Proving and improving the impact of development partnerships

Publication by Endeva

Results measurement is vital to improving the performance of partnerships. This publication therefore identifies 12 good practices for increasing the value of measurement and reducing its costs to public- and private-sector partners.

A public-private development partnership can be defined as a contractual arrangement between actors from the public and private sectors who enter into a joint project to achieve development and commercial objectives, sharing costs and risks. Public actors can be donor governments and/or developing country governments. Companies can include large or small companies from either the developed or the developing world. Partnerships can also include other partners such as business associations, chambers of commerce, civil society organisations, or universities and other research institutions.

The number of development partnerships has grown significantly over the last decade. The partnership approach has been fuelled by global trends, including economic globalisation, the increased attention paid by companies to low income markets in developing countries, increased scrutiny of companies’ business practices, stagnating official development assistance (ODA), and increasingly collaborative forms of governance. Consequently, we can expect even greater use of partnerships in the future.

To improve partnership performance, better measurement is the way forward. This publication by Endeva gives insight in how to do this.