DI's private sector development partnerships

We work with sister organisations all over the world to reach UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and make our vision of a world with economic opportunities for everyone come alive.

DI believes that the private sector plays a crucial role in eradicating poverty and achieving UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our approach to private sector development is based on long-term partnerships with labour market organisations around the world. We build the capacity of our sister organisations to improve their ability to work for strong and stable labour markets that foster private sector growth. 

Our development work is guided by the Danish tradition of compromise between employers and employees, which has helped us create strong and stable labour markets to the benefit of both employees and employers.  

DI's development programmes are supported by development aid from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, private funds and international donors.

You can see some of our focus areas below:

Capacity building

Knowledge transfer and capacity building help business membership organisations work for the interests of their members.

Business Membership Organisations (BMO) and Employer Organisations (EO) are essential to the modern labour market. They help companies do business, lobby for business-friendly policies and conclude collective bargaining agreements.

We work with BMO's and EO's of all sizes to build networks and help each other overcome local challenges. As part of our projects, experienced DI staff travel to sister organizations to learn and share experiences with negotiations, lobbying, acquiring new members, communications and much more.

We believe that by sharing our insights and competences, we can help each other build the capacity of BMOs to the benefit of societies, companies and people.

Social Dialogue

Collaboration between employers and employees is necessary to achieve long-term growth and stability on the labour market.

Social dialogue is the technical term for dialogue and negotiations between employers and employees on issues such as salaries and working conditions.

The precondition for a productive social dialogue is the existence of strong and equal labour market organisations who trust each other to keep their promises.

In Denmark, we have a more than hundred-year long tradition of social dialogue, the so-called 'Danish Model'. Key labour market issues such as salary is decided by the social partners without any government interference.  

In many developing countries, there is no tradition for social dialogue between trade unions and employer and business organizations. This increases the risk of labour conflicts that create low productivity and job insecurity to the detriment of workers, businesses and societies.

DI works with the Danish labour movement and local labour market organizations to help social partners in developing countries reach compromises and obtain all the benefits of a good social dialogue.

Read more about our partnership with the labour movement here.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Limited access to skilled labour impedes growth and job creation in many developing countrie.

Young people are graduating from tertiary education in unprecedented numbers. But due to low-quality training and skills mismatch, many graduates struggle to find relevant work and remain unemployed or  doing low-skilled work in the informal sector.

A demand-driven education system with an emphasis on work-based learning could alleviate this problem to the benefit of both companies and prospective workers.

Business membership organisations (BMO’s) have direct access to employers and can play a pivotal role in identifying their needs and integrating them into the educational system.

We engage with BMO’s and other key stakeholders to ensure that the private sector has an active role in improving the education opportunities in the developing word.  

Sustainable Development Goals

The private sector plays a crucial role in achieveing UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

DI believes the private sector plays a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by providing solutions to ensure green energy, nutritious food, clean drinking water, medicine, decent jobs, etc.

Engaging with the SDG's also makes financial sense for private companies. The SDGs represent an enormous business potential which companies that integrate sustainability into their strategy can profit from.

We work with business membership organizations to encourage companies to contribute to the sustainable transition and to ensure that local legislation enables sustainable solutions. 

Through our development activities, DI also encourages companies to adhere to the principles of Responsible Business Conduct in compliance with for example UN Global Compact.


Ongoing and former projects

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