The US Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, Concordia, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 P3 Impact Award. The award recognizes public-private partnerships that role models (P3s) that provide solutions to urgent issues such as promoting an equitable economic recovery from COVID-19, improving access to quality education and health care, and using emerging technologies to improve lives by addressing climate crisis. A diverse independent judging panel selected the next five finalists for the 2022 Award based on operational structure, measurable social impact, financial sustainability, innovation, and Fostering partnerships:
Plastics Solutions Alliance – Timor-Leste
The Plastics Solutions Alliance (PSA) is a partnership between Mercy Corps, USAID, the Korea Organization for International Cooperation (KOICA), the European Union, Heineken, and Caltech General Contracting, which leverages private sector and development resources to develop “Plastic neutrality” in Timor-Leste. The PSA has two main objectives: 1) to reduce the use and inappropriate disposal of plastic, which exacerbates the risk of natural disasters and climate change through drainage structures, producing greenhouse gases when burns or is exposed to sunlight, which breaks down into harmful microplastics. The ocean’s ability to transform carbon into oxygen, and 2) the development of inclusive recycling, which will expand Timor-Leste’s small production base, bringing a measure of diversification to an oil-dependent economy, and providing sustainable employment and business opportunities. This multi-sector alliance simultaneously engages businesses to bring together the value chain, works with government to encourage policy reforms, raise awareness to drive behavioral change, and provide infrastructure for civil society to take part in it.
World Community Schools – Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama
World School is an international NGO with a mission to solve extreme poverty through the power of education in the poorest parts of Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama. The construction of “Community Schools” initiates a tripartite public-private partnership between local governments, Community Councils, and the World School. The partnership launched a five-year program in early childhood, elementary and middle school, and includes infrastructure, educational materials, teacher training, parent empowerment training and scholarships. The implementation strategy drives local ownership of the center’s key stakeholders, parents advocating for their children’s education. The long-term goal is for children to complete 10 years of schooling with the basic reading and life skills needed to escape extreme poverty.
SAMRIDH Healthcare Integrated Finance Center – India
Sustainable Market Access and Resources for Innovative Delivery of Health Care (SAMRIDH) is an integrated financial institution supported by USAID and implemented by IPE Global in collaboration with various stakeholders from government, philanthropic and finance, private sector, startups/accelerators and academia. SAMRIDH works to address weak health systems and chronic shortages of skilled workers and infrastructure in India, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. SAMRIDH combines venture capital with public and philanthropic grants to drive large-scale investment in market-based health solutions. SAMRIDH’s immediate mission is to bridge the supply gap in emergency medical services and accelerate India’s response to COVID-19. In the long term, it aims to strengthen comprehensive health services to improve access to affordable and quality health care in vulnerable communities and to build resilient health systems to effectively respond to future emergencies. .
Central American–United States Partnership
The Partnership for Central America (PCA) is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization launched in May 2021 to support Vice President Harris’ Call to Action for Central America, which has so far raised more than $3.9 billion in the private sector. Investment commitments in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Working with business and community businesses, PCA organizes and coordinates investments to grow the prospects of North America. To do this, PCA works to create jobs and economic opportunities, with a focus on women’s empowerment. The partnership has formal MOUs with the US Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among other various companies, civil society, and academic organizations. The PCA focuses on addressing the structural issues that contribute to the root causes of migration from North America, including low levels of private sector investment; low labor productivity; lack of skilled workers; and high levels of unemployment.
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation – Global
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) supports developing and most developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. Coalition projects cut red tape and end costly delays at borders by bringing governments and businesses of all sizes together as equal partners for targeted trade reform. Every project is based on a public-private partnership. The coalition builds consensus, including workshops, private public discussions, and special working groups, to provide digitization and other best practices. The consortium is led by the Center for Private International Business, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum, in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit. It is funded by the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the United States.
The winner of the P3 Impact Award will be announced at Concordia’s 2022 Annual Conference, taking place the week of September 19, 2022. The stakeholders representing the finalists will present their partnership in front of judges and an in-person and digital audience. Judges will evaluate each partnership based on the strength of the sector’s collaboration, measurable impact, economic benefits and community inclusion, innovation, financial effectiveness, and scale.
To learn more about each of the finalists and the award, please visit: https://www.concordia.net/p3impactaward/.
For more information, please contact the Office of International Partnerships at email@example.com or visit https://www.state.gov/s/partnerships. For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Bonner at BonnerML@state.gov.
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