Potential and Prospects for Private Sector Contribution to Post-2015 Development Goals: How can Development Cooperation Strengthen Engagement and Results?

Publication | December 2014

The challenge of financing a post-2015 development agenda makes it imperative that the private sector becomes a true development partner. This study examines why and what it takes to achieve that goal.

Though the importance of its role in realizing a development agenda has been often emphasized, the private sector has not emerged as a full-fledged development partner. The transformation to full-fledged partnership is an imperative as the world prepares to launch on an ambitious new development thrust appropriate to the post-2015 period. Recognizing that, this paper discusses the ways in which the private sector can function as a development partner, the obstacles to its emerging as one, and the interventions needed on the part of different actors at the national and international level to catalyze and ensure this transformation.

A first and inevitable step in the transition must be the willingness of the private sector to become part of a global compact to promote employment, ensure minimum labor and environmental standards, and respect human rights. Private agents, especially the corporate sector, must serve to be recognized as full-fledged development partners. This paper examines the way that they can do so, in particular the role that they can play in financing the post-2015 development agenda.


  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: The Private Sector in a New "Development Partnership"
  • Mobilizing Private Resources for Social Development
  • How Development Cooperation (Global/Regional) can Matter
  • References

Additional Details

  • ADB funds and products
  • Cofinancing
  • Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Private sector development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • WPS147046-2

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