and business typology.

In addition to the members below, the BLC includes two additional associated members, Ms Paola Simonetti of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Mr Andrew Wilson from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), who represent trade unions and the private sector respectively on the GPEDC’s Steering Committee.

Members of the BLC include:

Ms Jasandra Nyker (BioTherm Energy)
Ms Carole Kariuki (Kenya Private Sector Alliance)

Ms Bing Sibal-Limjoco (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Francorp Philippines)
HE Mr Saber Chowdhury (Member of Parliament, Bangladesh)
Ms Helen Hai (Made in Africa Initiative)

Mr Thomas Duveau (Mobisol GmbH)
Mr Iñígo Albizuri (Mondragon Corporation)
Ms Christiane Laibach (KFW DEG, Germany)

North America:
Ms Janet Longmore (Digital Opportunity Trust)
Mr John Simon (Total Impact Capital)

Stakeholders Embrace Country-Level Frameworks & Resilient Partnerships: 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum

Today, in the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the governments of Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea co-hosted a Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation side event on Enhancing the global partnership for sustainable development: Country-level frameworks for resilient, multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Attended by over 100 participants, the event brought together stakeholders from various circles including government, civil society, the private sector, academia and UN agencies to discuss good practices and progress on institutionalising multi-stakeholder frameworks at the country level to increase the effectiveness of co-operation and support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In today’s evolving international landscape, development challenges are increasingly complex, persistent and interlinked. As such, achieving sustainable development for everyone, everywhere, calls for strong, equal partnerships between all stakeholders. Participation of civil society organisations, the private sector and other local development partners in all phases of development policy-making, planning and implementation helps ensure that resources are used effectively, capitalising on the comparative advantage of every stakeholder group and sharing resources, technology and knowledge.

However, the state of play from the last round of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) shows that many countries face challenges in consolidating effective multi-stakeholder engagement, particularly facilitating meaningful stakeholder participation and maintaining collaborative relationships. The GPEDC’s monitoring framework, which measures country-level progress in this domain, also underscores similar challenges.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, emphasized that one of GPEDC’s unique features is its multi-stakeholder platform, calling the national-level monitoring framework “a demonstration of how stakeholders and partners engage in development co-operation in the era of SDGs by measuring their development impact at the national level.” Bangladesh’s Minister of Finance, H.E. Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, also recognised that to leave no one behind and meet global promises by 2030, we need to effectively engage all relevant stakeholders in development policy- making, planning and implementation, much like Bangladesh’s own local consultative processes and spaces for open dialogue and coordinated policies.

The side event generated evidence-based dialogue, with a wide array of panelists presenting including Ministers from the Dominican Republic and Egypt, representatives from the government of Honduras, civil society (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness), private sector (Center for International Private Enterprise), and multi-lateral institutions (World Bank). The discussions led an honest debate around how country-level, multi-stakeholder partnerships can help implement the SDGs and how they might be reflected in VNRs.

Joining 46 other countries who have reported to this year’s VNR process and having also participated in the GPEDC’s 2016 monitoring round, Egypt spoke to the importance of aligning development partners’ programmes with country frameworks and national priorities. Dominican Republic also appreciated the GPEDC’s monitoring process in that it allows for countries and development partners to thoroughly assess their yearly progress in effective development co-operation. Honduras also announced its ongoing plans to participate in the GPEDC’s 2018 monitoring round.

During the event, practitioners from civil society, banks and private sector embraced multi-actor partnerships. Ms. Jaehyang So, a representative from the World Bank, stressed that sharing country best practices, like GPEDC aims to do with the Global Compendium and Knowledge-Sharing Platform, is important in identifying opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, Dr. Kim Bettcher, representing the private sector, mentioned that more progress can be made with promising initiatives, such as the GPEDC’s business leader caucus, and potential SDG funding opportunities amounting to around US $12 trillion.

In a recent blog, H.E. Ms. Hyunjoo Oh, Director-General of International Co-operation of the Republic of South Korea, supported such events, calling them ‘inclusive, unique and evidence-based’ as they explore context-specific opportunities for successful development partnerships – the key to achieving the global goals for everyone, everywhere.

For more information on the event, click here.

To read a summary of the event, click here.