KAMPALA PRINCIPLE: TUs_SUBP 5.B

Sub-principle 5.B

Target specific locations, markets, value chains and investor types that are most likely to have a positive impact on those furthest behind

 

Why is it important?

 

The international community has committed to putting those furthest behind first. For this to succeed, private sector engagement (PSE) needs to target and expand people-centred markets, goods and services to improve the well-being and livelihood of those furthest behind. Partnering with communities and others beyond the provision of financial resources allows for co-creation and implementation of initiatives, identifies conflict sensitivities, and builds greater mutual accountability between companies and communities with appropriate modalities of co-operation and incentives for the private sector to contribute to leaving no one behind. Trade unions can help identify where initiatives are contributing to decent employment creation and to improving the lives and livelihoods of those furthest behind.

Self-reflection questions
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  • Have systems of accountability been established beyond the partnership which show that the private sector should support the poorest through decent work, paying living wages, promoting gender equality in workspaces and reducing companies’ negative impact on the environment?
  • Has it been made clear how the project will target vulnerable sectors or populations, ensure rights are respected, the rule of law is upheld and social dialogue is practiced?
  • Does the national PSE strategy explicitly and specifically target countries, regions, sectors and contexts that are being left behind? Do development partners’ PSE strategies support such a prioritisation?

Actions to consider
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  • Identify where initiatives are contributing to decent employment creation and to improving the lives and livelihoods of those furthest behind.
  • Support the government in making a leave no one behind agenda and strategy with a well-defined vision, mission with specific targets, clear co-ordination mechanisms and matrix of responsibilities for all relevant stakeholders plus a needs assessment to collect data to inform private sector investments. 

Pitfalls to avoid
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DON’T…

  • Disregard collecting evidence and building case studies that highlight both the successes and failures of PSE projects on those left furthest behind.

COUNTRY-LEVEL EXAMPLES

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