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  • Our International Business Guide enables you to market your goods and services to the international development community.

    •   Increase your company’s visibility
    •   Locate international partners
    •   Advertise your goods and services
    •   Reach out to our development partners

    Development Business' clients are
    international. They turn to us in search of business opportunities worldwide.

    Our readership is market-specific. Be proactive and take the first step by advertising your goods and services.

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  • We want to share our insights to help you navigate the 'procurement jungle'.

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    Get the latest announcements on business events, news and training opportunities relevant to the international development community.

    • E-Procurement Forum

      3 December 2015
      Vienna, Austria

      The World Bank requests Expressions of Interest (EOI) to e-Procurement vendors who are interested in participating in an e-Procurement forum, jointly organised with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). More than 20 countries from Europe and Central Asia will be attending. The theme of the Forum is "Using E-Procurement data to measure the transparency and performance of public spending".  

      More info here

    • Cuba Summit

      3 December 2015
      Washington DC, USA

      Register now and save $400 on standard rate tickets with our code "UNDB400".

      The Summit will explore the most pressing issues facing potential investors in Cuba. Hear from Economist editors, senior leaders and those most familiar with Cuba to learn how to navigate the short- and long-term risks and opportunities of doing business there. 

    • AIDF Africa Summit 2016

      2-3 February 2016
      Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

      This summit will gather 250+ senior representatives from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, investors, donors and the private sector to look at how technological innovations and best practice can improve aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa. 

      Register here

    • CGDF
      The Corporate Governance Development Framework
      has a new website serving
      as a platform for knowledge
      sharing and collaboration for development institutions.
      It is a reference point for the international financial community on corporate governance initiatives and achievements.

      Visit the site for information, case studies and training on governance practices.

    • We Support WEPs
      Development Business supports the Women's Empowerment Principles,
      a joint initiative of the UN 
       and UN Global Compact providing guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

      Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case
      for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. UN Development Business encourages all companies to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs and implement the Principles throughout their business. For more info, please contact

    • Development Business (DB) has launched a strategic alliance with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with the goal of assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the global procurement marketplace. 

      For nearly 100 years the ICC has been the umbrella organization for many SMEs, mobilising them in a collaborative manner and guiding them to manage the disruptions in the global economy. 

      With the debates on the post 2015 agenda gaining momentum and the primacy of SMEs in development achieving greater traction, this partnership will accelerate progress towards a better informed private sector which is well prepared to bid for public sector procurement. 

    • UN Development Business (DB)  has launched its collaboration with the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network (CBW) , which as the lead organisation for women in business in the Commonwealth works with governments through the Commonwealth Secretariat and the private sector through the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and which is mandated to drive women's economic empowerment across 53 member nations. This comes at a critical juncture when the success of the MDGs is being assessed,  particularly, but not exclusively MDG number 3 which seeks to promote gender equality. At the same time it will further a UN priority of assisting SMEs in gaining a stronger foothold in the global procurement marketplace.  DB and the CBW are joining forces to expand its networks with the aim of making tangible/measurable inroads in 2015 and beyond. 


      Development Business is pleased to announce its partnership with WEConnect International,  a corporate based non-governmental organization which identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers.  This collaboration will serve a dual  purpose - Support Millennium Development Goal # 3 which  aims to PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN and  to assist in furthering  a UN priority of assisting  SMEs in the global procurement market.

    • The Inter-American Development Bank announces
      the twelve finalists for the 
      2015 Infrastructure 360º Awards

      The IDB Private Sector Infrastructure Sustainability Awards, or the Infrastructure 360° Awards, seek to identify, assess and reward sustainable infrastructure investments made by the private sector and public-private partnerships in the IDB´s 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
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    • MakingIt: Industry for Development
      In this issue, contributors consider the partnerships and financing necessary to fight global warming, to promote cleaner and resource-efficient production, and to address the world's social and environmental challenges in a sustainable and lasting manner.

    • The OECD Observer magazine presents concise, up-to-date and authoritative analysis of world economic, social and environmental issues. Since 1962 it has been keeping policy makers, business people, NGOs, researchers and journalists ahead of the policy debate. It is a catalyst for new discussion and ideas, and a source of key data.  
      To read more, click here.

    • This year's OECD Yearbook focuses on major topics such as inclusive growth, jobs and trust. Online Edition is now available.
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    • Industrial Development Report 2013. Sustaining Employment Growth: The Role of Manufacturing and Structural Change

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    • Development Business subscribers now get 30% off any book from Stylus Publishing 2014 Development Catalog. Stylus publishes and distributes books in the areas of human rights, health, and global issues. Their catalog includes publications by FAO, Practical Action, CSIRO, CABI, The World Health Organization, Thorogood, Trentham and more. 

    • The World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank Monthly Operational Summaries as well as the African Development Bank Group Quarterly Operational Summary are now available to our subscribers.

    • The World Bank's Doing Business Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level.

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