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Transparency in development policies

Multilateral initiatives have recently flourished to overhaul development cooperation and finance landscape. Amongst others, the alliance for financial inclusion launched in 2008 and the publication of the report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in May 2013 can be mentioned. Public authorities and donors are increasingly seeking out efficient forms of aid delivery and implementation and new concepts emerge from this general “brainstorming”, such as the “resilience” which boosts the impacts of aid and promotes sustainable development while creating a link between humanitarian and development assistance.

The participation of the private sector is also considered to be a solution to fulfill development policies with significant long-lasting impacts and benefits in regards to public  objectives and expectations. One of the most successful forms of this involvement is enabled through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Setting aside the traditional definition of PPPs, it is worth observing them as a long-term and close cooperation between public and private sectors with risk-sharing and without immediate profit-making goal, which make them clearly appear as an important vehicle to address development needs in a wide range of issues (food and nutrition, access to education, care and health facilities, culture services, etc.).

Furthermore, projects coordinated by both public and private stakeholders (through partnerships, consortia, etc.) provide all parties involved with benefits through, for instance, a maximization of the input of private sector skills and expertise, the alignment of private sector activities with policies objectives or the clarification of public authorities required outcomes. Moreover, exchanges of best practices are fostered through PPPs, and those have proved to be a good basis to develop successful and innovative programmes.

Developing PPPs can also be considered as a way to strengthen transparency in project implementation. Both parties are linked together and through their involvement within the programme are committed to predetermined rules and practices. Transparency is a critical component for maintaining a clear focus on results and accountability and for building up a relationship of trust and a quality dialogue between all stakeholders (including citizens of developing countries).

This sixth Policies and Practices’ session will focus on:

-       The definition and characteristics of an efficient PPP to implement development policies

-       The role of PPPs to reach and fulfill development policies’ objectives

-       The rules and guidelines to ensure transparency within development policies, in particular in the context of PPPs, and how to best enforce them


Speakers addressing these issues will include:



Prof dr.  Ruerd Ruben (1954) is the director of the independent Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a PhD in development economics from Free University Amsterdam. He lived and worked for 14 year in several Central American countries (Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador) being engaged in programs of land reform, cooperative development and smallholder agriculture. Hereafter he was appointed at Wageningen University to coordinate a multidisciplinary research and training program on food security and sustainable land use in sub-Saharan countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ethiopia). He started an innovative program on the prospects for smallholder incorporation in tropical food value chains.

In 2006 he obtained the chair in development studies at Radboud University Nijmegen to conduct further research on voluntary organizations and the impact of fair trade value chains.



Professor Massimo Massi-Benedetti, MD, is President and Scientific Director of the HUB for International health ReSearch-HIRS and Senior IDF Programme Advisor former Associate Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Chair of the School of Podology, of the School of Nursing Sciences and member of the Academic Senate at the University of Perugia (Italy), Chair of the Coordination Office of the Umbria Reference Centre for Diabetes; Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Improvement of Diabetes Care. Chair of the IDF European Region from 1997 to 2003 and IDF Vice-president from 2003 to 2009 , Chairman of the IDF Science Task Force 2009-2012, Director of Research and Education at the Dasman Institute for Diabetes Research in Kuwait.

Professor Massi-Benedetti’s areas of interest in the field of diabetes include: pathophysiology; evaluation of new drugs; advanced systems for insulin delivery; complications; pregnancy; metabolic monitoring; and epidemiology. He was a member of the European Union research projects EURODIABETA; DIABCARD 1-4; DIABCARE 1-3; MFIT; DIABSTYLE 1-2; ADICOL, IMMIDIAB and coordinator of the B.I.R.O. Consortium Project leader of the EUBIROD EU Project (www.eubirod.eu)

Professor Massi-Benedetti is a member of numerous national and international diabetes societies, has organised, chaired and spoken at more than 300 national and international meetings. He was also founder and member of various EASD study groups. He is the author of approximately 350 publications (full papers, abstracts and book chapters) and has sat on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals. 



Ihssane Loudiyi is currently working as a Policy Analyst in the OECD’s Directorate for Governance and Territorial Development under the Budgeting and Public Expenditures division. She is focused on the division’s work on Public Private Partnerships, notably in Tunisia.


Prior to joining the OECD, she worked at the World Bank Institute for over three years on finance and private sector development issues, including on regulatory reform, industrial clusters, and innovation policy. Ihssane holds a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS Bologna/Washington DC).




This session will also be an opportunity for Jeroen Hardenbol, Adviser within the Internal Market Department of BusinessEurope, organism active during the 1st session of the cycle, to give an insight about the last session and to update its contribution by presenting BusinessEurope’s news and perspectives concerning PPPs.



Jeroen Hardenbol started working at BUSINESSEUROPE, the main horizontal business organisation at European level, in early 2010. He is in charge of the free movement of services, services of general economic interest (SGEI) / public services, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and transport.

Before joining BUSINESSEUROPE, Jeroen was a trainee in the European Parliament, working for the Secretariat of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.

Jeroen holds a Master degree in European Public Affairs from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

BUSINESSEUROPE plays a crucial role in Europe as the main horizontal business organisation at EU level. Through its 41 member federations, BUSINESSEUROPE represents 20 million companies from 35 countries. Its main task is to ensure that companies' interests are represented and defended vis-à-vis the European institutions with the principal aim of preserving and strengthening corporate competitiveness. BUSINESSEUROPE is active in the European social dialogue to promote the smooth functioning of labour markets.



Friday 5 July, 2024



Virtual Event - Zoom


Policies & Practices