The DCED currently has 24 members – bi- and multilateral donors and agencies as well as private foundations – who share the vision of making PSD more effective. To achieve this, the DCED has three strategic priorities:
- Developing and sharing knowledge and guidance on good practice in PSD
- Communicating evidence on results in PSD
- Leveraging its knowledge through engagement in international processes
Knowledge Sharing and Guidance on PSD
In addition to its specialised databases on Value Chain Development
and Business Environment Reform
, the DCED’s Knowledge Portal on PSD
includes dedicated pages with resources from a wide range of agencies and researchers on many PSD topics, such as Industrial Policy, M4P and Partnerships with the Private Sector.
Many of the DCED’s own publications and guidance materials are developed by the five thematic groups on Results Measurement, Business Environment Reform, PSD in Conflict-Affected Environments, Green Growth, and Women’s Entrepreneurship.
is a top priority for members, although tangible progress has been elusive. The DCED has convened field-based experts to develop a practical Standard for results measurement
– providing practitioners with a common framework and an incentive, to measure their programmes’ results credibly. A growing library of supporting documents and case studies
is available on the website
. Many programmes and agencies are working towards compliance with the Standard – as illustrated in the map.
The DCED Standard’s application in different contexts is also being addressed in other groups, including women’s entrepreneurship
(WED). Here, a recent stock-taking
of members’ WED activities
has identified the monitoring of gender-related results as a critical knowledge gap. The potential for Women’s Participation in Green Growth
was addressed in a study by the Green Growth
(GG) working group, alongside other GG research, and sharing of knowledge and advice via the DCED website
Making the Case for PSD
While PSD is attracting growing interest among development practitioners, many remain cautious about collaboration with the private sector to achieve development goals. A focus across the DCED’s work is therefore to communicate fresh, robust data on results
achieved through PSD. The DCED website lists credible ‘success stories
’ that report impact at scale. The DCED also organises field-level and academic evidence on PSD impacts in the form of a results chain
, and publishes regular mail-outs on the Latest Research and Evidence
Engaging in International Processes
The DCED is a signatory to the Joint Statement on Public-Private Cooperation of the 4th
Aid Effectiveness Forum in Busan; it has also contributed to the work of the post-Busan Building Block
, through its mapping and directory of donor-funded partnerships with the private sector.
This directory provides businesses with a single window through which to identify relevant donor partnership programmes. The DCED will continue to leverage its knowledge products in this way, while continuing to focus on adding value to the technical discussions in member agencies.
Learn more and get involved!
To learn more about the organisational structure
of the DCED and how to join
, please click here
To get in touch with the DCED Coordinator, click here .
Last update: 1 February 2013
Photographs courtesy of Melina Heinrich and Katalyst.