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The private sector and development agencies: How to form successful alliances. Critical issues and lessons learned from leading donor programs

Authors: Altenburg, T. (for the German Development Institute)
Publication date: 2005

This discussion paper explores the main arguments for development agencies to cooperate with private companies in delivering public goods as well as the potential benefits for the private partners. It also elaborates on some risks and limitations of such alliances. The paper then presents an overview of seven donor programs that support public-private partnerships and strategic alliances in developing countries. Finally, it raises some critical issues for discussion.