The initial findings of TPI’s roadmap report, Unleashing the power of business: A practical Roadmap to systematically engage business as a partner in development, were published last year and launched by UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening. The final report, which sets out a systematic, integrated and – most importantly – actionable approach to scaling up development partnerships with business at the country level, is now published and available to download.
The Roadmap identifies three key milestones, for both business actors and development actors, towards achieving the vision of business fully integrated and engaged as a partner in development. To navigate the journey, the report outlines five essential areas of action, from building trust and understanding across sectors to building institutional capacity for partnering, through inclusive planning of development priorities, creating in-country platforms for partnership, and maintaining partnership effectiveness through monitoring and evaluation.
It also draws attention to the need for a support system (including funding and intermediary organisations, partnership brokers, capacity building organisations and M&E) to catalyse the five areas of action, achieve the necessary scale, and mainstream the approach.
Taken together and tailored to a particular country’s context, these actions have the potential to create a sea-change to achieve the goal of partnerships between governments, business and civil society delivering their full potential in the global fight against poverty through sustainable development.