Private Sector Development

At KIT Royal Tropical Institute, we help the private sector to do business better in developing countries. We help businesses to thrive through improved efficiency in their respective value chains and by giving due attention to the social and environmental impact of their activities.

Public-private partnerships

We embrace public-private partnerships

The private sector plays a vital role in overcoming obstacles to sustainable development and achieving lasting impact at scale. The importance of the private sector is explicitly recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While public finance – including overseas direct investment – can play a catalyzing role in the pursuit of the SDGs, the private sector is a key vehicle to mobilise additional financial resources. This sector is also vital to developing and sharing new knowledge and technologies. In particular, SDG 17 emphasizes the importance of partnerships for achieving the goals, often through public-private partnerships.

We help our partners to ‘do no harm’

The private sector is diverse. It ranges from micro businesses and cooperatives to multinationals, each with their own capacity to affect social or environmental change. We partner with organisations from across this spectrum to ensure they ‘do no harm’. At the same time, we aim to improve their existing business models and the value chains in which they operate. In doing so, we help our clients to achieve positive social and environmental impact and adhere to relevant international standards and agreements such as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Our work also aims to strengthen the position of small and local entrepreneurs in their respective value chains. We support their capacity to do business, improve their access to financial and other services, and facilitate the development of other enabling conditions like institutions and infrastructure.

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