Incompatible philosophies or complementary roles? Civil society and business engagement in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

Australian National University
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Journal Article
Development Bulletin, 2014, 76 pp. 39 - 43
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Partnership with the private sector is emerging as a new pathway to address poverty. This is the result of recognition that external support through aid is small relative to other sources of finance and the scale of development challenge at hand. This concept is well recognised and was raised in the Australian Government’s Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness, noting the need to harness the power of business and innovation (see Callan 2012). Other organisations have recently emerged which hold this as their core focus, for example Business for Millennium Development. In addition, evolving notions of social enterprise and entrepreneurship are blurring the boundaries between private sector and civil society, and opening up new possibilities for cooperation and partnership as exemplified by the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH).
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