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Investing in the Business of Development

This research project examines how different development cooperation actors are engaging the private sector in development.  As part of this project, NSI has conducted a number of studies, on its own and working with others, such as the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, to provide clarity on key concepts relating to the role of the private sector in development, identify and classify monetary and non-monetary forms of engagement, and examine the conditions under which engagement occurs.

For NSI’s research on the private sector, development and Canada’s approach, click here.


NSI Publications:

Report: Promoting Ethics when Partnering with the Private Sector for Development by Jason Carney, August 2014

Policy Brief: The United Nations and the Private Sector: Working Together for Development by Alicia Grant, October 2013

Report and Policy Brief: Mapping Private Sector Engagements in Development Cooperation by José Di Bella, Alicia Grant, Shannon Kindornay and Stephanie Tissot, September 2013

Policy Brief: The Private Sector and Development: Key Concepts by José Di Bella, Alicia Grant, Shannon Kindornay and Stephanie Tissot, September 2013

Policy Brief: Aid and the Private Sector:  A Comparison of Traditional and Latin American Donor Approaches by Shannon Kindornay (NSI), Pablo Heidrich (NSI) and Matthew Blundell, June 2013.

Report: Investing in the Business of Development: Bilateral donor approaches to engaging the private sector,  (Executive Summary) by Shannon Kindornay (NSI) and Fraser Reilly-King (CCIC), January 2013.

Roundtable Report: Promoting Human Rights through Private Sector Development: Summary Report of the Panel Discussion, by Hayley Milko, May 2009.

Report: Human Rights and Private Sector Development, by Heather Gibb, John Foster and Ann Weston, November 2008.


External Publications:

Article: South-South Development Cooperation in Latin America: What Role for the Private Sector? published in Integration & Trade Journal 36 (17), by Shannon Kindornay (NSI), Pablo Heidrich (NSI) and Matthew Blundell, June 2013. (Also available in Spanish)

Article: Promotion and Partnership: Bilateral Donor Approaches to the Private Sector, by Shannon Kindornay (NSI) and Fraser Reilly-King (CCIC) in “Private Sector Development” - Ein neuer Businessplan für Entwicklung. Vienna: Österreichische Forschungsstiftung für Internationale Entwicklung, June 2013.

Article: Investing in the Business of Development: Donor approaches to engaging the private sector by Shannon Kindornay (NSI) and Fraser Reilly-King (CCIC) in “Aid and the Private Sector: Catalysing Poverty Reduction and Development?,“ Published by The Reality of Aid, February 2013.


For more information:

Shannon Kindornay
Researcher