This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.
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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola to the forum.
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Private sector and Agenda 2030 – The devil is in the detail
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires synergetic partnerships between governments, international organisations, the private sector, and civil society. Making such coalitions work, however, is not easy. The role of the private sector as an engine for long-term sustainable development is increasingly recognised. But working with business is still relatively new for many development actors. The European Consensus on Development recognises the need to engage with the private sector, with focus being put on developing practical partnership arrangements that are collaborative, transparent and open for businesses, citizens and other stakeholders and which support sustainable and ethical business practices.
Yet, a persistent challenge, among others is the legacy of the negative social and environmental conduct of some private enterprises. Bureaucracy and corruption, cultural traditions and norms can also often hinder the implementation of development projects. As is often the case when partners are not used to working together, the "devil is in the detail" - and these details need to be identified, acknowledged and resolved.
- What more is required from the private sector to make it a legitimate actor in implementing Agenda 2030?
- What are the practical obstacles facing the public sector, the private sector and civil society as they seek to work together as development actors?
- Are Public Private Partnerships as successful in practice as they look on paper?
Sean Maguire, Executive Director of Influence and Partnerships at Plan International
Paloma Perez de Vega, Head of Division for Project Finance in Africa and the Neighbouring countries, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Wouter Vermeulen, Senior Director of The Coca-Cola Company
Shada Islam, Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe
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Sarah Bentz, Programme Manager
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