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Private Sector for Public Good – Can Business Fight Global Poverty?

Feb. 26, 2014 - Feb. 26, 2014

Wednesday 26 February 2014 13:00 to 14:30 IDS Room 221

Business and development’ is now a ubiquitous term within development policy and practice. In recent years many leaders from the development and business worlds have been stressing the centrality of business to the achievement of development goals, and a broad variety of approaches have been employed to promote business activities and focus them more effectively towards development objectives.

These range from improving the business and investment environment to specific changes in markets and business models that affect the lives of the poor. Yet to date there has been relatively little critical thinking about where, of all possible interventions around a particular development challenge, business is actually best placed to contribute, how real impact can be leveraged, and what are the limitations of business that mean that other actors are likely to be more effective. In this seminar, we will share and debate early thinking from IDS’s new Business and Development Centre around how these issues can be tackled, with a particular focus on examples and learning drawn from agriculture and nutrition, public health and the green economy.

The panelists from the IDS Business and Development Centre:

John Humphrey

Jodie Thorpe

Gerry Bloom

Stephen Spratt

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