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    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 Sustainable Development Goals 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. 

    The UN Business Action Hub is a platform for the UN and business to connect and partner to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and UN objectives.

    On this platform, companies can learn about the partnership needs of UN entities, and offer programmatic support, in-kind and financial donations. UN entities can learn more about what partnership interest companies have and the engagement opportunities they desire.

    Both UN and Business can propose partnership projects and use the platform to search for and interact with potential partners to scale the impact of their partnerships.

    • The World Humanitarian Forum, 17-18 April 2019, brings together prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as international thought leaders and pioneers. They engage in inspirational, thought-provoking, and future-focused dialogues that aim to shape the future of humanitarian aid and international development which will help to improve the lives of millions in need. 

    • Aid&Trade London is the platform that brings together all major stakeholders of the Global Aid and International Development. Now in its third year, it is a premium two-day event that takes place in London. Every year it promotes an experience that encompasses innovative conferences, workshops, and exhibitor stands.

    • Now in its 4th year, the AIDF Africa Summit returns to Nairobi, Kenya on 26-27 February 2019, once again uniting 300+ humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

    • The World Bank's DoingBusiness Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level.

    • 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.  
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