Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

Learning from Experience

The DCED is a forum for learning about the most effective ways to create economic opportunities for the poor, based on practical experience in Private Sector Development (PSD).

This website is the leading source of knowledge on all aspects of PSD.

DCED Global Seminar, 1-3 October 2024, Nairobi

Are you interested in systemic approaches to achieve inclusive and enduring results from private sector development (PSD)? Join a conversation between international donors and experienced development practitioners at a global seminar on donor experiences and practical advice from programmes leading the (systemic) way in PSD and poverty reduction. Find out more, including how to register your interest, in the Seminar flyer.

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What is Private Sector Development?

Private Sector Development (PSD) is the set of strategies aiming to establish markets that function vibrantly and fairly, providing economic opportunities of quality to poor people at scale. It is a central means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read our one-page overview of PSD to learn more!

Knowledge and guidelines on PSD in practice

Check out our PSD Knowledge Pages for an introduction to PSD, as well as overviews and practical guidelines on all major PSD approaches and themes.

Knowledge and guidelines on PSD in practice

Check out our PSD Knowledge Pages for an introduction to PSD, as well as overviews and practical guidelines on all major PSD approaches and themes.

Evidence on PSD

The SDGs recognise the private sector as a key driver of economic opportunity for the poor, but debates continue on the most effective PSD approaches.  What works and why provides evidence on PSD, evaluations, and success stories from PSD programmes.

Evidence on PSD

The SDGs recognise the private sector as a key driver of economic opportunity for the poor, but debates continue on the most effective PSD approaches.  What works and why provides evidence on PSD, evaluations, and success stories from PSD programmes.

The WEE Gateway, produced by the DCED WEE WG, 2022

Women’s Economic Empowerment Gateway

Check out the WEE Gateway from the DCED Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group (2022); an interactive digital platform that compiles resources, evidence and information on how to design and implement more effective gender sensitive, responsive and transformative Private Sector Development programmes. It is useful for all levels of expertise, whether you are just beginning to understand the concepts, or whether you are already a gender expert looking for resources to help you at each step of the design and implementation process.

The DCED Standard for Results Measurement

The DCED Standard is a practical framework for monitoring and managing results of PSD programmes. In our Standard for Measuring Results section, you’ll find examples of the 150+ projects using the Standard, supporting guidelines and tools, and a list of experts that can help you with implementing the Standard.

The DCED Standard for Results Measurement

The DCED Standard is a practical framework for monitoring and managing results of PSD programmes. In our Standard for Measuring Results section, you’ll find examples of the 150+ projects using the Standard, supporting guidelines and tools, and a list of experts that can help you with implementing the Standard.

About the DCED and its Working Groups

The DCED brings together member agencies to exchange practical experiences on PSD, facilitated by the ExCo and Secretariat.  Members meet in Annual Meetings as well as thematic Working Groups on:

About the DCED and its Working Groups

The DCED brings together member agencies to exchange practical experiences on PSD, facilitated by the ExCo and Secretariat.  Members meet in Annual Meetings as well as thematic Working Groups on: