It's time to do away with the myth that development lies only in the hands of traditional actors such as CSOs and government agencies.

On June 7-8 2017, the annual European Development Days 2017 organized by the European Commission will take place in Brussels to bring together 6,000 members of the development community to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

An unprecedented number of international and European commitments has been adopted in the past 2 years – Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda, EU’s External Investment Plan and others. These global and EU policy directions stress the importance of private sector in development. To achieve sustainable and inclusive development, every actor in the international arena needs to play a specific role and understand that global development is key for everyone – for a country and its people, for promoting governance, human rights and democracy, for businesses and economy. Corporations, financial institutions, development banks and media together with the traditional development actors are all market forces that play a crucial part in development and bring unique added value. How do we bring the private and public actors together to cooperate meaningfully? How to make sure that private sector involvement goes beyond grants and CSR? Habitat is already well ahead in convening diverse actors to create new models of development based on people-public-private partnerships.

On June 7 at 4 p.m., Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa will host a panel discussion that will show that along with philanthropic goals, the private sector has a strong business interest to be the driving force of new development solutions. Prosperous, peaceful and economically strong countries of the global South represent new market opportunities such as well-skilled work-force and future wealth-creation for local entrepreneurs, SMEs and global corporations. Habitat invites a broad portfolio of private sector partners to speak on the panel and to address the panel from the audience. This session will provide:

  • An improved understanding of the inter-dependence between the global South and Europe as well as of multi-sectoral dependencies
  • Demonstration of effective people-public-private partnerships that foster innovation in the low-income markets (in areas of urban development, housing, gender equality and clean energy) developed by Habitat and its partners
  • Ownership and buy-in on investing in development by various market forces, from corporate to SMEs to development bank, governments, media and civil society


Deepali Sood – Director of Partnerships, Habitat for Humanity EMEA


  • Ms Ulrika Modéer - State Secretary for International Development, Government of Sweden
  • Dr Sidi Ould Tah - Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
  • Mr Roland Ries - Mayor of Strasbourg
  • Mr Rob Van Der Meer - Director of Public Affairs and Climate Change, Heidelberg Cement
  • Mr Jeffrey Prins - Program Manager, Ikea Foundation
  • Mr Nischschal Banskota - Young Leader, Founder of Nepal Tea Ilc