Can for-profit development companies work with big corporate brands?

Fish farming is one of the value chains that the Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta Foundation, a collaboration between Chevron and DAI, is strengthening in order to create jobs and increase incomes. Can development contractors — well versed in government donor funding — work with big corporate brands to implement development programs? Photo by: DAI

As the development donor landscape continues to evolve, large corporations like Chevron, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola are increasingly emerging as development financiers and are driving economic growth in the poorest communities. And they’re doing so in part by partnering with the development community.

Corporate partnerships have become key sources of funding and resources for nonprofit development organizations such as Mercy Corps, which has teamed up with Starbucks, Mastercard, Google, Wal-Mart, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Warner Bros., Nike and others for their development work.

But what about the for-profit development organizations out there?

Can development contractors — well versed in government donor funding — work with the likes of Coca-Cola and Starbucks to implement development programs?

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    Jeff Tyson

    Jeff is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, DC, he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States, and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.