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Dutch private sector development policy into practice

Food seller, Ghana, by Energy for All 2030 via Flickr
July 21, 2015 By: F&BKP Office Image: via Flickr (by: Energy for All 2030)

In their blog “Improving the business climate in developing countries: a realistic goal or another Holy Grail?” at Ondernemen in Ontwikkelingslanden, Paul Engel and Bruce Byiers (ECDPM) reflect on the role of Dutch policy on entrepreneurship in developing countries.

They state that overall the Dutch private sector development policy provides a promising framework for combining sustainable and inclusive development with success of Dutch companies. It does so by investing in broad partnerships with local and national organizations to mobilize the relevant knowledge and know-how to design and implement adequate business solutions, while having a strong emphasis on improving the business climate. However, putting the Dutch private sector development policy into practice is a formidable challenge. It risks underestimating the political dimensions of what it asks its partnerships to engage in. For transformations to be achieved in practice, more attention to the political economy of change, a more robust system for political dialogue and, greater awareness of the need for occasional political backing of the partnerships seems necessary.

Please follow this link to read the original blog.

The development of business in developing countries is of importance for increased food security as well. Furthermore, agribusiness is one of the main generators of employment and income. For more information read the F&BKP Inclusive Business theme page or the Agribusiness Knowledge Portal page.



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