Partnering with the Private Sector - Navigator


Abstract

Partnerships with the private sector have become a key aspect of Dutch development cooperation in the past10 years. Since 2002 the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry ofForeign Affairs has taken part in 130 partnerships in many different forms, including about 75 Public-PrivatePartnerships (PPPs). The latter address different topics, include a variety of financial and non-financialcommitments and at least involve (Dutch) businesses or business associations but often also involve civilsociety bodies, governments, international organizations and knowledge bodies.With partnerships as a key method for development cooperation, many questions related to management,facilitation and skills arise for staff at Dutch missions,Ministry departments and the NL Agency.Questions canbe clustered in three essential building blocks foreffectively dealing with partnerships: the partneringrationale, the process of facilitating a partnership, andportfolio management of partnerships.To promote wider knowledge of partnerships, the Centreof Expertise on PPPs and Private Sector (DDE) asked thePartnerships Resource Centre (PrC) and The PartneringInitiative (TPI) to develop a Navigator. This Navigatorfocuses on these three key areas and their associatedquestions. Its objective is to guidethe reader through the journey of partnering by providing background information, using case studies,describing skills and tools and giving recommendations for further reading.