Leveraging Partnerships To Address Global Development

Devex: Innovating partnerships: USAID’s views on the future of partnership
Chris Jurgens, leader of the global partnerships division in the USAID Office of Innovation and Development Alliances

“…The U.S. Agency for International Development has a long history of partnering, and we are constantly seeking to evolve our approach to partnerships to respond to the changing development landscape. There are three themes which we believe are critical to the next generation of partnerships in global development. … More than addressing shared interest, shared value recognizes the business opportunity in addressing social problems, and the ability to generate business value while also achieving social impact. … We are also seeing a shift in how organizations are coming together to tackle development issues, with a desire to go beyond one-off partnerships and address a problem in a more enduring and systemic way. … Finally, it is critical that the global development community more fully recognizes and leverages the unique and significant value that local private sector actors bring to partnerships…” (3/7).