Roundtable: "Policies for Promoting the Private Sector's Role in Development"

8 NOVEMBER 2011 | BRUSSELS

The high-level roundtable debate – "Policies for Promoting the Private Sector's Role in Development" - is focussed to bring together some 30 senior stakeholders from the private sector, civil society as well as from European and international institutions to discuss the changing landscape of Europe’s cooperation, and the private sector role in that landscape.

Official development assistance (ODA) from donor countries to the developing world is increasingly being outpaced by private sector investment, money from philanthropy and remittances from emigrants working abroad. Aid donors and agencies are increasingly concerned to identify the forms of aid delivery and implementation that work best. With the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness due to focus on these issues at the end of 2011, the growing role of private actors in development cooperation will also be examined.

The Development Policy Forum of the Friends of Europe - an independent think tank for EU policy analysis and debate – has organised this roundtable in collaboration with France, Germany and the European Union to look at potential synergies between traditional aid and the new breed of private actors, and explore ways in which their cooperation could improve development effectiveness. A special publication on this issue is expected to be published to coincide with the event.

Experts around the table will include Achille Bassilekin, Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department of the ACP Group, Penny Davies, Author of the OECD Report “The Role of the Private Sector in the Context of Aid Effectiveness” and Policy Advisor at Diakonia, Nuria Molina-Gallart, Director of the European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), Ruth Rawling, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Cargill Europe, Ingmar Streese, Director of Global Programs and Partnerships at Mars Belgium, Christophe Yvetot, Representative to the European Union of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Bernard Ziller, Senior Economic Adviser at the European Investment Bank (EIB).