December 27, 2012

The Power of Partnerships: Global Partnership Initiative

In the 1960s, U.S. foreign aid comprised 70% of developing countries’ capital flow. Today, development assistance is less than 15% due to increased trade, investment, and private capital. With less resources and new challenges sweeping our planet, government needs to think differently about problem solving.

In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Global Partnership Initiative, promoting a new generation of public-private partnerships to strengthen foreign policy, maximize foreign aid impact, and enhance collaboration to solve problems. This collective action has inspired innovating new approaches to diplomacy and development.


The power of partnerships allows us to go the distance and accomplish far more together than we could apart. As a doorway for collaboration at the State Department, Global Partnership Initiative serves three key roles.

  1. Convener: Bringing people together across industries, sectors, and regions to work on shared issues
  2. Catalyst: Kick-starting new solutions through collective action and innovation
  3. Collaborator: Working closely to plan, implement, and realize best practices

What’s Been Achieved?

GPI has created a new model for global partnership and collaboration.

  • $650 Million in public and private resources have been committed to diplomacy and development
  • 1,100 partners reached since 2009
  • 6,500 private sector contacts have been cultivated

4 Flagship Initiatives

  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • Partners for a New Beginning
  • International Diaspora Engagement Alliance
  • Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Nearly half of the people in the world rely on toxic-emitting stoves and open fires to cook their meals each day, resulting in four million deaths annually. But thanks to the development of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and their creation of a cost-effective, clean cookstove market, millions of families will be able to adopt life-saving, eco-friendly cooking solutions.

  • $150 Million mobilized to build a thriving, clean cookstove global market
  • 38 Countries have joined the Alliance in developing countries from Asia and Africa to Latin America and beyond
  • ~500 partners have joined the initiative
  • 100 Million household to adopt clean cookstoves by 2020
  • 70% reduction in emissions with clean cookstoves

Partners For A New Beginning

With the Middle East and North Africa experiencing the world’s highest youth unemployment rate, sustaining an effective diplomacy and development strategy is a critical challenge. To help reverse the situation and strengthen links to the United States, Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) was kick-started to advance education, enhance employment opportunities, foster science and technology, and catalyze exchanges with local communities through programs and partnerships. Talk about a worthy investment!

  • 10 Countries have launched chapters including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Mauritania, Pakistan, and the Palestinian Territories
  • 40,000 youths to receive job training
  • 180 partnerships
  • 120 new projects launched
  • 20,000 new jobs to be created

International Diaspora Engagement Alliance

America is home to more immigrants than any other nation, sending billions of remittances annually to their families in developing countries. Yet, this global diaspora community as cultural and commercial ambassadors has largely been untapped. Unleashing this potential, the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) was created to harness these global connections to help improve lives in countries of origin and bridge understanding between nations.

ENGAGEMENT METHODS: Entrepreneurship, innovation, and giving

  • 1,500 diaspora community organizations engaged in idea sharing through online platforms
  • 4 Competitions to spur entrepreneurship in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands
  • Volunteer Program launched a volunteer program that connects skilled diasporans to origin communities in need
  • Mentorship Program promoting mentorship opportunities through a social network that connects mentors with mentees

Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships

As the population expands and resources become more constrained, economic growth around the world will be limited. To ensure a sustainable, prosperous future and tap new opportunities, the initiative for Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships (AMP) was launched as a collaboration platform to source business solutions that tackle social and environmental problems. The pilot program kicks off in Brazil and is focused on building sustainable cities and new recycling solutions.

We Start With

  • 1 Country
  • 10 Cities
  • 100 Investors
  • 1,000 Partnerships
  • 10,000 Houses
  • Scale & Replicate

A New Model For Diplomacy and Development: Global Partnership Initiative

GPI’s innovative partnership approach has been so successful, it is being replicated throughout the State Department and officially institutionalized.

Through public-private partnerships, we have fundamentally changed the way the State Department conducts diplomacy and development and inspired meaningful innovations that promote prosperity around the globe.

[This is a mobile copy of Key Partnership Achievements]

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