Development Co-operation Report 2016

The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities

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The face of development has changed, with diverse stakeholders involved – and implicated – in what are more and more seen as global and interlinked concerns. At the same time, there is an urgent need to mobilise unprecedented resources to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The private sector can be a powerful promotor of sustainable development. Companies provide jobs, infrastructure, innovation and social services, among others. Increasingly, investments in developing countries – even in the least developed countries – are seen as business opportunities, despite the risks involved. The public sector can leverage the private sector contribution, helping to manage risk and providing insights into effective policy and practice. Yet in order to set the right incentives, a better understanding is needed of the enabling factors, as well as the constraints, for businesses and investors interested in addressing sustainable development challenges.

The Development Co-operation Report 2016 explores the potential and challenges of investing in developing countries, in particular through social impact investment, blended finance and foreign direct investment. The report provides guidance on responsible business conduct and outlines the challenges in mobilising and measuring private finance to achieve the SDGs.  Throughout the report, practical examples illustrate how business is already promoting sustainable development and inclusive growth in developing countries. Part II of the report showcases the profiles and performance of development co-operation providers, and presents DAC statistics on official and private resource flows.  


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Notes méthodologiques sur les profils des membres du Comité d'aide au développement

Observation générale : Sauf indication contraire, et à l’exception des données sur l’allocation sectorielle de l’aide publique au développement (APD) et sur l’APD à l’appui de l’égalité hommes-femmes et des objectifs environnementaux (dont les chiffres renvoient à des engagements), tous les chiffres figurant dans les profils se réfèrent aux versements bilatéraux bruts. L’expression  moyenne des pays du CAD  renvoie à des moyennes pondérées des pays du Comité d’aide au développement (CAD) correspondant à l’allocation concernée. Les montants alloués par les institutions de l’Union européenne sont exclues de ce calcul.

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