Cairo Conference Session 4.4: Listening to Small Enterprises - Improving Public-Private Dialogue (2005)

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 4.4 on 30th November 2005 in Cairo, "Listening to Small Enterprises - Improving Public-Private Dialogue". This was the second Session to specifically deal with the topic of improving public-private dialogue (the first being Session 2.4). Emphasis was given firstly to the representation of the private sector, including small enterprises, in the process of business environment reform - drawing out the lessons and good practices generated by experience in the field. The second emphasis concerned the ways in which public-private dialogue can be assessed and changes measured.

    a) Challenges and Opportunities for Giving Voice and Participation to Entrepreneurs in Business Environment Reform, by David Lamotte
    David Lamotte, from the International Labour Organization in Geneva, outlined the challenges and opportunities facing programmes that seek to engage business owners and managers in business environment reforms. He drew from the experiences of the ILO in working with employers' organizations, business associations, industry groups, chambers of commerce and informal enterprise associations. He outlined the key challenges this work has created and proposes actions that donors can take.

    b) Encouraging Effective Dialogue and Advocacy in Nigeria: The Better Business Business Initiative, by Mary Agboli
    Mary Agboli is an Operations Officer in the Private Enterprise Partnership (PEP) Africa Office of the International Finance Corporation in Johannesburg. She presented a case study of the Better Business Initiative in Nigeria. This initiative involved close cooperation and collaboration with the private sector and Mary's Paper highlighted the lessons that can be learned from these experiences.

    c) Monitoring and Evaluation of Multi-Stakeholder Cooperan and Partnerships in Local Economic Development, by Frans van Gerwen and Lazar Nedanoski
    Frans van Gerwen works with the Management for Development Foundation (MDF) in Ede, the Netherlands; Lazar Nedanoski is with the MCIC Macedonia. They outlined the ways in which multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships can be monitored and evaluated. This Paper showed how public-private dialogue can be monitored and assessed, providing a useful tool for donor agencies and their programme partners when attempting to improve public-private dialogue and measure their success. He cited an example of public-private dialogue in the context of local economic development.

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