With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now adopted, attention is shifting to how they will be delivered. While responsibility will ultimately fall to government, leaders across sectors now recognise that the challenges are too great and too systemic for any one of them to tackle alone, and that business’ contribution will be pivotal. There is growing appreciation that business is well positioned to drive sustainable and inclusive…See More
"Couldn't agree more. Energy is hugely important. Both at the grid level and at the home level. The link to mobile payments is also important in facilitating "pay as you go solar" - that has been the innovation that has really…"
"The crisis also saw a big leap forward for mobile payments, at least in Sierra Leone. It forced the networks to work together and allow interoperability which allowed the rapid payment of thousands of rural health workers who otherwise weren't…"
"Can I ask people what they felt *didn't* work well in terms of collaboration?
I wasn't in Freetown or Monrovia during the crisis, but from speaking to those who did, it seemed that coordination between different actors…"
"Andy - that is certainly right. There has been (rightly) a lot of focus on the role of the public sector and health systems in promoting resilience to crises like ebola (see the relative success of Nigeria) - but I think that having an effective…"
"In my previous role, one of the things I did was to help the Liberian government attract FDI. It's a tough job - investors are understandably wary of Liberia as a small country with a difficult history and relatively low levels of…"
"I think for truly effective mobilisation, it was important for there to be a clear leadership role from government and the primary partners - the UN and the "other CDC" (Centre for Disease Control). Then it is important for business (and…"
"Penelope - I agree with that. And lots of businesses we know did manage to carry on operating throughout the crisis. Clearly it wasn't easy, but I was positively surprised by the degree of continuity of operations for many companies.
"As with so many things, where local firms are strong and capable they can play a much stronger part in supporting relief efforts - as independent actors and as suppliers to government and NGOs. Where those firms don't exist or the private…"
"I think it depends a lot on the business.
Clearly local employers (particularly those operating in rural areas) have a strong role to play in educating and protecting their staff and the communities in which they operate. For instance, one of…"
This is David Easton. I'm an Investment Director at CDC, the UK government's development finance institution. We invest in businesses across Africa and South Asia from both a commercial and developmental perspective. We've been…"