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Aligned closely with the Campaigns for Social Impact Series, Concordia’s research uncovers best practices and trends in the partnering space with the aim of providing governments, businesses, and nonprofits with the knowledge and tools necessary to engage effectively in innovative partnerships for social impact. Concordia’s research is conducted in partnership with leading global think tanks, research institutions, and socially conscious private corporations and address a broad range of issues.

Research for the Sustainable Development Goals

Concordia has partnered on two research projects related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to further practical insight on public-private partnerships in support of the 2030 Agenda. This research leverages Concordia’s robust SDG-oriented programming and Membership community towards achieving positive social impact. 




Concordia, in partnership with the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) and the International Peace Institute (IPI), is developing a research study on how businesses can contribute to the United Nation’s peace agenda through the SDGs and public-private partnerships. The study focuses on Goals 5 (gender equality), 8 (inclusive growth), 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies), and 17 (partnerships); it will highlight how the private sector is helping to achieve the global goals by changing their core business and by working with the UN, civil society, and governments through new partnerships. The study will also make recommendations on how to build trust between the public and private sectors. The findings are based on interviews conducted with businesses around the world, as well as draws from select SDGF case studies, in order to capture a truly global, representative guide of how the SDGs are being incorporated into a company’s strategy.



The 2030 Agenda states, “There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” The SDGs4Peace project asks how countries are operationalizing this link in practice to realize the 2030 Agenda’s holistic vision. The project focuses on five case studies: the Gambia, Greece, Guatemala, Lebanon, and Myanmar. Each of these case studies is based on fieldwork, including interviews with representatives of governments, the private sector, academia, and civil society. While these countries are at different levels of development, implementation of the 2030 Agenda provides them an opportunity to buttress existing aspirations as well as build new partnerships that transcend traditional approaches. This project also presents an opportunity to raise awareness about the SDGs and why they matter to local leaders and communities. By bridging the local with the global, it can highlight ways of working toward shared goals and adapting them to specific contexts. Concordia has partnered with the International Peace Institute on the Greek country case study.

CONCORDIA research fellowship program 

The recently launched Concordia Research Fellowship Program is designed to advance the academic study, documentation, and rigorous evaluation of P3s in order to increase understanding of their design, costs, challenges, impact, and best practices. Fellows are required to produce research papers, case studies, white papers, or toolkits that equip stakeholders to better engage and implement successful P3s. Research outputs are presented at Concordia’s events and other relevant platforms to help shape policy dialogue and decisions on P3 engagement. For more information, please contact Hanne Dalmut, Director of Social Impact, at hdalmut@concordia.net.

Concordia Partnership Index

The Concordia Partnership Index was developed as a tool for public, private, and nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities to form strategic partnerships and pool resources for the implementation of innovative ideas. The Index ranked countries based on their readiness and need to engage in public-private partnerships (P3s). The inclusion of the need indicators is what set the Index apart from other indices that measure P3 environments. While the success of a P3 depends on a country’s political and market structures, the Index recognized that for a P3 to be truly impactful it must address a large-scale need. The final installment of the Index was launched at the 2016 Concordia Annual Summit.

Launch the Index