Bilal, Byiers, Große-Puppendahl, Krätke, Nubong, & Rosengren: De-coding Public-Private Partnerships for Development

From the Executive Summary:

This background study aims to stimulate discussion on partnerships between public and private actors for achieving and financing sustainable development post-2015. It was prepared to feed into the UN Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) Outreach Event on Co-creating New Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development, in Helsinki, Finland, on 3-4 April 2014.

While Official Development Assistance (ODA) remains relevant and important – for least developed countries (LDCs) and countries in special situations in particular – ODA and other official flows (OOF) represent a declining share of financial flows to developing countries.

Allied with a growing recognition of the potential benefits of working with the private sector to achieve development objectives, aid is increasingly seen as a means to promote partnerships to promote employment, technological advances and other sustainable development outcomes.

Experience from a range of different partnership mechanisms highlights numerous challenges and opportunities for development actors that can inform the post-2015 agenda. This paper seeks to identify these key issues to stimulate discussions on the challenges and opportunities for public and private partnerships to finance and achieve sustainable development post-2015.


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