Aid and business for sustainable development. Emerging lessons from effective aid-business partnerships for sustainable development
The year 2015 was pivotal in moving towards a fairer, more sustainable world. The global Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change aimed to address some of the greatest~challenges facing humanity, including climate change,environmental degradation and the persistent disparity between rich and poor. To deliver on the post-2015 agenda, it is clear that traditional forms~of development aid will no longer be adequate and that new forms of governance, partnerships and financing – particularly between public, private and informal economy actors – will be required. This report draws on a series of case studies to consider what works, bringing together an initial evidence base to help inform effective aid and business intervientions for sustainable development, with a particular focus on those which involve and support small- and medium-scale businesses.