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Launch of 2010 Event Series

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Launch of 2010 Event Series

Time: March 23, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Shell Centre
Street: York Road (Please use entrance C, Lensbury entrance on York Road)
City/Town: London SE1
Event Type: 2010 event series
Organized By: Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School and DFID
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2010

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Developing a Shared Agenda in 2010: How can the private sector and development organisations work better together to create more inclusive business opportunities for poor people?

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Tuesday 23rd March 2010

17.00 Registration opens
17.30-18.15 Introduction and panel presentations
18.15-19.00 Discussion
19.00 Reception

Partnerships between businesses, governments and development actors are already pioneering new and more inclusive business models that are helping to generate the growth crucial to poverty alleviation and the success of the MDGs. Building on this pioneering work must be a central part of the collective agenda for business and its development partners in the years ahead.

The first public event of the 2010 Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School, Department for Interntional Development (DFID) Event Series will explore how partnerships are helping businesses, donors, governments and other development organisations to build the capacity of poor producers to benefit from new inclusive business models, and will examine the lessons being learned on the ground.


Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi Head of Profession, Private Sector Development, DFID
Graham Baxter Director, International Business Leaders Forum
Sophie Le Mouel Director, Technoserve Europe
Simon Bishop Head of Policy, Shell Foundation
Chair: Simon Maxwell, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Event Sponsor:

Series Knowledge Partners: Overseas Development Institute, International Business Leaders Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

For more on the 2010 Event Series, click here

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Comment by Nancy Woodruff on March 17, 2010 at 3:13
I believe the shared agenda between the development sector and business interests can be enhanced by first asking "what is needed in the lives of these poor to meet basic needs?" and using the answers to this question (which will vary by region, even community) to guide indigenous development, i.e. using local resources to meet local needs, at least in initial stages and to the extent feasible. Development experts, guided by health/housing/food/agriculture evaluators, can then solicit appropriate business involvement for transfer of skills and capital. It is truly empowering for people to use their own resources for their own betterment first ... and then export their surplus for other markets. This also helps circumvent the potential for poor cultures to become involved in the selling of goods which contribute little to their health or sustainability, simply for the creation of social wealth. Said another way, I feel development has the responsibility to 'govern' the process such that the involvement of business is put to its highest good for the benefit of the poor.

Comment by Ida Horner on March 28, 2010 at 19:13
A superb start to this year's events. I am looking forward to the rest of the year. I have found these events useful in as far as learning about what others are doing to lift people out of poverty as well as providing opportunities to collaborate with others
Comment by Stuart Mills on March 28, 2010 at 21:59
Been blogging on business and fighting poverty... see http://practicalacts.blogspot.com/

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