The role of the private sector in development effectiveness: Common components for success in future partnerships


Lessons learnt from country-level experiences of successful public–private partnerships

In November 2015 we developed three reports for the 2nd Busan Global Partnership Forum in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

This paper synthesises lessons learnt from country-level experiences on specific practical features of successful public–private partnerships for development. Successful partnerships between the public and private sectors for effective development are diverse, organic and often context specific. There are common components of success that can be identified from experience, and lessons that can be learnt from different contexts, to ensure that future partnerships are designed to achieve positive social and economic outcomes for poor people.

This report reviews recent evidence, focusing on a sample of case study examples from a range of regions and countries, and aims to contribute to broader discussions on the role of the private sector in development. It concludes by identifying some areas where the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) could play a useful role in both: (a) recognising and sharing the significant progress on partnerships already being achieved in some countries and sectors; and (b) guiding and motivating other countries and sectors to improve their performance.

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Access the other two reports here:

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s Contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Progress in delivering the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in states of fragility

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