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Fit for Whose Purpose? Responsibility or the role of state and private sector in development cooperation

by Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger, Global Policy Watch #8, 27 July 2015

Debates around the Post-2015 Agenda many times circle, directly or otherwise, around the role of the state, with some camps continuing to promote its central responsibility. Others call for more room for “stakeholders” to be responsible—notably, the private sector. For a look at how the balance between public and private responsibility has shifted, and what this means in the real world in terms of adherence to international standards and norms, one needs to look no further than the United Nations itself. 

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