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P3 Impact Award

The P3 Impact Award was created by Concordia, the University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society, and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships to recognize and honor leading public-private partnerships (P3s) that improve communities and the world. Inaugurated in 2014, the P3 Impact Award is presented each fall at the Concordia Annual Summit in New York, New York*. The award seeks to highlight leading practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. For this award, a P3 refers to any cross-sector collaboration that features public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations and addresses societal problems.


*In 2020, for the 10th annual summit, concordia launched a five-day, fully digital Summit, where the 7th annual p3 impact award was presented.

2020 P3 Impact Award Winner

Congratulations to the 2020 P3 Impact Award, the Eye Bank of Ethiopia’s Elimination of Corneal Blindness Partnership!


About Eye Bank of Ethiopia Elimination of Corneal Blindness (EBE)

More than 12 million people worldwide suffer needlessly in the dark because of corneal blindness, making it one of the world’s leading causes of avoidable blindness, especially in low-and middle-income areas, such as Ethiopia where approximately 300,000 people are affected by corneal blindness. Eliminating corneal blindness requires patient access to good-quality, affordable eye care across all stages of life, the integration of corneal health services into primary healthcare systems, and access to transplant tissue. EBE, a public-private partnership between the Ethiopia Ministry of Health, SightLife, and the Himalayan Cataract Project, aims to serve as a model for development throughout Africa via the establishment of the first eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa, which will utilize global best practices, ensure a steady supply of tissue to the country, and drive cornea health system policy enablers. Since the initiation of the partnership, the EBE has met 100% of the demand for corneal tissue in Ethiopia and has completed 2,400 transplants with 70% of transplants being successful after 5 years.


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The P3 Impact Award team has appointed an independent panel of P3 experts to review and assess applications based on the award criteria. The judges, highlighted above, will assess the applications based on the partnership’s operational structure, measurable social impact, financial effectiveness, innovation, and scalability.


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The P3 Impact Award winner will be recognized on the main stage of the Concordia Annual Summit, the largest gathering alongside the United Nations General Assembly. Additionally, winners will receive a scholarship to attend a week-long Executive Education course at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the opportunity to be the subject of a case study published by Darden Business Publishing. All applicants will be considered for eligibility as participants, mentors, or speakers in the U.S. Department of State’s Boldline P3 Accelerator program. 


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The application is now closed. Judges will now score each submission based on criteria required on the application form. These are then combined to create an overall score for each entry and the highest scoring entries will determine the finalists.


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This year we are launching the inaugural P3 Impact Accelerator. This accelerator program is designed to help advance early-stage partnerships who may need support and guidance as they continue to work on achieving positive social impact.

Select early-stage partnerships who will not advance as finalists will be invited to participate in the Accelerator. 

P3 Impact Award Applicant Locations (2014 - 2019)