SEMINAR: An introduction to cross-sector collaboration and public-private partnerships

Jodie Thorpe, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Leandro “Leo” Pongeluppe Ph.D. Candidate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Jodie Thorpe is a Research Fellow in the Business and Development Centre at the Institute of Development Studies, with over 15 years’ experience in research and advisory work. Prior to joining IDS, Jodie was a Private Sector Adviser at Oxfam GB and Director at SustainAbility.


It is not humanly possible to know exactly how the whole system is going to work and react to the changes you are trying to bring about [through a partnership]. You need to be attuned to the short-term changes that you are trying to achieve towards the long-term goal and be willing to change your theory based on what you learn as you go along, explains Jodie.


Leandro “Leo” Pongeluppe is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Strategic Management Department at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Leo co-founded and worked as a PMO at Insper Metricis. 


It is not enough anymore to just establish a collaboration. There is demand from both the public and the stakeholders involved to build a theory of change, evaluate indicators, and monitor these indicators against counterfactuals, argues Leo.




The aim of this session is to help business professionals understand the meanings of cross-sector collaboration and public-private partnership; learn why these topics matter for business, governments and civil society; and discover practical examples and the latest developments around partnerships, the benefits they can offer and how to evaluate them. 




  • What we should understand by cross-sector collaboration and public-private partnerships
  • Why these topics are important and what are the business cases for them
  • What is the latest thinking on cross-sector collaboration and public-private partnerships 




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