The Partnering Initiative, Business Action for Africa and Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative have released a major new report, ‘A New Global Partnership with Business’ which draws on insights from a wide range of business partnership case studies across Sub-Saharan Africa to set out recommendations on how best to unlock the full potential of business for a new era of development progress.
“As the Post-2015 agenda enters the inter-governmental process, the key question we set out to answer in the report is how best to harness business-led development partnerships in the delivery of a new development vision and framework. Drawing from a variety of Africa-focused partnership case studies led by companies that our organisations work with, the report aims to highlight the structures and processes that drive effective cross-sector collaboration, which should be further promoted and solidified as part of a Post-2015 framework. We hope the report will provide businesses, governments and development partners with knowledge and insights not only to inform policy deliberations but also, vitally, to drive the action necessary to unleash the power of business as a partner in development.”
The report was successfully launched in New York at a side event of the UN General Assembly and also in London in September with speakers including Alistair Fernie, Head, Private Sector Department, Department for International Development and Anne McCormick, Corporate Relations Director, Diageo Africa. The panel of business, government and development representatives discussed how to address the challenges of translating global development goals in to effective and sustained local action, how to enable transformational partnerships with business to enter the development mainstream, and how to establish effective accountability and governance mechanisms to underpin the Post- 2015 development framework.