ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) Many developed-country governments see a fundamental role for the private sector in advancing the sustainable development agenda (SDGs). Others are more skeptical and prefer companies to focus on doing their core business responsibly. Development partnerships with private businesses remain controversial. This course seeks to increase the participants’ understanding of the multifaceted and complex relationships between governments, private sector and civil society. It equips participants with the knowledge and tools required for an effective interaction between private sector organizations and development actors, and to assess both opportunities and risks of such cooperation. Further, the course enables participants to contribute to policy debates on the role of private sector actors in development.
Key Topics - Introduction to the Corporate Social Responsibility debate - Voluntary governance regimes (labels, codes, guidelines) and development: theory of change and effectiveness of soft law approaches - Public-Private Partnerships: introducing concepts and taking stock of experience - Private sector strategies from selected development organizations - Engaging with the private sector: how to design and manage partnerships