On 15-16 January, a United Nations workshop on “Partnerships for Small
Enterprise Development” was held at UN Headquarters in New York, co-sponsored by
the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization, Unilever, and the Global Compact.
The workshop explored numerous examples of partnerships in support of small-enterprise development, including case studies involving a host of small businesses in developing countries and presented by Unilever, Shell, Hewlett-Packard, Anglo American, and Bolsa Amazonia/DaimlerChrysler.
In addition, a study prepared by Deloitte with support from Unilever – and commissioned by UNDP, UNIDO and the Global Compact – was presented at the workshop. Containing 21 case studies of innovative partnerships, the study highlights the “need to increasingly support local private sector and small enterprise development in developing countries as a basis for achieving…development mandates, including in particular the Millennium Development Goals”. The study also notes the rising interest by large corporations in forging partnerships and linkages with small- and medium-sized businesses around the world.