What is the Business Partnerships Platform?

Engaging the private sector is at the cornerstone of Australia’s modernised aid program, supporting economic growth, incomes and jobs. The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) contributes directly to accelerating Australia’s collaboration with business to address development challenges in our region.

Receive matched funding

The BPP matches funding from business for projects that support commercial objectives whilst:

  • advancing Australia’s aid investment priorities
  • allowing DFAT to increase the number of its private sector partners
  • leveraging the experience and ability of business to address intractable development challenges.

Benefit from DFAT's expertise and experience

The BPP enables businesses to invest in projects in developing countries with a social and commercial return by enabling them to benefit from DFAT’s:

  • Convening, brokering and influencing abilities in partner countries
  • Deep knowledge of the business, political and regulatory environment in the developing countries where Australia’s aid program operates
  • Support in creating a more attractive business operating environment through our broader policy reform and governance programs.

Create shared value

Partnerships through the BPP will create scalable shared value partnerships that advance economic and social conditions in developing countries, based around three principles:

  • Development
    DFAT country, regional or global development objectives achieved.
  • Partnership
    Increase in number of businesses partnering with the aid program.
  • Business
    Partners’ commercial interests and social impact advanced.

BPP partnerships are primarily being created in one or more of the following ways:

  • Reconceiving products and markets
  • Redefining productivity in the value chain
  • Enabling local cluster development

What is shared value?

Shared value is defined as policies and practices that enhance the competitiveness of companies while improving social and environmental conditions in the regions where they operate. To qualify as shared value, there must be an identifiable economic benefit to the company as well as measurable impact on a social or environmental issue.

Last Updated: 28 September 2018