• Partnerships


    Development Business - Leveraging Expertise for a Global Mandate


    Development Business has forged a number of collaborative efforts with various entities as part of a strategic campaign to reach hitherto untapped markets for the dissemination of procurement information. Some of these collaborations have been established with conference organizing entities, chambers of commerce, publishing agents, academic institutions, and intergovernmental bodies which play a pivotal role in the procurement marketplace.

    The goal is to offer our subscribers the necessary knowledge and networking opportunities to navigate the ‘procurement jungle’ and successfully identify business opportunities and support development projects throughout the world. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us





    The International Chamber of Commerce is the world business organization representing enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world. The fundamental mission of ICC is to promote trade and investment across frontiers and help businesses meet challenges and opportunities of globalization.

    As part of this work, ICC has established a range of trade and business tools providing codes and rules that facilitate business, with Incoterms and its series of model contracts being the most well-known of its product range. ICC’s International Court of Arbitration is the world's leading body for the resolution of international disputes by arbitration. ICC also operates an International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
    ICC World Chambers Federation is a unique and truly global forum uniting the global network of more than 12,000 chambers from every country around the world. WCF facilitates the exchange of best practice and fosters the development of new global products and services for chambers; as well as fostering international partnerships between chambers and other stakeholders, in helping their local businesses grow.

    WCF supports chambers by bringing trust to global trade through programmes including the ChamberTrust® online business seal, ATA Carnet, and trade documentation services. WCF runs the World Chambers Network: www.worldchambers.com, the global chamber platform promoting local trade and economic development activities and assisting SMEs internationalize their activities. 

    Development Business and the ICC-WCF have launched a partnership to assist SMEs entering the global procurement marketplace and to collaborate on relevant events.
    The Economist: The Economist organizes a set of regional conferences sponsored by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Events bring together the private sector, heads of state and government entities to discuss development challenges with a special focus on a specific region.
    BNAmericas is a business intelligence tool for Latin America with data, news, analyses and events that keeps its clients up to date on the latest developments in the region. BNAmericas is hosting a number of events of special relevance to our subscribers.

    IC Publications is a well-established publishing house that is now organising business and economic events in Africa.
    CGLA Infrastructure, Inc. is a private sector consultancy based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on the world's infrastructure markets.  Since 2009, Development Business (DB) has been attending a number of key infrastructure events, making available discounted tickets to its clients.
    African Business (published by IC Publications) and Development Business are engaged in a reciprocal outreach campaign. With special reports that profile a wide range of sectors including transport, energy, mining, construction, aviation and agriculture, DB's subscribers can derive critical knowledge from this resource to assist them in competing effectively in the region.
    CBW

    Commonwealth Businessswomen's Network (CBW) works with women in business by connecting Governments and the private sector to encourage and enable women’s economic empowerment. This is achieved through delivering activities, initiatives, products and services focused on trade, talent and training. CBW also sits on the main governance body on gender for the 53 Commonwealth Governments and can lobby on your behalf. In 2014, CBW and UNDB joined forces to support the global movement to empower women economically, specifically through international public procurement.

    UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability. Within the last year, Development Business (DB) and UNIDO began a cross-promotional exercise through UNIDO's publication Making It.

    The partnership has now expanded to include establishing linkages through UNIDO's field offices and various private sector partners of Development Business. 





     UN - Private Sector Partnerships


    Since former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared in his 1997 landmark speech that the UN and the private sector are ‘natural partners’, the United Nations and its various subsidiary bodies have orchestrated a carefully calibrated policy to tap into the expertise of the private sector towards fulfilling the mandate of the UN. Several offices are dedicated to carry out this campaign, most notably the Global Compact and the UN Office for Partnerships.

    The following is a quote from a speech made by Global Compact head, Georg Kell, on Private Equity and the UN, before the Dow Jones Private Equity Conference in 2009:

    "I feel strongly that we are in the midst of a historic convergence between the goals and interests of the United Nations, on the one hand, and those of business and finance on the other" 

    Business.UN.org is a website dedicated to fostering a deeper engagement between the UN and the private sector. It is designed to match the multiple issues tackled by the UN to parallel orientation of private sector entities. Take a look also at the UN-Business Focal Point Newsletter for a periodic yet comprehensive overview of private-sector related activities. 

    The Business Council for the UN, while not a UN office itself, has evolved into a critical agent for promoting private sector involvement with the United Nations. As an outgrowth of the UN Association for the USA, it facilitates access to the UN for private companies interested in doing business with the UN. 

    The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes and activities. As a dynamic partnership organization, the UN Foundation brings together a diverse set of shareholders to help the UN solve global problems. Corporate partners provide the UN with critical technical expertise, strategic planning support, human resources, marketing platforms, products, technologies and financial support to overcome some of the world’s most intractable problems.

    A significant number of UN specialized agencies are engaged in similar initiatives. UNICEF’s partnering with the private sector for support in tackling girls’ education is noteworthy. As well, UNEP’s engagement with civil society and the private sector towards global sustainable development has resulted in tangible outcomes. 





    UN - Business Guidelines


    Initially developed in 2000 as a common framework for UN-Business collaboration, the Guidelines apply to the UN Secretariat as well as separately administered organs, Funds and Programmes. As an important component of the Secretary-General’s efforts to modernise the Organization, the Guidelines are intended to help UN staff develop more effective partnerships between the UN and the business sector while ensuring the integrity and independence of the United Nations.

    The Guidelines’ revision was chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and involved senior staff from over 30 UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes who shared years of experience in collaborating with business. The process was launched in response to Member States’ requests that the United Nations place greater emphasis on impact assessment, transparency, accountability and sustainability of United Nations-business partnerships and that partnership management be enhanced. The Secretary-General encourages all UN entities to consider using the Guidelines when developing or revising their own business collaboration framework.

    In recent years, a wide range of UN entities have entered into partnerships with the private sector and civil society. In support of the UN’s partnership agenda, the Global Compact Office undertakes a variety of ongoing activities to strengthen the UN System in its efforts to engage business, such as convening annual Meetings of UN System Private Sector Focal Points, or the publication of The UN-Business Focal Point, a quarterly e-newsletter designed to enhance communication and collaboration among UN staff working with business. 


    The guidelines are subject to ongoing revision to match a shifting landscape.

    This is the most recent revision of the UN-Business Guidelines (pdf).



    ICC World Chambers Federation is a unique and truly global forum uniting the global network of more than 12,000 chambers from every country around the world. WCF facilitates the exchange of best practice and fosters the development of new global products and services for chambers; as well as fostering international partnerships between chambers and other stakeholders, in helping their local businesses grow.
    WCF supports chambers by bringing trust to global trade through programmes including the ChamberTrust® online business seal, ATA Carnet, and trade documentation services. WCF runs the World Chamber Network http://www.worldchambers.com/, the global chamber platform promoting local trade and economic development activities and SMEs internationalize their activities.
    Development Business and the ICC-WCF have launched a partnership to assist SMEs in penetrating the global procurement marketplace and to collaborate on relevant events.