Bottom Line or Development Priority? The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Development

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are not new in international development, but they are on the rise and are transforming the way we think about how to effect greater economic transformation. With massive cuts to Official Development Assistance from governments on the horizon, companies, cooperatives and NGOs need to get smarter about how to work together to solve difficult development challenges—chronic malnutrition, youth disenfranchisement, persistent health crises, climate degradation, energy scarcity and lack of market access. At the same time, critics worry about the “privatization” of development aid, with the risk of priorities being driven by the private sector rather than local populations.

This session will include leaders working on innovative PPPs that help smallholder farmers, women and youth, small businesses and cooperatives get better access to inputs, capital and markets, and link them to global markets, while also benefiting company supply chains, product quality and marketing. How are these PPPs innovating to transform development outcomes? What are their potential negative impacts? Does the cooperative sector—with its focus on both economic and social outcomes—have a particular role to play? What is the future of PPPs in international development and how can we ensure that they are benefiting local communities, as well as the interests of the private sector partners?

Note: This is a bonus session for IMPACT Conference attendees and free of charge for international development practitioners. Register to attend here.


Michael Okoroafor
Vice President of Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation, McCormick 

Sean Jones
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development   

Sarah Dean 
Manager, International Affairs, John Deere 

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