This page lists some of the most interesting recent blog posts on Private Sector Development and related issues. It gets updated regularly and aims to show the insightful things people are talking about right now. Let us know if you have any suggestions on what should be included, or any comments on the blogs.
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Adam Kessler posts on the DevPolicy blog five suggestions for measuring results in challenge funds
. Increased funding and interest in challenge funds has not been matched by a growth in the evidence base regarding their impact, and Adam notes, to this end, new guidance from the DCED on measuring results in challenge funds using the DCED Standard
. Challenge funds need to understand the logic of their programme and be clear on how the
poor are expected to benefit. The business and fund managers should clearly divide responsibilities, and results measurement be made useful for the business
. Fund managers should take a portfolio approach
and with limited resources, prioritise monitoring of more expensive, successful or innovative business projects. Market wide changes
should be looked out for. Grantees can be valuable sources of information, as long as interview questions are concrete and hold back on development jargon.
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Leo Horn-Phathanothai of the World Resources Institute posts: The Private Sector and International Development: A Love Affair, or Cold Feet?
In it, he highlights a recent round-table with representatives from donor agencies and the private sector on their collaboration, co-organized by WRI and the IIED. He notes the key meeting message of increasing intersection of business and aid, and though the pressure for donors is to do more with the private sector, the real challenge is to do better. Though examples of private public partnership were given, participants identified major hurdles to further collaboration. To overcome these and scale up collaboration, participants suggested the need for more structured dialogue, better evidence, more standardized metrics and space and resources for innovation, risk-taking, and experimentation
Added: 12 April 2013