The issue of partnerships was at the center of discussions at the 6th Convergences 2015 World Forum on the topic of jointly building solutions for tomorrow. With developing countries experiencing rapid transformations in situations, combined with declining resources from donor countries, there is a need to reconsider how to operate in these countries, while seeking to leverage new resources. Governments have lost their monopoly on public action; enterprises, associations and civil society – both in the North and South – now have a prominent place in causes affecting public interest and development. But how to implement innovative and more open partnerships that bring together public and private actors? What are the conditions for the success of large coalitions? Should individual partnerships linked to specific projects be promoted or should comprehensive and systematic partnerships be encouraged?
The three conditions for an operational coalition are a clear and well-targeted objective, leadership, and an interest for each partner.
Catherine Garreta highlights the importance and role of each actor (NGOs, enterprises, local authorities, etc.) and calls for the need to restart discussions on the mobilization of new global resources for development: “The various partners should be encouraged to support public aid actors.”
The Executive Director for External Relations and Partnerships at Agence Française de Développement also explains the complementarity and contributions of the various partners, in particular:
- for NGOs: the ability to innovate and take action, expertise in their areas of competence;
- for development banks: financing, their relations with other donors and Southern countries, expertise in project management;
- for local authorities: their highly integrated territorial approach to development;
- for enterprises: innovative experiments that secure the development of populations and take account of a number of social or environmental objectives.