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Private sector partnerships offer enormous scope for contribution to sustainable development. When companies make social and ecological concerns part of their business practice, it pays off. It’s increasingly recognized that environmental awareness and accountability is a social responsibility, a benefit to the bottom line, and a key component of effective development planning.

Working with partners is central to our nature at ICIMOD, and we’re committed to bringing about transformative change by improving the environmental conditions and livelihoods of the mountain and downstream communities we serve. We work hand-in-hand with an extended and diverse network of local, national, regional, and international partners.

From enhancing private sector partnerships, to fostering regional cooperation, to strengthening the capacity of our regional member countries (RMCs), we put partnership services at the centre of our operations and strategic decision-making.

Why the private sector is important

Entrepreneurial energy can tap into the huge potential for growth in our RMCs. As users of mountain resources, employers of mountain people, and members of the community, the private sector is the engine that drives the future of the HKH. It’s the private sector that creates employment and increases livelihood opportunities, determining the long-term prospects of communities and setting conditions for the preservation of invaluable natural resources and biodiversity.

It is also vitally important to involve the private sector in climate change adaptation. Many large multinational companies and brands now recognize the strategic relevance of integrating sustainable development into their core business strategies and across their spheres of influence. The role of the private sector in policy-making decisions and influence, at the national as well as global levels, is also increasingly visible and central to sustainable socioeconomic progress. Sustainable development requires partnerships with the private sector.

Prospective private sector partners
  • Agro-based companies
  • Irrigation and water equipment companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Infrastructure developers
  • Private forestry sector
  • Production sector
  • ICT companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Tourism industry
  • Herbal- and medicinal plant-related companies


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Partnerships with the private sector

We recognize that successful partnerships with the private sector can support enabling, sustainable, and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods. As a major driver of economic growth in the HKH, the private sector can provide jobs, create stable incomes, and enhance livelihood opportunities for mountain people in the region. ICIMOD believes that as users of mountain resources, the private sector also has a critical role in ensuring the long-term green economic growth of the region, as well as the protection of its invaluable resources and biodiversity.