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The private sector in the development landscape: partnerships, power, and questionable possibilities

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Within the field of international development (ID) the concept of “partnership” attracted renewed interest from the 1990s onwards. This interest was manifest in the inclusion of “Global Partnership for Development” as one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pursued in the first 15 years of the 21st Century. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that replaced the MDGs in 2015, retained a focus on partnership. SDG17 (“Partnerships for the Goals”) framed partnership both as a goal in itself and as a means to achieve the other goals. In the explanation of this goal within the SDGs we see encouragement for partnerships between private sector actors and those in the public and third sectors. This Special Issue of Development in Practice is devoted to the consideration of partnership in which private sector actors play a significant role. It brings together the contributions of scholars and development practitioners from an array of disciplinary and professional backgrounds who participated in a series of events organised by the Business and Development Study Group of the UK Development Studies Association (DSA).



4407 Policy and Administration, 44 Human Society, 8.1 Organisation and delivery of services, Generic health relevance, 17 Partnerships for the Goals

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Development in Practice

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