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2017 P3 Impact Award Finalists

Below, you will find the finalists for the P3 Impact Award. The P3 Impact Award was created to recognize public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways. The award seeks to highlight best practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena.

10,000 Women

Anchored in research, The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative was launched in 2008 as an effort to foster economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with business education and access to capital. Having achieved its initial goal of providing 10,000 women entrepreneurs with business education, 10,000 Women expands its efforts to address one of the most significant barriers faced by women entrepreneurs around the world – access to capital to grow their businesses. In 2014, in partnership with International Finance Corporation, 10,000 Women launched the first ever global finance facility dedicated to women to enable up to 100,000 women entrepreneurs to access the capital. This public-private partnership has catalyzed new investments from both the public and private sectors, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, FMO, and AP2. To date, the Facility has committed over $600 million to banks in 17 emerging markets that will enable more than 30,000 women entrepreneurs to access capital.

Nourishing the Future

For over fifty years, CARE, a humanitarian organization, and Cargill have worked together to promote sustainability, food security, and nutrition by strengthening rural communities. Since 2008, this partnership has improved the lives of more than 300,000 people in eight countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As part of this effort, in Central America CARE and Cargill collaborate on a project called Nourishing the Future (NTF). The effort fosters more prosperous and resilient farming communities across 66 of the most marginalized communities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, reaching over 28,900 people. 

Partnering for Poultry

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation (“Partnering for Innovation”), a USAID program, and EthioChicken, a fast growing company in Ethiopia, partnered to further develop EthioChicken’s marketing and sales in smallholder markets. The partnership focused on two regions of Ethiopia, Amhara and Tigray, served by EthioChicken’s primary production site, Mekelle Farm. EthioChicken imports parent stock of two improved chicken varieties, hatches them, and sells the day-old chicks to its fully trained, decentralized salesforce of agents. The partnership specifically worked to advance the agent training and integrate a nutrition-centered marketing campaign. These two primary activities model how improving sales promotes nutrition-sensitive development while sparking a more vibrant local economy; in this case, one where agents tending a flock of 2,000 birds can expect to see an average $2,500 income increase. The partnership particularly impacts women because backyard poultry production requires little land and capital, to which women often don’t have access.

Sanitation Marketing Systems in Bangladesh

Though Bangladesh is nearly open defecation free, nearly half of latrines are unimproved or have broken water seals, which are needed to prevent the spread of disease. Resulting health losses are over 4 billion dollars, 5% of GDP (WSP, 2012). Central to this problem is the limited availability of quality latrine components and a belief that latrines without seals are not a problem. The SanMarkS project aims to reach 450,000 people with improved sanitation facilities by strengthening the entire sanitation market system: changing beliefs to increase demand for quality latrines, engaging corporate firms and local entrepreneurs to increase supply of quality components, and enlisting regulatory or social welfare support from public and development sectors. This partnership between the Bangladesh Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Unicef, iDE, and Rangpur Foundry Ltd. (RFL), demonstrates how cross-sectoral partnerships can facilitate scalable, sustainable access to improved sanitation.

Accenture and Upwardly Global Partnership

Upwardly Global (UpGlo) and Accenture are using technology to help skilled immigrants and refugees find sustainable employment and better integrate into the US economy. Two million skilled immigrants and refugees in the US are unemployed or in low-skill jobs despite advanced education and professional experience, and millions more globally face similar challenge. UpGlo has partnered with Accenture since 2011 to help this population find skill-appropriate employment. This partnership has enabled UpGlo expand its reach from four to more than 40 states, led to approximately 4,400 job seekers using online training, and approximately 2,000 of those job seekers securing employment. Moreover, program participants achieved an average starting salary of $51K in 2016. To build on this partnership, Accenture awarded UpGlo a 4-year, $3M grant in 2016 to expand UpGlo’s reskilling program and build UpGlo’s “Technical Assistance” offering to train US and global peer organizations to help skilled immigrants and refugees seek professional employment. The partnership expects to benefit 48,000 job seekers over the next four years.