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Business - Sharing Value? Business & International development: Why is this important?



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  • 1.
  • 2. some key issues :
    • our shared objectives and the fundamental role of the business community in International Development
    • the big challenges
    • the role of government in facilitating business engagement
  • 3.  
  • 4. What benefits can business generate ?     Business role     Developing Country benefit Commercial activity   producer of goods in DCs
    • direct economic impact on activity / employment
    • indirect impact in local sourcing of goods / services
      purchaser of DC products    
    • indirect economic impact / market for products
    • facilitating accessibility to developed markets
      contractor for DC aid-funded business
    • implementing development (or humanitarian) projects
      source of capital investment
    • source of financial or real capital
    • indirect economic impact on output and employment
    Support activity   source of knowledge and skills
    • human capital, knowledge transfer and exchange
      Financing activity   source of financial support
    • capacity to invest in human and physical capital
    Influencing / promoting activity   part of the ID debate and influencer
    • advocate for ID; source of expert knowledge on trade and business
    • (eg WTO and EU rules and regulations…)
  • 5. some of the big challenges
    •   businesses live in the real world: what’s in it for them ?
      • hard business reasons and corporate reputation
      • mutually-beneficial commercial activity .
      • can we identify these areas of business activity which demonstrate this potential?
    • developing countries live in the real world too: global competition is a reality
      • the commercial imperative
      • the labour market challenge
      • can developing countries meet the competitive challenge ?
    • can the business and NGO /university communities work collaboratively to their a mutual benefit ?
      • what can they add to the fulfilment of each other’s objectives ?
      • can we generate concrete ideas of collaboration that might be pursued ?
  • 6.   How can Government support business engagement ?       Commercial activity  
    • procurer (expenditure of SG on non-wage goods and services each year)
    • promoter of Scottish business: the work of Scottish Enterprise and
    • Scottish Development International
      Support activity
    • linking Scots expertise with DC needs in-country
    • providing knowledge of where contributions can made
    • extending the unique SG model
    • pool of skilled labour to share and transfer knowledge
    • (business support,  skills, start ups, mentoring.......)
    • catalyst for stimulating Scottish business in their B2B relationships with DC partner companies / brokering, facilitating linkages/relationships
    • advice on international / EU standards and rules
      Financing activity  
    • provider of financial support to projects and programmes
      Influencing / promoting activity  
    • advocate / influencer (trade rules,  WTO, UK Government.....  Fair Trade)
  • 7. …… .some final thoughts……..
    • some simple - but important - propositions:
      • our progress towards poverty reduction and international development remains immensely challenging: the business community can make a major contribution
      • there is a mutual benefit from business engaging with developing countries
    • the NGO and university communities have a lot to offer the business community in working collaboratively to address international poverty
    • key challenges for us:
    • can we identify specific projects where the business and NGO / university communities can work together more closely to their mutual benefit ?
    • how can we maximise the beneficial impact of this collaboration ?
    • can we assist our developing country partners to meet the challenges of the global economy ?
    • what can government add ?
  • 8.
    • Presented at Business - Sharing Value?,
    • 20 th September 2011, Edinburgh
    • A NIDOS event