How to make PPPs work? Have patience

Devex associate editor Richard Jones asks: What works well for private sector organizations looking to partner?

While public and private organizations can look prime for partnering on paper, uniting two institutions for impact in the fields of global development and humanitarian aid can be as complex as “dating to get married,” said Katy Hartley, director of the Philips Foundation.

Hartley — along with other industry leaders from companies including Novartis and the Zurich Insurance Group — spoke with Devex at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland, and offered advice to private sector players hoping to partner for impact.

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  • Molly Anders

    Molly Anders is a former U.K. correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.