Women groups and organizations such as the Africa Women Conference have understood how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) is promoted by the aid of governments and international donor institutions such as the United Nations, USAID, European Union, Organization of Islamic countries and World Bank to finance social services and economic and social infrastructure projects around Africa.
In 2015, the importance assigned to PPPs was firmly established at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development. This set the financing model for the post- 2015 agenda and underscored the role of PPPs, which was later expanded as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations in September 2015, specifically encouraged the use of PPPs as a means of implementation, encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. At the same time, the SDGs include key commitments in areas that are crucial for ensuring health, education, women’s rights and gender equality.
The AWC has realized that the private sector contributions are very crucial and African Women cannot achieve sustainable development without buying into the visions of PPPs.
The AWC also keyed into the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) partnership between the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the corporate sector, launched in 2010.
Prior to this, the partners are to engage in formulating a set of seven principles ensuring gender equality and empowerment of women in a corporate context as well as through corporate community engagement (UNGC and UN Women 2013) and also ensure women’s full participation in all levels of economic life across all sectors, which is seen as significant for building strong economies, establishing stable and just societies and achieving international goals on human rights, sustainability and development.