Private Sector Engagement – from Aspirations to Reality
The independent Swiss development organization Helvetas holds an annual symposium for development cooperation professionals. The 2022 symposium focused on private sector engagement. Discussions were held on how the private sector can be embedded in development cooperation. One interesting part of the program was the e-game "Rice for People and Planet", which was produced by a Ukrainian company. Furthermore, there was a live guided tour of the Nature Bio Foods factory in India by director Rohan Grover. The conversation between Julia Gorchakova (Mars Food), Christian Frutiger (SDC), Arjumand Nizami (Helvetas) and Eme Essien Lore (ESG Africa) revealed that projects between development and private actors are essential to reach the 2030 Agenda. However, efforts must be stepped up to achieve more of their potential.