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First U®talk - Do PPPs Deliver for People?
In order to allow companies to deal with risks, and governments to resolve their inefficiencies, public-private partnerships are being forged and woven into the international governance and business domains. Several funding windows opened up with development banks and bilateral aid actors, inviting businesses to join hands with government in fighting the worlds' problems. In the meantime tremendous economic diplomacy efforts are made to ensure a satisfying rate of return on Foreign Direct Investment.
Questions arise: Do people really benefit of these partnerships or are they only carrying the risk, while profits are taken elsewhere? Can public and private interests meet in meaningful ways? With increasing volatility can social entrepreneurs contribute to the success of Public-Private Partnerships?
Date: Friday March 1, 2013 Time and Location: 2:00 - 4:00 pm at IMPULSE Panel members: Robert-Jan Scheer, Head Strategy and Knowledge Management, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (replacing Pascalle Grotenhuis, Head of Division Private Sector, CSR and Infrastructure) Frank van Ooijen, Director Communication and Sustainability at FrieslandCampina and Josien Sluijs, Director of NPM, Platform for Inclusive Finance.
Mr. Robert-Jan Scheer presenting the Ministries' position