Debating Development: donors and the private sector: true partners for change?

Date: 4 November 2014

Venue: University of Antwerp - Stadscampus - R.001 - Rodestraat 14 - 200 Antwerpen

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB and USOS

Short description: Sarah Vaes (HIVA - KULeuven), Claudia Pompa (ODI - UK), Moderator: Prof. Dr. Patrick Kenis (Academic Dean of Antwerp Management School)

One of the crucial challenges of the post-2015 agenda will be to harness the power of private sector enterprise and turn them into a prominent contributor to global development. Only a decade ago, the development community shied away from engaging with the private sector because their drive for profit and shareholder satisfaction seemed irreconcilable with sustainable development. In the early 2000s, donors quite successfully engaged themselves to untie their aid from private sector gains. But in the wake of the financial crisis, the role of the private sector in development is again open for discussion. In our debate, Sarah Vaes of KULeuven and Claudia Pompa of ODI will assess the relationships between donors and private actors, both in the North and South. They will offer insights into the opportunities that this relationship offers, but also the pitfalls that we have to avoid.

Sarah Vaes is a senior research associate at the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) of the Catholic University of Leuven. Her work focuses on South-South cooperation, private sector engagements and climate change. She is currently working on the 11.11.11 Research Chair Development Cooperation, where she focusses on the role of NGOs & private sector. Previously, she has worked as a Policy Advisor on Climate Change and Development at VODO vzw and as a researcher at Ghent University.

Claudia Pompa is a research officer at the Oversees Institute for Development (ODI) in London. She works for the section Private Sector and Markets, where she focusses on donor engagements with the private sector, youth entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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