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It’s not the sector you’re in. It’s the commitment you have

"If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together." It’s an African proverb quoted recently by Zahid Torres-Rahman, founding director of Business Fights Poverty in a Q+A round-up on Guardian Sustainable Business.

The subject in hand was the potential for cross-sector alliancesbetween businesses and NGOs and, by extension, governments. Which you could describe as high level co-production. And co-production, at all levels, is something for which Article 13 has long been a passionate advocate.

Few people would argue these days that we can ever fully realise a model of sustainable development without the proactive – and collaborative – involvement of governments, businesses, NGOs and communities at large. And across all sectors, across the world, we can see plentiful instances of exemplary thinking and acting as well as their opposites.

The point is that the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’ can no longer be defined in terms of the sector they are in but only in terms of what they actually do. And it can only be to the benefit of all of us if everyone with a genuine commitment to creating a sustainable future recognises their common cause.

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