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Partnerships

At Concordia, we create new ways to partner. At the heart of our approach lies a belief that cross-sector partnerships can create innovative solutions to the greatest global challenges of our time. That’s why partnerships underpin our ethos, guide our engagement and, ultimately, drive our impact. Together with our community, we’re building partnerships that are bold, impact-driven, and rooted in transforming conversation into action.

How do we do it?

We provide cross-sectoral insight into global issues

With over 10 years of collaborative experience across all major industries and thematic areas, we can provide the insight and network necessary to advance meaningful conversations. In 2020, we partnered with Google to highlight their ‘Digital Sprinters’ framework focused on harnessing the digital transformation into sustainable, inclusive growth that could ultimately have tremendous ramifications on the global economic balance of power. We convened relevant stakeholders across the African and American continents to highlight the immense potential of emerging markets to leapfrog more established markets in terms of the economic impact of digitization.

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We serve as a conversation secretariat & establish lasting outcomes

Our non-partisan platform allows us to drive and manage conversations for our partners, sponsors, and members in a way that they may not be able to, prompting candidness and, ultimately, impact. In 2018, we partnered with Americares to drive forward discussions around disaster preparedness and community resilience. This partnership culminated in the identification of key obstacles to scaling preparedness approaches sourced across sectors, while highlighting successful examples of impact achieved through preparedness initiatives.

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We share resources, frameworks & best practices

Taking ideas from incubation to impact requires a tailored approach. We provide partnership-focused resources, including best practices, frameworks, and templates, which help strengthen partnership design and structure. Leveraging these resources, our annual P3 Impact Award, in collaboration with the University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, honors leading public-private partnerships (P3s) that improve communities and the world.

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We act as a neutral intermediary between partners

By utilizing our expertise and insight into partnering best practices around diverse issue areas, we are able to effectively connect, position, and fuel relationships between individuals and organizations to create a unique community of unlikely partners. Taking place each year, our Partnership Accelerators are dynamic, invitation-only working sessions that examine separate themes that shape a broader subject matter at hand, ultimately allowing for a rigorous deep dive into partnering best practices.

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We identify opportunities for alignment

With oversight of the entire Concordia community, our Partnerships Department identifies opportunities for collaboration across sectors, industries, and geographies. A prime example, the Concordia Action Alliance supports partnerships addressing natural disaster and pandemic preparedness and recovery on a year-round basis.

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