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The Value of Cross-Sector Development Partnerships

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The Value of Cross-Sector Development Partnerships

Published: January 28, 2014

This report unpacks the value dynamics of partnerships to inform ongoing debates regarding the value of private sector engagements for development. It is based on a review of the academic and policy literature on value creation in cross-sector partnerships across disciplines, including business and economics, political science, and social sciences. The report also outlines key types of value, their sources, and how value is impacted by partnership types, which in turn impacts outcomes for individuals, organizations, and societies. It aims to make key conceptual frameworks for assessing the value of partnerships available to potential partners, including policy-makers, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

Authors: Shannon Kindornay, Stephanie Tissot, and Nabeel Sheiban

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