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How can we create effective public-private partnerships?

Public private partnerships are growing in number through innovative business models, but more collaborative partnership is still needed, especially in the developing world.

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In many developing societies, there is no regulation (or completely bureaucracy heavy regulation) in place for new industries and sectors. Other times, the government does not have the resources to enforce regulations or to streamline existing processes.

How can we build feedback loops in social enterprise projects so that governments can evolve as societies evolve? Partnership models are important because they ensure long term business viability to meet a consumer need and they (hopefully) provide feedback and skill transfer that help governments evolve with societal innovation. As governments are able to adapt to make the regulatory and policy environment friendlier for future social entrepreneurs, then more entrepreneurs will enter these countries with business-friendly climates. (This applies to small social enterprise start-ups and large corporations doing business in a developing country equally).

An example of a leader in the space is CEMEX. In one disaster relief program, CEMEX will gather information from regional governments that identify beneficiaries and provide relief funds. CEMEX then distributes the funds in the form of debit cards, produces a catalogue of materials at fixed prices, manages the entire supply chain, and reports to the government the results of the program. This program is an efficient disaster relief response, is profitable for CEMEX, but then transfers information back to the government. (CEMEX has expanded the model beyond natural disaster relief to other government-subsidized housing and community infrastructure initiatives).

Another CEMEX initiative, Mejora tu Calle, helps communities and governments work together to improve neighborhoods. Through this program, which unites public- and private-sector efforts to prove a market-based solution to address critical paving needs, CEMEX provides microloans to community residents. The residents use the funds to help pay for the paving of streets and sidewalks with cement. By combining community contributions with government funding, most projects are completed in just 70 weeks, rather than the up to 10 years that is more typical in low-income neighborhoods.

Evaluation results

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1. Does this concept deserve a place on the i20 agenda?

Yes – it's definitely a significant global issue requiring innovation - 71.4%

Maybe – it's important but there are other issues which deserve more attention - 14.3%

No – it's interesting but not of global significance - 14.3%

2. Does this concept point to innovation opportunities that i20 leaders can discuss?

It points to a range of opportunities - 71.4%

It points to a single opportunity - 14.3%

It's indeed a challenge but doesn't point to opportunities - 14.3%

3. Is this concept well framed?

Yes – it relevantly covers the issue to promote onwards discussion - 85.7%

Somewhat – though the scope is either too narrow or too wide - 14.3%

Not really – interesting issue but this concept doesn't really invite conversation - 0%


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Congratulations Nicole on being on the agenda!!!
Well done

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