Transforming the Development Landscape: The Role of the Private Sector

Transforming the Development Landscape: The Role of the Private Sector

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Transforming the Development Landscape: The Role of the Private Sector by Lael Brainard

Private sector activity is crucial for development. It shapes the investment climate, mobilizes innovation and financing in areas such as global health, and can either cause or mitigate social and environmental harm. Yet so far, the international development debate has not focused on the role of the private sector.

This volume—written by members of the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and academia—investigates ways to galvanize the private sector in the fight against global poverty. Using a bottom-up approach, they describe how the private sector affects growth and poverty alleviation. They also review the impediments to private capital investment, and discuss various approaches to risk mitigation, including public sector enhancements, and identify some specific new plans for financing development in neglected markets, including an equity-based model for financing small-to-medium-sized enterprises. From the top-down, the authors look at the social and environmental impact of private sector activities, investigate public-private partnerships, explore new perspectives on the role of multinationals, and discuss an in-depth case study of these issues as they relate to global public health. In addition to providing a broad overview of the current issues, this forward-looking volume assesses the action-oriented initiatives that already exist, and provides templates and suggestions for new initiatives and partnerships.

Contributors include David DeFerranti (Brookings Institution), Timothy Freundlich (Calvert Social Investment Foundation), Ross Levine (World Bank), Sylvia Mathews (Gates Foundation), Jane Nelson (Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government), Alan Patricof (APAX Partners), Warrick Smith (World Bank), and Julie Sunderland (APAX Partners).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815711247
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 07/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lael Brainard is vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where she holds the Bernard E. Schwartz Chair in International Economics. Brainard served as deputy national economic adviser in the Clinton administration.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Strobe Talbott
1. The Private Sector in the Fight against Global Poverty - Lael Brainard and Vinca LaFleur
2. Unleashing Entrepreneurship - Warrick Smith
3. Leveraging the Development Impact of Business in the Fight against Global Poverty - Jane Nelson
4. Blended Value Investment and a Living Return - Timothy Freundlich
5. Should Governments and Aid Agencies Subsidize Small Firms? - Ross Levine
6. Venture Capital for Development - Alan J. Patricof and Julie E. Sunderland
7. Innovative Financing Options and the Fight against Global Poverty: What's New and What Next? - David de Ferranti
8. 2 + 2 = 5: A Pragmatic View of Partnerships between Official Donors and Multinational Corporations - Larry Cooley
9. Financing for Global Health - Rajiv Shah and Sylvia Mathews

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