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Development Co-operation Report 2015

Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action

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With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the question of how to finance, implement and monitor these goals moves to the centre of the debate. Today, international development co-operation takes place in an increasingly complex environment, with an ever growing number of actors, policies and instruments involved. This complexity raises the stakes for achieving the goals, but also opens up new opportunities. Although governments will remain the key actors in the implementation of the new post-2015 goals, the role of non-state actors such as civil society, foundations and business is growing. Their association through effective partnerships will be key to the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

The Development Co-operation Report 2015 explores the potential of networks and partnerships to create incentives for responsible action, as well as innovative, fit-for-purpose ways of co-ordinating the activities of diverse stakeholders. The report – Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action – looks at a number of existing partnerships working in diverse sectors, countries and regions to draw lessons and provide practical guidance, proposing ten success factors for post-2015 partnerships. A number of leading policy makers and politicians share their insights and views.

 

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Private sector partnerships for sustainable development

The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals will require contributions from all countries and all actors: public and private. Progress will need to be made in three key areas: fragile states, inclusive and sustainable growth in middle-income countries, and domestic policies in developed countries that affect poverty reduction and sustainable production and consumption. Many of these areas imply a strong role for the private sector, through job creation, technology development and investment. However, partnerships with the private sector come with some caveats that need to be addressed. This chapter explores the role of the private sector in delivering the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, focusing on what business can do (and what it cannot do) and the role governments need to play to avoid risks and maximise potential.

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