This USAID primer offers guidance and real-world examples on how to strategically engage the private sector in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations.
It takes a systems thinking approach and involved consultations with both PSE and humanitarian communities.
Key guidance includes:
- add a ‘third dimension’ - conflict sensitivity - to shared value definitions
- don’t skimp on PSE best practice to do upfront opportunity scoping
- pay extra attention to a firm’s position and incentives
- go beyond financial support to embrace diverse engagement roles (e.g. as convener, actively facilitating systems leadership)
Four types of private sector actors are profiled representing various incentives, risk appetites and decision-making drivers:
- social enterprises
- local private sector
- large footprint companies
- new investors
It also provides real-life examples around engaging these private sector actors to support conflict stabilisation, humanitarian efforts and foster resilience.