Private Sector.

Calling on the Private Sector to Help Reinforce Creative Industries

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Strengthening partnerships with the private sector is the focus for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) as it enters a new era. The ...

Post COP21: Africa and Climate Change

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Ultimately, Africa's great vulnerability to the effects of climate change demands a multi-stakeholder response. Given their financial resources and scale, private sector companies can be vital partners to African countries by scaling up investment in renewable energy, boosting climate finance, and decarbonising their own operations.

Will the Growth of Private Schooling Help Achieve Quality, Universal and Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Last week, world leaders put their signature to 169 targets for the next 15 years. One of the education targets stands out in its scale of ambition: "...

Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and Business: A Shared Responsibility

Cherie Blair | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Cherie Blair

On Friday 25 September, world leaders will meet for the UN General Assembly in New York to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One major achievement that should not go unnoticed is that the promotion of human rights is infused throughout the 17 new goals and 169 targets. This marks a major shift in our approach to the role of human rights in driving sustainable development. Development must be about more than just measures of poverty and increasing financial resources - it must be about advancing human dignity.

Africa's Scientific Independence: No More Business as Usual

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Despite Africa's impressive economic growth, there remains a damaging divide between business and scientific communities. Technical knowledge is not keeping pace with economic growth and businesses often bemoan the lack of local candidates with scientific and technological competences.

Improving Nutrition: Private Sector's Place at the Table

Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer

The road to good nutrition will require collaboration across multiple sectors - from NGOs to civil society to government. And the private sector has a role to play and unique contributions to make, from product development to supply chain management to consumer behavior.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

Private Sector Can Provide Love, Compassion and a Safety Net

Sara McKee | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

Labour has made the assumption that a business operating for profit has no morals and lacks the impetus to support the community in which they operate, unless for PR gain. Yet I'm a strong believer of 'doing well by doing good' and I know I'm not alone among commercial business owners.

Mobile Technology Overcomes Barriers to Financial Inclusion for Women

Cherie Blair | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Research shows that if you empower a woman, you empower a family, a community, and indeed a nation. This is because women invest 90% of what they earn back into their families' health and education, making a lasting difference. Yet while there are so many smart and hard-working women out there, many of them struggle in particular with access to banks and loans. Today, more than 2.5 billion adults in the developing world are considered 'financially excluded'. This means that they do not have access to basic financial services, such as savings, bank accounts, or credit. The majority are women.

Is Public Sector Pay Still Too High?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

Public sector pay is set to be squeezed further after 2015 as the government has been "too soft in the past" on keeping it in check, the Treasury's to...

Innovation in the Name of Global Partnership: What the Private Sector Must Bring to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Duncan Learmouth | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Duncan Learmouth

The shortage of health workers is one of the most fundamental barriers to improving health in developing countries. A fully trained and well-supported community health worker like Saley can deliver treatments and provide health education to 5,000 children a year.

For-Profit College Granted University Title

PA | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A second for-profit institution has been granted a university title, in a move which has raised "serious concerns" among higher education experts. ...

As the Benefits of Employee Ownership Come to the Fore in the Public and Private Sectors, Should Charities Also Look to Transition to Employee Owned Models?

Will Prochaska | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Will Prochaska

Increasing employee ownership and engagement is clearly a good social policy, but what excites hardnosed business brains is its irrefutable impact on a company's bottom line. Employee owned businesses are known to provide higher levels of customer satisfaction, better quality services, lower staff turnover, better levels of innovation, and they are more resilient.

Size Matters - in Which I Ask About the Role of the State

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

I find it hard to have a reasoned debate on the role of the state in our political economy - which is what the discussion about size ultimately stems from - on the basis of percentages, or comparisons of percentages between nations/eras.

Should Private Companies Run Failing Schools?

PA | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Failing schools should be handed over to private firms to run as a final attempt to raise standards, a former adviser to the Prime Minister has sugges...

Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-Purpose: The Muddles of Multi-Agency Working

Hilary Burrage | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

The political conference season is one point in the year when it's quite reasonable to feel confused. So many claims and so much talk; but with what real effect, for whom?

Austerity is Not the Right Strategy

Ann Pettifor | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics
Ann Pettifor

Austerity -- slashing public investment at a time when private investment is inhibited by a vast overhang of private debt and by a heavily indebted and broken banking system -- is indeed a disastrous economic strategy, for Britain, the Eurozone and the US.

Why the Public Sector are Right to Strike

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

The public sector, in my opinion is the most important of all the job areas in the UK, for they are the people employed to maintain some sense of order and safety amongst all us everyday loons who fart about on a daily basis landing ourselves in all sorts of mishaps.

Why the Private Sector Needs to Pay for University Education

Mark Allan | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Allan

The nation's sixth-formers are in the middle of what for many will be a nerve-wracking time: waiting to hear from their chosen universities; revising for exams; and planning for the many and varied experiences that the next few years will hold.

Africa Needs Functioning Governments Not Private Sector

Dapo Adesanya | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK
Dapo Adesanya

Twenty-first century Africa, however, has not found a place for capitalism in its societal values and rightly so. As doing that will be putting the cart before the horse.

The New Public/Private Sector Partnership

Phil Shanks | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

During the term of the last administration the role of the private sector in helping the government deliver its objectives grew dramatically through measures like the public/private initiative and the much derided PFI.

Public Sector Squeezed Harder Over Pay Rises

PA | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The gap between pay rises for workers in the public sector and private firms has widened in recent months, new research has revea...

Open Public Services - Put the User and Citizen at the heart of Reform

John Tizard | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Public services matter. They are too important to be victim to poorly thought-through political whims. They are too important to be left unreformed. And too important to be underfunded.

History: There is a Lesson in There Somewhere

Christian Lister | Posted 06.09.2011 | UK Politics
Christian Lister

Labour didn't do a very good job with its manifesto pledge and didn't do very good job of implementing Home Information Packs and there must be lesson contained within this very recent history.