The ‘Beyond Aid’ Agenda: lessons from private sector engagement in development.

Friday 12 January 2018

Wolfson College, Oxford

This year Mokoro celebrates 35 years working in international development research and consultancy. It is clear that development today is not what it was then. In this celebratory seminar Mokoro is taking a forward looking view at the changing development agenda, with a focus on the role of the private sector. Agenda 2030 envisages the diverse private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, as a key actor in the development process. Questions therefore need to be addressed on how best to engage and promote business as a sustainable part of the development process, and to enhance their contribution to development.

Mokoro are pleased to have three speakers for this seminar. Peter Davis, an expert on the role of the private sector in fragile and conflict affected states, will draw on positive lessons that can be learnt from examples where collaboration with the private sector has driven transformational models for development. Simon Warmerdam, former director of the Netherlands Partners for Water programme and former Netherlands Delegated Representative for Water to Indonesia, will bring his experience in developing a constructive interface between the private sector in the Netherlands and its counterparts in other countries, primarily for water resource management. Steve Collins, Director of Valid International and Valid Nutrition, will talk about his vision on the role social business can play to innovate and deliver market based solutions to address malnutrition. Elizabeth Hodson of Mokoro will chair the event.

The seminar will be followed by some celebratory food and drinks, which we hope many of you will enjoy with us.

To find out more about the seminar and read about the speakers, view the full invite here.

To register for the event, please email Zoe Driscoll before Monday 8 January 2018.