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Building a Common Future with Business: Concluding event in the 2009 Event Series

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Building a Common Future with Business: Concluding event in the 2009 Event Series

Time: October 13, 2009 from 5:30pm to 7:45pm
Location: Commonwealth Club
Street: 25 Northumberland Avenue
City/Town: London WC2N 5AP
Website or Map: http://www.thecommonwealthclu…
Event Type: 'business, for, development, impact', event, series, #featafrica
Organized By: Overseas Development Institute, Department for International Development & Business Action for Africa
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2013

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This final event in the 2009 Event Series aims to reflect on the lessons learned and the opportunities identified during the course of the Series, and to look at how business, government and civil society can address them. The meeting will also reflect on the UK Government’s White Paper on International Development, and consider how the key development challenges identified in the Paper will influence the business and international development agenda beyond 2009.

As the world starts to emerge from the down-turn, is there an opportunity to create a step change in the way the private sector and international development community collaborates to achieve more resilient and transformative growth, and do we need to create new and better mechanisms and frameworks to deliver this change?

At a broad level, a central question for governments and donors is how to create the appropriate incentive framework to facilitate further innovation in inclusive business. Where do constraints need to be removed, should direct incentives be provided, and what forms of part­nerships can work?

Can donors and the private sector identify more creative and flexible ways to leverage sources of finance to support and fast track promising new business models? What more can be done to align public policy and private resources and expertise to strengthen local innovation and better support small and medium sized enterprises? Where does the role of business in contributing to global public goods begin and end?

Speaker: Mike Foster, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, DFID
Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard University
Gareth Penny, Chief Executive, De Beers Group
David Randall, Supply Director, Diageo Africa
Chair: Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, ODI

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