Zielsdorf Family Partnership for Corporate Engagement

Bob and Fran Zielsdorf

The private sector is increasingly outspending governments and the rest of the public sector in global development investment. Investments from the private sector will shape nations, as well as impact businesses in communities throughout the world. The role of the private sector as a development actor is new, and is creating challenging ethical dilemmas for organizations as they enter poor nations with weak institutions and widespread corruption, which rob these nations of the very resources they require to drive their own development.

Recognizing the potential within this shifting landscape, Bob and Fran Zielsdorf made a generous gift to NDIGD in 2018 to establish the Zielsdorf Family Partnership for Corporate Engagement, which will enable NDIGD to strengthen our existing corporate partnerships and take our work with the private sector to the next level.

With this new support from the Zielsdorf Family, NDIGD will build and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with the private sector. NDIGD personnel will now have the resources to attend key industry conferences and fora to collaborate with leaders in the private sector and establish new connections between the private sector and our on-campus and other institutional partners. The Zielsdorf Family Partnership will also provide additional resources to support current and future projects between NDIGD and our corporate partners.

Additionally, NDIGD will use this new support to help sponsor engaging conferences and summits on issues related to corporate engagement and global development. Our staff is already working to develop one of these events, which will take place in June 2019 and focus on the future of work.