Event Summary and Audio: Business, the MDGs and Beyond, May 2013, Cape Town
On 8 May 2013, Business Fights Poverty and the Overseas Development Institute convened an event in Cape Town to explore the role of the private sector in shaping and delivering the post-2015 development agenda. As the world starts to explore what framework might replace the MDGs, it is important to integrate the views of those investing and doing business in Africa, and to understand how best to harness business as an engine for economic development.
Business Action for Africa, the International Business Leaders Forum and the UN Business Call to Action were supporting partners. The event saw the launch of a research report by ODI.
The moderator was Tashmia Ismail, Faculty and BOP Hub Manager, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.
This paper provides a contribution to the discussion on how the private sector can best be involved in any global development framework that follows the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), post-2015.
While there have been conversations on this issue, they tend to be fairly broad and general. So far, there have been very few specific suggestions (of which we are aware at the time of writing) on how private sector actors can actually contribute to the post-2015 agenda, or how the design and delivery mechanisms of future goals could help shape private sector behaviours, where relevant. This paper aims to help fill this gap.
While it is up to governments in the United Nations General Assembly to lead the process and design of a new framework, there is a role for the private sector in the post-2015 agenda. Drawing on a number of recent discussions in this area we have identified three key areas for private sector engagement with the new goals.
But beyond these broad suggestions, there have been few attempts to work out what any of this means, specifically, in the context of the new goals. This is precisely the aim of this paper. We look at each of these options in more detail, discuss their rationale, the actors they target (e.g. SMEs, large corporations, MNCs, governments), the state of play in the area and the broad challenges, and conclude by assessing if, and how, the inclusion of the private sector in a post-2015 framework would add value.
This report summary was originally posted on ODI’s website.