Partnering with business for effective development

Written by Justine Greening, British Secretary of State for International Development, on the Effective Development Cooperation blog:


The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation aims to build a partnership to identify practical actions for delivering the post-2015 development agenda. Its first High Level Meeting in Mexico in April will convene over 160 countries, international organisations, business leaders and civil society representatives to discuss how we can join forces in the fight against poverty.


It is now widely accepted that the primary driver of poverty reduction is economic growth, and the private sector is the engine of that growth. Businesses bring much needed investment, innovation, jobs, and tax receipts to a country. You need only look at China’s reduction of poverty rates or at Africa’s emerging economies to see how economic growth and a thriving private sector can improve the lives of millions.”

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