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ECDPM works to achieve a more inclusive and better-informed policy dialogue between the public and private sector on economic governance at the local, national, regional, continental and international levels to foster inclusive and sustainable growth.

There is now broad recognition of the importance of economic governance and in particular the role of the private sector in sustainable and equitable development.

Most African economies still operate within weak regulatory, institutional and governance frameworks that hinder private sector development.

Improving the business environment in developing countries to facilitate investment by domestic and international firms alike is a priority. In order to maximise the benefits of private sector investments for development and its role in promoting economic transformation will require governments, the international and domestic private sectors and donors to identify where and how their interests align.

ECDPM works with African organisations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) to address issues such as agricultural value chains and the extractive sector. We also look at the growing use of development corridors to promote investment, regional integration, infrastructure development and more global value chains.

In Business and Development, we focus on the triangular relationship between developing countries, their partners and the private sector to address the following key questions:

  • When can private sector investments be considered developmental and supportive of economic transformation?
  • When do governments undertake business reforms and what motivates them to do so?
  • How can the process of bringing together public and private sector be made most effective for advancing policy reforms that facilitate business, investment and employment?
  • What lessons can be shared and learned across sectors and within regions embarking on closer and often fast-track integration?
  • To what degree are donors engaging with international private investments?
  • What lessons can be learnt from bilateral donor experiences on private sector support for development and its role in promoting economic transformation?