Development aid has seen a massive shift in the past two decades, with remittances, trade, investment and a growing role for the private sector, said Vidar Helgesen, minister and chief of staff at the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway in this #DemocracyMatters interview.
“We’ve seen how corporate social responsibility 10 years ago was a do-gooder side show in most businesses. Today, human rights compliance is a boardroom matter,” he said.
Norway has given priority to private sector development, Helgesen said. “We have to realize that while development aid is important, it will never create economic development. … [It] has to be homegrown like democracies have to be homegrown.”
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Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
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