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Exploring public-private development interfaces in Africa 
Jon Harald Sande Lie (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)
Marit Østebø (University of Florida)
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Marit Østebø (University of Florida)
Niels Nagelhus Schia (NUPI)
Jörg Wiegratz (University of Leeds)
Marco Di Nunzio (University of BIrmingham)
Politics and International Relations (x) Inequality (y)
Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal VIIb
Friday 2 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Development oriented public-private partnerships are proliferating among African governments, development agencies and private actors. This panel will explore the localised dynamics, renderings and effects of development focused public-private cooperation at the levels of state and society in Africa

Long Abstract:

International development aid is instrumental in producing and promoting certain grand visions of African futures. In recent years, there has been a strong interest in development oriented public-private partnerships among African governments, international donors and private actors - as reflected in the Agenda 2030, which pays due attention to the private sector as an objective of and means to implement the audacious SDGs in Africa and beyond. Corollary, private enterprises and large corporations have entered the field of international development on an unprecedented scale. While it was unthinkable and even considered illegitimate for traditional donors to partner with these private, market-driven actors a few years ago, public-private partnerships have now emerged as the new, unquestionable normal. This paradigmatic shift has made an imprint on official development policy globally. While the discursive shift towards increased public-private partnerships is documented in existing literature, this panel moves attention to its practical and context specific modulations and renderings at the levels of state and society in Africa, including their global entanglements mediated via international development.

This panel welcomes empirically based contributions that explores different aspects and features of the unfolding public-private partnership discourse in practice. Of particular interest are local renderings and dynamics of increased private actors involvement in African development processes; how the inclusion of private actors changes the meaning, process and mechanisms of public aid; and how the involvement of corporate actors eschews or forwards local ownership, popular participation and community-driven initiatives.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -