Women’s Economic Empowerment: Seven key take-aways from recent original research

September 6, 2017 in Hub-Blog

In almost every part of the world, women have less access to productive resources and work, and see fewer benefits of their labour than men. It’s not surprising that women’s economic empowerment (WEE) is now seen as one of the greatest opportunities for global growth and social well-being. As a result, ... (more...)

How can we create an enabling environment for IB? Lessons from private sector development

April 20, 2017 in Hub-Blog

How can we create an enabling environment for inclusive business? When I started to work on this question on behalf of the DCED’s Business Environment Working Group, I expected a relatively straightforward scan of the literature – after all, quite a bit has now been written about what governments ... (more...)

How donor agencies can make the transition to strategic private sector engagement

February 6, 2017 in Hub-Blog

The Practitioner Hub’s January blog series on ‘Demystifying donor-business collaborations’ hit a spot: There is an urgent need to uncover the issues that can make donor agencies’ private sector engagement efforts succeed or fail. We all know the buzzwords that describe our common vision of private ... (more...)

Upcoming DCED Webinar: Demonstrating Additionality in Challenge Funds

June 10, 2014 in Hub-Blog

If you are working in an agency or challenge fund providing direct financial or technical support to business projects, then you are probably familiar with the question of additionality: How can you demonstrate that public money makes a positive difference to what a company would anyway do? A recent ... (more...)

New DCED publication: Demonstrating Additionality in Private Sector Development Initiatives – A practical exploration of good practice for challenge funds and other cost-sharing mechanisms

April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Why [are] some of Britain’s most successful and highly profitable firms being given taxpayers’ cash for projects they could easily fund themselves?”[1], asks a recent popular newspaper article. It is the type of question that agencies are increasingly asked to respond to in order to justify ... (more...)

Donor support to business – what do we know about demonstrating additionality?

March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Melina Heinrich, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development Secretariat How to demonstrate additionality in a credible way is a question that many agencies providing direct support to business investments are grappling with. In case you are wondering, additionality is defined as “the extent to which ... (more...)

Working with and through the private sector to promote PSD – Highlights and fresh perspectives from the DCED Annual Meeting, 3-4 July 2013

July 26, 2013 in Hub-Blog

Harnessing and leveraging the financial resources, knowledge and outreach of companies to achieve development results – including the creation of economic opportunities – is at the top of the agenda of most aid agencies. The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) therefore dedicated the ... (more...)

DCED: New Directory for Businesses interested in Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

March 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Donor Commmittee for Enterprise Development (DCED) has launched a new directory for businesses interested in PPP. The directory provides a unique overview of more than 40 PPP programmes funded by DCED member agencies. It allows you to search PPP programmes by target regions and countries as well ... (more...)