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Walking the Talk

Three years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reliable information

The Future of Business: Shaping inclusive growth in South-East Asia

The future of business: shaping inclusive growth in South-East Asia

This discussion paper reviews the issues faced in the region, how business can be part of the solution through a spectrum of approaches, ways in which social enterprise models can be supported to thrive, and makes recommendations for the region’s businesses.
A low-fee private school in a slum area in Punjab, Pakistan. Photo: Momina Afridi

Equity and quality in an education public-private partnership

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in education are increasing in profile as countries grapple with serious challenges of educational access and quality. This study seeks to understand the impact of the PPP initiative in Punjab province, Pakistan, on key dimensions of equity, education quality, and democratic and social accountability.
Photo: Kieran Doherty

Testing community consent: Tullow Oil project in Kenya

This case study assesses the extent of Tullow Oil’s compliance with the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Turkana County, Kenya.It examines the company’s engagement in selected communities and finds that, while community engagement processes have improved in important ways, it has yet to achieve FPIC.

father facing their poor village close to luxury apartments

Redefining inclusive growth in Asia

The last few decades have seen astonishing growth and poverty reduction across Asia, but inequality is on the rise. This paper sets out how APEC leaders can use the opportunity of the summit to move in a new direction – one in which the economy works for everyone, not just the few.

The Bitexco Financial Tower, framed by high rise flats and poor housing along the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Photo: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam

Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative

Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world’s population has received just 1% of the total increase in global wealth. Meanwhile, half the new wealth has gone to the richest 1%. To help reverse this trend, we need rapid growth of equitable business structures with purpose, fairness and sustainability embedded into their model.

Le Dutch Good Growth Fund a soutenu la culture des roses en Ethiopie grâce aux financements mixtes. Photo: DGGF

Private-finance blending for development: risks and opportunities

Aid donors increasingly seek to inject private-sector resources into development by ‘blending’ official development assistance (ODA) with private finance. There is little evidence of the development impact, and projects often do not align with country ownership, transparency and accountability.

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