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Private sector and development: can we blend great expectations with a willingness to fail?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 21-06-2012

"Getting more bang for the development Euro" is not usually how we talk about “enhancing aid effectiveness”, but this was the title of a session from a recent Friends of Europe roundtable.


Private sector for development is the “new black”

Talking Points Blog | Published on 15-06-2012

Promoting private sector development in poor countries and engaging with firms for achieving development ends is very much in fashion


Promoting the private sector’s role in development – but whose private sector?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 16-11-2011

“Policies for Promoting The Private Sector’s Role in Development” was the subject for debate at a high-level roundtable event organised by the Development Policy Forum of Friends of Europe on November 8 in Brussels.


Public-Private Cooperation for Development: A Working-Together-Apart Relationship

Talking Points Blog | Published on 11-12-2014

Marcel Vernooij

The Netherlands has a policy of using aid, trade and investment to achieve three aims in international cooperation


Public-private partnerships for development: From principles to practice?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 02-04-2015

There is a need to readily embrace the complexity and diversity of public-private partnerships and focus on how to translate broad principles into operational tools.


Power to the People? Reactions to EU response to the Arab Spring

Talking Points Blog | Published on 09-03-2012

Jamie Balfour-Paul

Guest blog by Jamie Balfour-Paul. In response to the Arab Spring, the European Union (EU) promised to shift away from business as usual. It aims to put support for human rights and democracy at the centre of its co-operation policy with the Arab neighbourhood.


Regional dimensions moving up in the agricultural development agenda. A report from the CAADP’s 8th Partnership Platform meeting

Talking Points Blog | Published on 11-05-2012

On 3-4 May, around 200 delegates came together in Nairobi for the annual Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting.


Regional Integration and the Girl from Goma (1)

Talking Points Blog | Published on 28-11-2014

Building Bridges got off to an exciting start last week in tackling one key question for Africa’s development: what is holding back regional economic integration?


Regional Integration (part 2) - Ubuntu in a Cui Bono World?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 05-12-2014

The recent University of Cape Town Building Bridges workshop on regional integration raised the importance of taking a political economy approach


Regional Programming for the 11th European Development Fund

Talking Points Blog | Published on 21-02-2014

21-02-2014 The mood at the 2013 African Economic Conference was clear – progress on regional integration in Africa has been slow. The EU is an obvious candidate to support African regional organisations’ (ROs) to drive the regional integration agenda, given its historic e...




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