some key issues : <ul><li>our shared objectives and the fundamental role of the business community in International De...
 
What  benefits  can  business  generate ?     Business  role     Developing Country benefit Commercial activity   producer...
some of the big challenges <ul><li>  businesses live in the real world:  what’s in it for them ?   </li></ul><ul><li>  </l...
  How  can  Government  support  business engagement ?       Commercial activity   <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>procurer (e...
…… .some final thoughts…….. <ul><li>some simple -  but important -  propositions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>our progress towar...
<ul><li>Presented at  Business - Sharing Value?,  </li></ul><ul><li>20 th  September 2011, Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>A N...
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Business - Sharing Value? Business & International development: Why is this important?

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

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

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