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Practicalities of Partnership Building


Miguel Achury, Manager, Empropaz, Banco de las Microfinanzas Bancamia SA
Caitlin Baron, CEO, The Luminos Fund
Mary Baskerville, Partnerships, HP, Inc.
Alejandra Botero, Regional Manager for Planning and Impact Development, CAF- Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean
Thomas Debass, Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
Rebecca Distler, Strategist for AI, Data, and Digital Health, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
Dr. Mary Margaret Frank, Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Dr. Vidya Mani, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Cooper Miqueli, Manager, Partnerships, Concordia
Himanshu Sikka, Project Director, SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Finance Facility; Chief Strategy and Diversification Officer, IPE Global Limited
Stephanie Steege, Director of Humanitarian Programs, Airlink
Rob Tashima, Senior Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Abha Thorat-Shah, Executive Director, Social Finance, British Asian Trust


with Patron Programming Partners

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“There are core principles and practices that we can thoughtfully carry across different geographies, but education is inherently local.”

– Caitlin Brown

“As much as 75% of humanitarian funding is spent in the supply chain, from procurement and warehousing to transportation and customs clearance.”

– Stephanie Steege

“We know that those who sit closest to the health challenges are best positioned to help address them, which underscores the importance of supporting local entrepreneurs who are creating local solutions for local challenges.”

– Rebecca Distler

“It’s no longer just a cool thing to do, but it’s a must thing to do.”

– Thomas Debass

“We knew that even if we might fail in terms of our impact, we would be serving the children that we had sought to serve, and we’d be giving data to the system to show how learning happens during a crisis.”

– Abha Thorat-Shah

“How can we engage in a conversation, a growing conversation about how it is that we, as a cross-sector collaboration, are going to help address these global challenges?”

– Mary Margaret Frank

“How do you quantify peace? How do you quantify well-being? And yet that’s what we are grappling with right now.”

– Vidya Mani

“For Bancamia it’s very important to create social value to its clients as well as environmental value to its groups of interest, which is not the strategy of every financial institution.”

– Mauricio Achury

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Public-private partnerships (P3s) play a vital role in addressing global challenges. It is crucial to improve cross-sector collaboration by sharing information and maintaining a dedicated commitment to collaboration and learning in the coming decade.
  • The Accelerated Learning Program in Ethiopia, a partnership between the Luminos Fund and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, aims to provide quality education to marginalized children, helping them catch up on missed schooling in just one year with a 91% success rate. It prioritizes scalability and data-driven evaluation for future growth and resilience.
  • The Haiti Humanitarian Airbridge, managed by Air Link and funded by USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, exemplifies successful collaboration between the humanitarian, aviation, and logistics sectors to address emergency logistics challenges, emphasizing efficient, cost-effective supply transportation for timely aid delivery.
  • Emprendimientos Productivos para la Paz (EMPROPAZ) comprises partners across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are working to move the most vulnerable populations in Colombia away from chronic poverty. Through the culmination of both access to financial services and specialized business training; the partnership aims to promote the generation of legal income, transform territories and promote sustainable development in Colombia. 
  • The HealthTech Hub Africa facilitates partnerships between tech entrepreneurs and governments to improve healthcare in Africa. It supports local entrepreneurs and advocates for holistic innovation adoption in public health systems, emphasizing the role of AI and data.
  • Effective P3s need collaboration, innovation, governance, and sustainability. They’ve become integral to business models over the past decade, emphasizing their role in achieving both business objectives and social missions. The Quality Education India Development Impact Bond’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for flexibility, resourcefulness, and transformative change in education through philanthropy, private investment, and cooperation.