The role of the private sector in social protection

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 22 August 2016

Mukul Asher, professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, shares what matters in creating partnerships.

The private sector has a role to play in advancing social protection initiatives, but what does the international community mean when they refer to the private sector?

This is a question posed by Mukul Asher, professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, in an interview during Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week organized by the Asian Development Bank.

“The organizations have become very complex in today’s era. It’s not very easy to define public-private,” he told Devex.

Watch the video above to know more about Asher’s insights on the complexities of defining today’s private sector, as well as the different ways in which the private sector can complement the work of the government on social protection.

Devex is the exclusive media partner of the Asian Development Bank’s Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week.

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About the author

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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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