There's been quite a lot of attention in the media recently about the role of Web 2.0 in disaster management.
As the Global Environmental Management Initiative releases its Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships, the Economist recently reminded us that in a Development 2.0 world, the balance of power in environmental campaigning is shifting. Thanks to the viral nature of tools such as blogs and Youtube, local issues can gain visibility and quickly become global.
I recently ventured that "real simple reporting" could be the killer app for development 2.0. At that time, I had project reporting to donors in mind. But what about corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting: Is there a role for web 2.0 there?
Jorge Klor de Alva, Senior Vice President of the Apollo Group, contributes his views on the importance of developing regulatory frameworks in partnership between government and the private sector. Dr. Klor de Alva was interviewed during the IFC's international conference in May 2008. (Click on "Continue reading..." to see the video.)
What is the advantage of involving those who will be affected by a decision in the decision making process? At least two value added gains: relevance and effective communication. You either facilitate their buy-in or understand the rational behind any potential resistance. Knowledge of the policy/decision, understanding of the basic motivations of the decision/policy can lead to adequate implementation and more effective advocacy.
If a government accepts that it cannot finance the demand for higher education on its own and does not wish to ask the beneficiaries to pay the full cost in the state-owned sector, it has no alternative to considering the private sector as a partner. It can then adopt various options: