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Kampala Principles for effective private sector engagement through development co-operation


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In the framework of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), a set of principles has been developed to improve the quality of partnerships between development partners and the private sector.


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The Kampala Principles


  1. Inclusive country ownership
    Strengthening coordination, alignment and
    capacity at the country level


  2. Results and targeted Impacts
    Releasing sustainable development
    outcomes through mutual benefits

  3. Inclusive partnership
    Foster trust through inclusive
    dialogue and consultation


  4. Transparency and accountability
    Measuring and disseminating sustainable
    development results for learning and
    scalling up of successes

  5. Leave no-one behind
    Recognising, sharing and mitigating
    investment risks for all partners

What do the principles focus on?

The Kampala Principles promote ownership of private sector engagement (PSE) through development co-operation by partner countries and ensure the alignment of PSE projects and programmes with national sustainable development priorities. They focus on realising sustainable development results and serve as a basis for inclusive dialogue and more effective partnerships. The principles support greater transparency and accountability and address the heightened commercial and other risks for partners involved in PSE through development co-operation when targeting those furthest behind.

Who are the principles for?

The principles are for voluntary use by all stakeholder groups including governments, domestic and international businesses, business associations, micro-, small- and medium-sized entreprises (MSMEs), development partners, trade unions, civil society, research institutions and foundations.

Working at the country level

The development of the Kampala Principles was supported by extensive multi-stakeholder consultations and evidence, building on four country case studies – Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, and Uganda – that resulted in a mapping of over 900 PSE projects, a series of in-depth interviews with diverse stakeholders and workshops to discuss study results in all four countries.

From principles to action

The five principles provide new normative guidance for private sector partnerships. In order to facilitate action by governments, their development partners, the private sector, civil society and trade unions, it is critical to provide more actionable guidance tailored to these stakeholder groups. The OECD will support the Global Partnership efforts's to develop such guidance in its next programme of work. As a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together all actors engaged in development cooperation, the Global Partnership is well placed to undertake this task.

GPEDC is exploring with its members and other organisations how to operationalise and implement the principles, helping members to bring them to life in their partnerships.

If you or your organisation want to join the Global Partnership’s efforts to make private sector engagement more effective, please contact [email protected].

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