The role of the private sector in sustainable development

The recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers a multi-dimensional framework to achieve economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Achieving the SDGs requires the involvement of various actors across society, and often in very new ways. One of the key players that has been put forward to achieve the 2030 Agenda is the private sector.

In the 2019 ‘Debating Development’ series we seek out the most contentious issues in the relationship between business and development. We organize timely debates between academics, NGOs and representatives from the private sector around six challenging topics.

The debates will take place on the following tentative dates:

  • 22 October: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business ethics
  • 29 October: Illicit financial flows 
  • 5 November: Philanthropy   
  • 12 November: Securitization and Conservation  
  • 26 November: Mining and political settlement processes in Africa
  • 10 December: Degrowth - green growth

Information about the speakers will be updated throughout August/September

Tuesdays, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University of Antwerp - City Campus  
Rodestraat 14 - R.002 - 2000 Antwerpen (how to reach the city campus?)


Debating Development is a collaboration between the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), USOS and UCSIA. It receives financial support from VLIR-UOS. Debating Development is part of the Global Minds programme of the University of Antwerp.

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Janus Verrelst Tel. +32 3 265 56 54