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How can the African private sector best be represented in policy dialogues on private sector development?

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Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl - ECDPM
2017-01-25 11:29

These are pertinent questions that deserve more attention i) in translating policy into practice and ii) bring more knowledge insights into policy making!

At ECDPM we have been working on private sector engagement for some time now and particularly looking at amongst others EU business matchmaking, where particularly local private sector associations, chambers of trade, commerce and industry, and other private sector organisations play a... read more »

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    Hans Determeyer - BEST-Dialogue (Business Environment Strengthening Tanzania - the Dialogue component)
    2017-02-6 18:41

    A much appreciated question of the week. This in a reaction to Sebastian (ECDPM) and also Kiringai Kamau's (VACID-Africa) contributions, which I support:

    The institutional fabric of the private sector in emerging economies is understandably still limited. After all, it is not really that strong in many of the already more industrialized - or maybe rather, more instituted - societies.

    In emerging economies, this phase of institutional weakness is not unique. Other essential components in the societal fabric, such as health and education se... read more »

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Agnieszka Kazimierczuk - African Studies Centre
2017-01-26 23:54

The lack of trust between DAC member countries and African private sector that impede the creation of innovative partnerships due to high risks of such ventures may be levelled out by their greater inclusion in the whole process already from the stage of drafting the policy and instrument development. This is why this question is of the highest importance but how to decide who should be represented and by whom is difficult to answer.

The first thought that comes to mind is to include the existing ‘general’ African business networks (such as ... read more »

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Andrew Dibo - Agricultural Consultant
2017-01-27 04:38

The private sector is a heterogeneous group of actors with different requirements and capabilities. Effective engagement of the private sector therefore requires identification of the issues at hand and the appropriate private sector organization that would effectively contribute to the dialogue based on experiences and expertize. There must be a conducive  environment for engagement and active participation of all the collaborators. Where long term engagement is desired, the role to be played by each partner, timelines  and outputs should clea... read more »

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    Agnieszka Kazimierczuk - African Studies Centre, Leiden University
    2017-01-30 12:38

    Dear Mr Dibo,


    Thank you for your reaction. Do you have any suggestions how such process can be put in place and how and who should lead it.

    I fully agree about the importance of creating conducive environment for a fruitful collaboration – but how to facilitate establishing of such environment, especially in the African context remain a question. Do you have any concrete examples you could share where it did happen/is happening?


    Thank you in advance for your reaction.

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Kiringai Kamau - VACID Africa ( and Center for Agricultural Neworking and Information Sharing (CANIS) of the UoN
2017-01-27 05:24

This is my first interaction with this forum having been invited to participate by Frank van Kesteren. Inclusive development of policies is necessary in Africa where much of the policies have been pushed for by non-African interest as averred by Agnieszka Kazimierczuk. It is noteworthy that even the local private sector that join the membership organizations are as much removed from the large majority of smaller businesses which drive the larger part of the economy.

Knowledge on the BIG picture of what unity in associations can achieve in Af... read more »

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Marcel Vernooij - Sustainable Economic Development Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
2017-01-30 15:07

With our programs for sustainable, inclusive economic growth in developing countries, the Dutch government promotes a good business climate and stimulates entrepreneurship in Africa. The activities that we support are driven by and implemented in close cooperation with local companies, governments, civil society and knowledge institutions. This is a key asset of all of our work. Also, we support organizations focusing on local companies, such as:  Dutch Employers Cooperation Program, Agriterra (for farmer coop's & farmers), PUM (advice to 1... read more »

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    Agnieszka Kazimierczuk - African Studies Centre, Leiden University
    2017-02-15 18:32

    Dear Marcel,

    Thank you for your reaction.

    Is it possible for you to give some examples of the local companies, governments, civil society and knowledge institutions that the Dutch government consults  while designing your activities in the area of private sector development in developing countries. It will be enriching to learn more how such process of consultations is implemented, how their feedback is being evaluated and most importantly – how did you chose to consult these (and not other) partners.

    In your statement you mention Dutc... read more »

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