Multi-actor partnerships and private-sector engagement in development cooperation: incentivising and regulating strategies

Wehrmann, Dorothea
Mitarbeiter sonstige (2018)

(Non-Paper) Bonn: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The inclusion of actors from the private-sector is a central challenge for multi-actor partnerships and multi-stakeholder platforms that aim at enhancing their engagement in development cooperation to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The heterogeneity of approaches that shape development cooperation and rather abstract, longterm agendas (such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) make it difficult to incentivise the engagement of private-sector actors. Despite their variety, actors related to the “private-sector” typically prefer concrete and short-term activities with predictable outcomes. Moreover, the effectiveness of past development initiatives with actors from the private-sector has often proven to be limited.

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