Real-World Solutions
for Sustainable Development

We are P4G – a network of world leaders seeking breakthroughs in green economic growth.

We target game-changing actions to supply humanity’s greatest needs: food, water, energy and healthy cities. Our partnerships bring together the best minds in business, government and civil society to develop high-impact, market-driven solutions for a just, inclusive world.

How P4G Works

We Support
the Best Ideas

P4G’s public-private partnerships pursue specific global development goals through market-based actions.

We support partnerships in three ways:

1. Funding   2. Facilitation   3. Recognition

How can we help your initiative or alliance? Tell us your ideas and what you need to take them to the next level.

We Connect
the World’s Do-ers

From CEOs to government ministers, our global network will influence policies and implement transformative ideas at scale. We will celebrate the best solutions and impact achieved at our biennial summits and other events.

We Are Focused on
What Works

Our partnerships are built on accountability and impact. This evidence-driven approach means we target partnerships with the highest chances of improving lives for current and future generations.

Are You a Do-er?

We believe that a dynamic collaboration between the public and private sectors will move our society toward its global development goals. We’re looking for like-minded leaders who can bring capital, partnership ideas, contacts and expertise. Join us in establishing a new economic model for the planet and its people.

1. Partnership Funding

P4G funds partnerships that have one or more of these characteristics:

  • They build business alliances with communities and government.
  • They rely on joint financing and innovative platforms.
  • They develop agreed common standards for sustainable data and reporting.
  • They help develop access to capital markets through coalitions.
  • They offer concrete, bankable solutions that are ready for large-scale investment.

2. Partnership Facilitation

We also provide non-financial support, such as convening investors, businesses, and governments around new business models, advocating for government policies that enable favorable market conditions, and matching known solutions to new market opportunities.

3. Partnership Awards

At our P4G summits and events, we recognize and highlight partnerships with the highest impact in delivering sustainable, inclusive growth.

Funding
Facilitation
Recognition

The P4G Partnership Fund guidelines are available here. See P4G Concept Note Scoring Criteria.

Partnerships can apply for P4G facilitation at any time. Our next funding application period will open in November 2018. To stay informed of P4G announcements, please sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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Name of Partnership
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Partnership Summary

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  1. overview
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  4. the Sustainable Development Goal(s) that the partnership addresses.
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Describe how the partnership came about, the status of the partnership, and name of current partners (indicate if there are any partners located in the country or countries where the activities will take place).

Implementation Strategy

Describe the implementation strategy of the partnership including description of the intended beneficiaries and target groups and stakeholders, include what desired changes/outcomes will the partnership lead to and how, and how success will be measured.

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What is the potential of the partnership to grow into a commercially viable venture (creating new markets and/or business/financial models)? What is the potential to scale up and replicate the venture?

Financial Structure & Time Frame

What is the overall budget of the partnership? How much funding is requested from P4G? How will the partnership cover its co-funding contribution (25% or 50%)? What time frame in months and years is the funding requested from P4G intended to cover?

P4G Value Added

Beyond financial assistance what other support is the partnership seeking from P4G

Risk Assessment

Describe key risks (contextual, programmatic and institutional) related to the partnership and ways in which the partnership will address issues of gender equality.

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P4G Initiative Launches in New York to Accelerate Sustainable Growth Through Innovative Partnerships

Today at the UN headquarters, leaders from government, business and civil society launched P4G, a pioneering new initiative to catalyze solutions for inclusive, sustainable economic growth.

P4G will create a space for innovative partnerships with businesses, national and city leaders, financiers, and community development advocates to develop and deploy powerful solutions in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Partners include the governments of Chile, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam, the C40 network of 91 major cities and leaders from business and international organizations.

Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet addressed the gathering, underscoring the importance of partnerships that can accelerate sustainable development across sectors and national borders.

Ethiopia Launches P4G National Platform

The Ethiopian government has launched a P4G national platform as part of its ambitious plan to achieve development through green growth. P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030), supported by the Danish government, is a space for innovative partnerships with businesses, national and city leaders, financiers, and community development advocates to work towards solutions in support of sustainable and inclusive development.

Speaking at the launch, which took place on the sidelines of the Global Green Growth Conference, Ethiopia’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Gemeldo Dallen Tussie, said Ethiopia, like other countries affected by the changing climate, needs to forge coalitions with different players to build resilience and sustainable growth.

"Involving the private sector plays a very important role if we are to meet the national and international long-term targets. I believe private-public partnerships will be critical in meeting the sustainable development goals and my country remains committed to encouraging and also closely working with the private sector," said the minister.

P4G Funding Opportunities for 2018

During its participation in the World Economic Forum, P4G will discuss the framework for its 2018 funding process, which will support public-private partnerships that have the potential to achieve specific global development goals through market-based actions.

Applications for funding will be posted on the site on February 5, 2018.

Partnership Fund Now Open for Applications

Starting February 5, prospective partners can apply for P4G funding by submitting a concept note that describes their partnership idea, the key organizations involved and how the partnership will lead to sustainable economic growth in large or multiple markets. The deadline for submitting concept notes is March 30. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a detailed proposal.

New Fund to Develop and Accelerate Partnerships
For Sustainable Development and Growth

Do you have ideas that can lead to more sustainable development such as increasing access to food, water and clean energy? Are you already bringing together public and private partners in innovative ways to create new markets and business models? If so, your partnership may qualify for co-funding of up to $1 million and receive valuable facilitation support and recognition.

P4G, Partnering for Green Growth, a new initiative to identify and inspire partnerships that advance sustainable global growth, will provide funding of $1 million or $100,000 to winning partnerships. The P4G Partnership Fund has a total of up to $4 million available for selected partnerships in 2018. To qualify, applicants must consist of both commercial and non-commercial partners (such as governments and non-profit organizations).

“We seek breakthrough ideas from partnerships that can use P4G funding and support to demonstrate success and become profitable ventures,” said Ian de Cruz, P4G global director. “If the countries of the world are going to meet their sustainable development goals, we need these partnerships to succeed to stimulate even greater innovations in the future.”

To qualify, applicants should focus on one or more of the following areas: agriculture and food, water, energy, cities, and sustainable use of resources. Partnerships applying to the P4G funds must meet one or more of these characteristics:

  • They build business alliances with communities and government.
  • They rely on joint financing and innovative platforms.
  • They develop agreed common standards for reporting data.
  • They help develop access to capital markets through coalitions.
  • They offer solutions that are ready for large-scale investment.

Partnerships can apply online to P4G through March 30, 2018. P4G will then evaluate the initial applications and notify those selected to complete a more detailed application process. Winners will be announced at the P4G Summit being held in Copenhagen in October.

P4G workshops in Ethiopia and Kenya advance partnership concepts

The East African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya have a combined population of more than 150 million people. The rapid economic growth and increasing urbanization in both countries present sustainability challenges and opportunities. In mid-February, P4G through the support of national platforms and the Danish embassies convened business, government, and civic leaders for workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss these issues and how potential public-private partnerships could advance scalable, sustainable-solutions.

In Ethiopia, participants advanced partnership ideas around agriculture such as support for sustainable coffee for export and livestock intensification and how best to create a favorable market for wind energy investments for utility-scale and smaller off-grid applications. The Ethiopia national platform meetings were supported by Government of Ethiopia, the Global Green Growth Institute, and the Danish embassy in Ethiopia, led by Ambassador Mette Thygesen.

Organized by the Government of Kenya, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and the Danish embassy in Nairobi, the Kenyan workshop attracted more than 120 participants. Representatives of Kenya’s Ministries of Planning and Finance, Housing, Vision 2030 Secretariat, and the Environment shared details of the country’s Vision 2030 and big four priorities. Under this plan, Kenya has prioritized economic, social, and political objectives to guide its sustainable growth. The P4G discussion centered around opportunities for partnerships in key areas such as agriculture/food, housing, manufacturing, and health. These partnership ideas included:

  • assistance to grow Kenya’s sustainable coffee for export industry to consumer markets in Europe and North America and its potential replication in the dairy industry;
  • expertise and support for creating “sustainability special economy zones” for industrial parks that incorporate sustainability development best practices of zero waste, water-to-energy, reduced water and energy use;
  • development of a new plastics economy; and
  • support for new financing models to increase the adoption of energy efficiency in buildings.

P4G’s national platform in Kenya is the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). With 500,000 members, KEPSA is the umbrella body for private sector associations and corporate bodies in all sectors of the economy. It provides a platform for its members to engage in high-level public policy dialogue with relevant government ministries and agencies at both national and county government level. As the convener of the private sector to the platform, KEPSA has pledged to support the national P4G platform and accelerate innovative partnerships which can then act as engines for change and transformations for solving systemic challenges to green growth and sustainable development.

“Even as we think of financing public-private partnerships and linking the green growth agenda with Kenya’ development priorities, it is important to remember that we have to work together as stakeholders in order to maximize our bottom-line and accelerate economic transformation at the least cost to the environment,” said KEPSA’s Chairman Nick Nesbitt.

“The workshops and meetings in Ethiopia and Kenya demonstrate the value of the P4G model to bring together business, government, and civil society organizations to make connections, share knowledge, and to collaborate on scalable solutions,” said P4G Global Director, Ian de Cruz. “The connections that are being made in country, regionally and with experts from around the world will accelerate the development of partnerships emerging from these P4G workshops.”

P4G Scoring Criteria for Concept Notes

By March 30th all Concept Notes must be submitted either through the P4G web portal or directly to the email address info@p4gpartnerships.org. After that time the concept notes will be evaluated according to the below criteria and the procedures described in the “P4G Partnership Fund Guidelines for Applicants” which is available on the website. We anticipate that our final selection of partnerships will, as a whole, be balanced across our geographies and sectors.

All partnerships will be screened for eligibility, according to the requirements laid out in the “P4G Partnership Fund Guidelines for Applicants” on the website. Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • The partnership includes both commercial and non-commercial partners; The recipient organization is a non-commercial entity (NGO, business member organization or similar) but not an academic or public institution or multilateral organization;
  • The proposed activities are located in and/or benefit a developing or emerging economy under the ODA/DAC list of eligible countries;
  • The partnership address one or more of the P4G five Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) focus areas: agriculture and food, water, energy, cities, and circular economy;
  • The partnership is at either the start-up or scale-up phase; the partnership shows cost share of 25% for start-up and 50% for scale-up.

Concept Note Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Relevance – Relevance and demand within the national context of the country or countries where the activities will take place, and the extent to which the partnership promotes market-based solutions to one or more of the five SDG focus areas.
  2. Impact – Degree of overall impact in the country or countries where the activities will take place, and the ability of the partnership to meaningfully contribute to systems change that will advance overall green economic growth in the relevant sector with positive social and environment benefits aligned to the SDGs.
  3. Innovation and growth potential – An innovative strategy that addresses a business, development, operational and/or financial (or similar) breakthrough need or gap that must be overcome to enable forward movement toward the SDGs. The potential for scalability across the sector or country/countries.
  4. Additionality – Demonstrates the need and value added of the funds (i.e. something that the private sector, public sector, and bilateral or multilateral donors don’t traditionally cover).
  5. Implementation – The extent to which the concept is built on a sound and realistic approach, with the capacity to succeed in carrying out its activities in the selected country or countries. Robustness and management capacity of the partnership and administrative partner, and a clear financial plan.

P4G Accepting Applications for Partnership Facilitation

P4G received over 400 submissions from partnerships seeking P4G facilitation and funding support in the initiative’s first open application period, which concluded March 30. This initial wave of interest is an exciting first step in P4G’s aim to accelerate high-impact, market-driven solutions for a sustainable world.

While the initial application for the 2018funding period is closed, P4G will continue to accept and consider applications for partnership facilitation throughout the year. Partnerships interested in applying for P4G facilitation support should complete the application form on P4G’s website.

In the coming months, P4G expects to select between 10-15 partnerships for co-funding. The size of the funds will vary between under $100,000 for those partnerships seeking to validate a sustainability business concept to under $1 million for those partnerships that need support to pilot or grow a sustainability venture. P4G expects to notify partnerships selected for funding under $100,000 by July 2018. Partnerships selected for co-funding of between $100,000 to $1 million will be notified in September 2018 and public announcements made in October 2018 at the P4G Summit to be held in Copenhagen. P4G will be announcing a new application period for partnership funding in November 2018.

In addition to co-funding support, P4G also provides a range of non-financial facilitation support to partnerships, including: connecting investors, businesses and governments around new models to address barriers to sustainable economic growth; convening key stakeholders to discuss and advance policies that enable favorable market conditions; matching known solutions to new market opportunities; and identifying other untapped areas for growth across the green economy.

In addition to progressing on the Initiative’s forthcoming co-funded partnerships, P4G looks forward to identifying breakthrough opportunities for facilitation that connect stakeholders and improve the global potential for sustainable economic growth.

P4G Frequently Asked Questions

About P4G

Q.1 What is the mission of P4G?

A.1 P4G brings together governments, businesses and civic society organizations in innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions to humanity’s greatest needs within the following sectors: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy.

Q.2 Who are the P4G partners?

A.2 P4G works in partnership with countries and global organizations addressing sustainability issues. P4G’s initial partner countries include: Chile, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, and Vietnam. Partner organizations include: the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities, the World Economic Forum, and the World Resources Institute. Other countries and partners are expected to join P4G in 2018.

Q.3 How will P4G accomplish its mission?

A.3 P4G works with its partners at the global, regional and national levels to identify public-private partnerships that present solutions to humanity’s greatest needs as related to food, water, energy and sustainable development. P4G then offers facilitation and/or co-funding support and recognition to these partnerships to help prove the validity of a business model, launch a pilot or accelerate growth to create a sustainable venture. We also convene government, business and civil society leaders at events such as our biennial summit, meetings, workshops and webinars and share knowledge through publications and on our website.

Q.4 What is a P4G partnership?

A.4 A P4G partnership should result in systems-level changes that can be scaled and replicated with a focus on one or more of the following areas: food/agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities and the circular economy. Partnerships applying to P4G grants must meet one or more of the following characteristics:

  • They build business alliances with communities and government.
  • They rely on joint financing and innovative platforms.
  • They develop agreed common standards for reporting data.
  • They help develop access to capital markets through coalitions.
  • They offer solutions that are ready for large-scale investment in developing or emerging economies (ODA/DAC countries).

Q.5 How is the organization funded?

A.5 The Danish government has provided initial funding for P4G through a five-year grant.

Q.6 How much is P4G funded?

A.6 The initial funding from the Danish government is for US$33 million over five years, which covers annual funding for the Partnership Fund and operational support.

Q.7 Is P4G seeking other funders?

A.7 Yes. P4G welcomes additional funding partners to support furthered co-funding of breakthrough partnerships that support sustainable growth in developing and emerging countries.

Q.8 What is the connection between P4G and the World Resources Institute?

A.8 The World Resources Institute (WRI) has agreed to host the P4G Global Hub, which serves as both the secretariat and implementing agency for the P4G initiative. The Global Hub is located at WRI’s Washington, D.C. office. While P4G benefits from the expertise and global reach of the WRI team, it is prohibited from providing any direct funding to WRI for its programs.

Q.9 How is P4G different from its predecessor 3GF?

A.9 The Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) helped lay the groundwork for P4G by bringing together leading businesses, investors, organizations and key public institutions to plan for long‐term global and inclusive green growth. P4G is different because it moves past the planning stage and is working to incubate and accelerate public-private partnerships that offer the most potential impact for sustainable development. P4G does this by providing facilitation, co-funding and recognition.

Q.10 What is P4G's unique value-add, given there are many other partnering initiatives?

A.10 P4G will advance partnerships which create systematic change that can be scaled and replicated to drive sustainable economic growth. Our partnerships will promote innovative approaches to solve important challenges in five major categories of sustainability: food/agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities and the circular economy. It is solely dedicated to this mission for at least the next five years with plans to continue this ideally to 2030. The national platforms provide a strong place-based foundation for the development of a pipeline of P4G partnerships.

Q.11 What is the governance structure of P4G?

A.11 P4G is governed by a board of directors, which consists of government ministers, CEOs and other leaders from institutions committed to pursuing sustainable development. Ian de Cruz serves as P4G’s Global Director and leads the initiative’s Global Hub, which is based in Washington, D.C. and serves as the implementing agency and secretariat for the P4G initiative. Each P4G country partner is engaged at the government level and establishes a national platform to direct P4G outreach activities in that country.

Q.12 How were the country members selected?

A.12 The initial country platforms were countries that had been involved in the former Global Green Growth Forum (3GF): a Danish-led collaboration of countries, partner organizations, and leading companies working on sustainability issues. These are: Chile, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea and Vietnam. We expect other countries to join P4G partners in the months ahead.

Q.13 What does it mean to be a country member?

A.13 Participating countries agree to set up a country platform with the collaborative involvement of government ministries at a senior level, business organizations and leaders and civil society organizations to identify and support public-private partnerships. They sponsor convenings, share knowledge, make connections and pursue funding opportunities to grow the partnerships in their countries. Each country also gains access to the global P4G network, where they benefit from cross-border collaborations and convenings, such as the P4G Summit being held in Copenhagen in October 2018.

Q.14 Can other countries become members? If so, how?

A.14 Yes. P4G expects to welcome additional country partners who are committed to advancing the goals of P4G, in collaboration with the private sector. Interested countries should contact P4G’s global director, Ian de Cruz.

Q.15 What is the role of partner organizations?

A.15 P4G partner organizations contribute valuable expertise, resources and contacts to help identify and support public-private partnerships throughout the world. Our initial partner organizations are the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities, the World Economic Forum and the World Resources Institute. We expect to work with our leading organizations to bring additional knowledge in areas such as financing, green technology and sustainable development.

About the P4G Facilitation, Funding and Recognition

Q.16 How does P4G support partnerships?

A.16 P4G supports partners in three key ways. First, we provide facilitation support to partnerships to help them evolve their business model; connect them to organizations and people that can provide expertise; and share knowledge to support their growth. Second, we provide co-funding to partnerships to help partners incubate and accelerate breakthrough solutions that address one or more of our focus areas: food/agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities and the circular economy. And third, we publicly recognize P4G partnerships at high-profile events and media promotion to bring valuable visibility to their work and business models.

Q.17 How does a partnership apply for P4G facilitation support?

A.17 Public-private partnerships that meet the P4G criteria can apply on the P4G website: P4Gpartnerships.org. We accept partnership facilitation applications all year long.

Q.18 How can partnerships apply for funding?

A.18 Partnerships should complete a short online concept questionnaire on the P4G website, P4Gpartnerships.org. The deadline for this first step of the application process is March 30, 2018. We expect to open another funding application round in November 2018.

Q.19 What are the requirements for qualifying for funding?

A.19 The full set of criteria and requirements are in the P4G Partnerships Guidelines on our website at http://www.p4gpartnerships.org/#are-you-a-do-er

Q.20 How will P4G funding partnerships be selected?

A.20 A set of qualifying criteria will be evaluated for each concept note; these criteria are listed here: http://www.p4gpartnerships.org/#are-you-a-do-er.
An independent technical adviser will conduct the evaluation and scoring along with the P4G Global Hub and strategic input from the P4G board of directors. Amounts over $100,00 and up to $1 million will require approval from the P4G Board of Directors.

Q.21 What is the total amount of available funding in 2018?

A.21 Up to US $4 million. We expect to select between 5 to 10 partnerships for P4G funding in 2018. The size of the funds will vary between up to under $100,000 for those partnerships seeking to validate a sustainability business concept to under $1 million for those partnerships that need support to pilot or grow a sustainability venture.

Q.22 When will partnerships selected for funding be notified and when can they expect to receive funds?

A.22 P4G will be notifying partnerships in May that will be asked to prepare a full proposal for consideration for final funding. P4G will notify partnerships selected for $100K funding and under (via an accelerated process) prior to July 31st. P4G expects to directly notify partnerships selected for final funding (over $100K and up to $1million) in September 2018 and make a public announcement at the P4G Summit, October 19-20, 2018.

Q.23 Will preference be given to funding requests from P4G partner countries?

A.23 No. P4G’s staff, board and appointed outside experts will review and select those partnerships that best represent the criteria established for funding. We expect that some partnerships may involve organizations in the P4G partner countries or be intended to support sustainable development in one or more P4G partnerships. The value of being a P4G country partner is in the collaboration and knowledge- sharing between other country partners, partner organizations and sustainability experts. Being a partner is not directly related to the P4G Partnership Fund.

Q.24 Are the funds for one year only or can they be renewed for multiple years?

A.24 As a general rule, it is expected that the funding will be for a maximum of 2 years. In certain cases, if no activities and drawdown on the funds are undertaken within the first six months, the funding may be considered inactive and subject to cancellation and recovery of any funds transferred.

Q.25 Will all P4G partnerships that receive funds also receive public recognition?

A.25 Yes. P4G will publicly promote every partnership it funds.

Q.26 Can an organization submit more than one funding application?

A. 26 Yes, however, each specific partnership may only apply for funding once.

Q.27 Will funding requests for 2018 only be accepted until March 30, 2018?

A.27 Yes. However, P4G expects to issue a new round for funding applications in November 2018. Available funding following this second application round will be provided in 2019.

Q.28 Can a funding applicant revise its submission?

A.28 Yes. An applicant should resubmit the application online and add “Revised” to title of the submission. Revisions will only be accepted prior to the application deadline.

Q.29 In what language should the application for funding be submitted?

A.29 Applications should be submitted in English.

Q.30 What is the distinction between start-up and scale-up partnerships?

A.30 Start-up: Promising early stage partnerships (emerging partnerships) that need support to consolidate the partnership or test the feasibility of innovative approaches.
Scale-up: Partnerships that are already engaged in promising business-driven green growth innovations but need support to scale up and accelerate their impact.

Q.31 Which countries are eligible?

A.31 There is no requirement to where the partners should be located (they can be located in any country). The requirement is focused on the intended outcomes of the partnership which should be for the benefit of a country that is within the OECD -DAC list. If the partnership activities are multi-country, regional or international (including in non-OECD-DAC countries) then the eligibility of the partnerships will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Q.32 Does P4G have a preference for partnerships that focus on least developed countries rather than those in lower middle-income countries?

A.32 Currently, there are no differences in scoring for partnerships that focus on least developed vs. lower middle-income countries.

Q.33 What type of partners are required in a partnership?

A.33 The partnership should consist of both commercial and non-commercial partners (public sector bodies, civil society, business member organizations, trade unions or others that operate on a non-profit basis).

Q.34 Is there a required minimum number of partners?

A.34 The minimum number of partners in a partnership is two. The partnership should consist of at least a commercial and non-commercial partner.

Q.35 Can a single institution apply for funding?

A.35 No. Only partnerships consisting of both commercial and non-commercial partners are eligible.

Q.36 Is a public sector/government institution required in a partnership?

A.36 The requirement is for a partnership to consist of commercial and non-commercial partners. To meet the requirement, the non-commercial partner can be a public sector/government institution or civil society, business member organizations, trade unions or others that operate on a non-profit basis.

Q.37 Can a partner also be the beneficiary of the partnership?

A.37 Yes. There is no formal requirement as to whether the partners in a partnership are or not also beneficiaries.

Q.38 Do you consider a municipally owned entity a non-commercial partner?

A.38 Yes. However, as a public institution, a municipality or a municipally owned entity cannot be the administrative partner.

Q.39 Are publicly owned utilities considered a non-commercial partner?

A.39 Yes. However, as a public institution, a publicly owned utility cannot be the administrative partner.

Q.40 Can an association be considered a partnership?

A.40 No. An association would be considered a single organization. Note, an association can apply as the non-commercial partner.

Q.41 Can members from the same association form individual partnerships to apply for funding?

A.41 Yes.

Q.42 Should all partners be legally-registered entities?

A.42 No. There is no requirement for all partners to be legally-registered entities. However, some of the partners should be legally registered to be considered a commercial or non-commercial partner.
The administrative partner must be a legally-registered entity.

Q.43 Are there any requirements as to how the commercial partner should be constituted?

A.43 No, there are no requirements regarding the ownership structure or organizational set-up of the commercial partner.

Q.44 Is a partnership agreement or memorandum of understanding required for the concept note stage?

A.44 No. However, a partnership agreement or memorandum of understanding will be required at the detailed proposal stage and before receiving funding.

Q.45 Are start-up partnerships receiving funding this year eligible for scale-up funding in future calls for proposals?

A.45 Yes.

Q.46 What type of organization can be an administrative partner?

A.46 Where the partnership is not a legal entity, one of the partners should be the administrative partner and the signatory of the funding agreement, and assume overall responsibility on behalf of the partnership.
The administrative partner should be a non-commercial entity (NGO, business member organization or similar) but not an academic or public institution or multi-lateral organization – unless a waiver is given.

Q.47 How can we request a waiver?

A.47 Please contact the P4G team prior to submitting your concept note.

Q.48 Can a B-Corp be an administrative partner?

A.48 A B-Corp is considered a commercial entity so it is not eligible to be an administrative partner. B- Corps can participate as a partner in a partnership.

Q.49 Can a multilateral organization be an administrative partner?

A.49 No. Although a multilateral organization is considered a non-commercial entity, it is not eligible to be an administrative partner. Multilateral organizations can participate as a partner in a partnership.

Q.50 What amount is required for co-funding?

A.50 Start-up: The partnership is required to provide 25 percent of the current partnership’s budget as co-funding. For example, if the partnership’s budget (of eligible expenses and co-funding) to implement its activities is $80,000 then P4G funds can be $60,000 and the partnership will need to provide $20,000 as co-funding.
Scale-up: The partnership is required to provide 50 percent of the current partnership’s budget as co- funding. For example, if the partnership’s required budget (of eligible expenses and co-funding) to implement its activities is $2 million then P4G funds can be $1 million and the partnership will need to provide $1 million as co-funding.

Q.51 Are all partners in the partnership required to contribute co-funding to the partnership?

A.51 There is no formal requirement for what amount each partner in the partnership must contribute to the co-funding. However, if the partnership is applying for funding, then the partnership must demonstrate that they have the total co-funding required.

Q.53 What co-funding is eligible?

A.53 Eligible co-funding must be contributed in support of the partnership’s activities described in the application. The partnership will need to provide a letter of commitment or similar document explaining the nature and expected date to receive the co-funding. Eligible co-funding includes salary expenses of commercial and non-commercial partners, in-kind inputs and/or other donor funds.

About the P4G Summit/State of the Art Report

Q.54 What is the P4G Summit?

A.54 The P4G Summit is a high-level convening of business, government and civic leaders from around the world. Those in attendance will discuss and decide how to best accelerate public-private partnerships for the green economy. The Summit will showcase breakthrough partnerships that address advancements for sustainable food/agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities and the circular economy.

Q.55 When and where is the 2018 P4G Summit?

A.55 The first P4G Summit will take place in Copenhagen, October 19-20, 2018.

Q.56 Who can attend the P4G Summit?

A.56 The P4G Summit is an invitation-only event extended to CEOs, government leaders, heads of P4G partner organizations, media and others.

Q.57 Is there a cost associated with attending?

A.57 Invited attendees need only cover travel and accommodations.

Q.58 How often will the P4G Summit be held?

A.58 The P4G Summit will be held every two years.

Q.59 What is the State-of-the-Art Report?

A.59 P4G will produce periodic reports that provide valuable knowledge on the state of public-private partnerships in support of sustainable development in developing and emerging countries. As P4G partnerships are established, P4G will report on lessons learned to expand knowledge on partnerships to grow the green economy. Our first state-of-the-art report will be published in 2020.

P4G March 29, 2018

Denmark’s State of Green Steps Forward as P4G’s First National Platform

P4G aims to become the world’s leading forum for public-private partnerships driving the new climate economy. The Initiative’s network of national platforms, countries and organizations brings a diverse background of resources and expertise to this goal, underscoring P4G’s capacity to connect leaders and accelerate progress in the green economy. This month, P4G highlights State of Green: Denmark’s official green branding organization and the Initiative’s first national platform.

State of Green is a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership founded by the Danish Government and Denmark’s four leading business organizations: the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Danish Energy Association, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the Danish Wind Industry Association.

Denmark has been an international pioneer since the 1970s in pushing the green transition. By 2050, Denmark intends to become the first country in the world entirely independent of fossil fuels. Already, almost 60 percent of electricity consumed in Denmark is based on renewables.

“State of Green aims to usher Denmark towards this achievement and thus, into a position of global leadership in driving successful economic solutions for a greener, more sustainable world,” said Finn Mortensen, Executive Director of State of Green. “We are excited about being the national Danish P4G platform and facilitating collaboration between Danish public and private stakeholders and P4G partnerships around the world.”

P4G and State of Green share focus areas in the respective realms of food/agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities and the circular economy. “Crossover in these realms will open both partnerships to a wealth of resources and access to innovation; broadening the scope of P4G and State of Green’s individual and collaborative impacts,” Mortensen adds.

P4G’s collaboration with State of Green is an essential component to the Initiative’s global impact. State of Green has already connected several leading Danish companies and civil society organizations with partnerships applying for P4G funding and facilitation support. At the P4G Summit in Copenhagen in October, State of Green will showcase some of Denmark’s innovative technological solutions in the P4G sector areas, including by way of site visits for participants.

“State of Green is an ideal partner for P4G,” said Ian de Cruz, P4G global director. “They have extensive experience working with public-private partnerships and private sector companies who are global leaders in many key sectors, such as wind energy, food and water infrastructure.”

Cruz says State of Green will benefit from its role as a country platform by having greater access to governments and emerging markets who share Denmark and P4G’s ambitious intentions towards a sustainable future.

In partnership, P4G and State of Green will capitalize upon shared goals and networks to lead the global transition to a green growth economy.

P4G Takes Root in Vietnam and The Republic of Korea

P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz and P4G Engagement and Strategy Director Leila Surratt visited Vietnam and The Republic of Korea—two P4G partner countries—last month to meet with Initiative partners and unearth possibilities for continued collaboration.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from the Danish embassies in each partner country and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) worked alongside P4G to facilitate high-level meetings and build understanding of how P4G can support both countries with their national priorities. Their support allowed P4G and leaders from Vietnam and South Korea to accelerate ideas and plans for action.

P4G’s presence in Vietnam was emboldened by an engaged and committed network of business and government leaders looking to attract private sector investment to accelerate the country’s transition to an emerging green growth economy. As a booming manufacturing economy and an international supplier of staples like coffee and pepper, Vietnam has the potential to set a global example of how to reshape flourishing markets in a greener, more sustainable vision.

Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, General Secretary of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) sees ample opportunity for Vietnamese collaboration with P4G to implement new market strategies that have the potential to become regional and potentially international models.

“Among the 17 SDGs, the final goal is to ‘revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.’ Accordingly, I highly appreciate how the P4G Initiative will help foster multi-stakeholder collaboration across the world and in Vietnam particularly, thus accelerating our journey to a sustainably transformed world. Without a doubt, P4G will also take a central role in guiding the global business community towards realizing its initiatives towards green growth.”

P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz remarked, “P4G is excited to support and help accelerate the transformation already occurring in Vietnam; for example, in collaboration with Vietnam's Centre for Excellence on the Circular Economy.”

The Republic of Korea has a well-established reputation as a global leader and pioneer in the area of green growth as illustrated by the Korean-Denmark Green Growth Alliance that is now in its eighth year. With P4G, leaders in Korea have already begun discussions on how to boldly experiment towards the future with innovative examples of how to implement a global green growth economy.

Dr. Kwon Sei-joong, Director-General of the Director-General of the Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized Korea’s strong interest in heralding the next phase of international innovation towards green growth.

“P4G will be very helpful in identifying ways in which Korea can support and innovate around the international agenda of green growth. We look forward to working with P4G and building on the excellent collaboration we have with the Danish Government on this agenda,” said Kwon.

Prime Minister Rasmussen of Denmark Announces P4G Summit

APRIL 26, COPENHAGEN: Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark today announced that Copenhagen will host the very first P4G Summit on October 19 and 20, 2018.

The P4G Summit will gather Heads of States and Government, leaders of international organizations, businesses, academia and civil society to form a powerful coalition for delivering on the sustainable development goals through innovative partnerships. Already, P4G is expecting participation from South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

The Summit will showcase partnerships of large-scale impact, highlighting P4G partnerships selected for funding and facilitation while also drawing upon the P4G network of partners, organizations and individuals to inspire furthered connection for scaling up innovative climate solutions.

Thematically, the P4G Summit in Copenhagen will highlight “healthy cities” as one of the Initiative’s five focus areas. The Initiative recognizes rapid urbanization – and the necessity for health and sustainability in these growing spaces -- as a high demand area for green growth solutions.

The P4G Copenhagen Summit marks an important first step in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As partnerships emerge it will be critical to move quickly to define process and progress for each partnership.

For more information about the P4G Summit, visit the P4G website at p4gpartnerships.org or the Summit Homepage at p4gsummit.org.

World Economic Forum and The Government of Colombia Partner with P4G

At the P4G Global Hub Launch on April 20, World Economic Forum and the Government of Colombia announced their official engagement with P4G. The Forum joins the Initiative as its newest organizational partner, positioning itself alongside C40 Cities, Global Green Growth Institute and World Resources Institute. Colombia joins seven other countries as P4G’s newest country partner, extending the breadth of P4G’s network to new economies and opportunities to scale.

World Economic Forum is the international organization for public-private cooperation, engaging foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Forum holds a range of high-level events to share knowledge and foster discussion, including their annual meeting held annually in Davos, Switzerland.

Terri Toyota, The Forum's Deputy Head of International Institutional Agenda and Member of the Executive Committee commented, “The Forum looks forward to working with P4G to sow the seeds for more empowered green growth partnerships. That P4G shares World Economic Forum's core concept of bringing people together to drive positive change makes our involvement with the Initiative a special opportunity to build diverse networks and identify truly innovative solutions for an inclusive, sustainable future.”

Colombia is currently working to establish green growth as a key framework for the country’s national development plan. As a P4G country partner, Colombia will gain access to both the resources and solutions that the P4G network generates, thus supporting their national initiative towards inclusive, environmentally sustainable progress.

The Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC, remarked that as part of its national development plan, the country has been looking to build capacity to support greening initiatives, support implementation projects for green solutions and champion a long-term vision of commitment to green growth. The embassy added that the Government of Colombia sees this partnership with P4G as an opportunity to make progress in each of these three areas.

P4G team leaders Leila Yim Surratt, Head of Engagement, and Hans Alarcon, Head of Operations, met with government and business leaders in Bogotá, Colombia in April early Maye groundwork for P4G’s national platform in the country.

Ian de Cruz, P4G Global Director, emphasized how both partners will be significant players in helping P4G reach its goal of becoming the world’s leading forum for public-private partnerships, “World Economic Forum, with its well-aligned goals, strong network of thought leaders and world-class events, provides P4G an expanded platform to advance its mission. At the same time, the Government of Colombia brings to P4G a whole new set of changemakers looking to lead sustainable and inclusive global development in Latin America.”

P4G Global Hub Launch Shines the Spotlight on Collaboration

P4G launched its Global Hub last month by welcoming international leaders from government, business and civil society to the Initiative’s inaugural Board Meeting in Washington, DC. Over 40 attendees from P4G's eight partner countries – Denmark, Kenya, Ethiopia, The Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia and Mexico – and organizational partners C40 Cities, Global Green Growth Institute, World Economic Forum and World Resources Institute, joined a discussion that underscored P4G’s mission to support innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions for food and agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities and the circular economy.

The meeting was co-hosted by P4G Board of Directors co-chair Ulla Tørnæs, Minister of Development Cooperation, Denmark and Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute, which is the managing partner for P4g.

“Wherever I go, whether home or abroad, when I meet businesses, NGOs, heads of states of government, international organizations and civil society, I have encountered nothing but huge interest in and support for P4G,” Tørnæs remarked.

Steer echoed this international and cross-sectoral captivation with P4G by emphasizing its necessity: “In today’s world, the important initiatives that make the biggest differences are actually multi-stakeholder. They involve the public sector, they involve the private sector. What P4G is trying to do, and will succeed in doing, is to identify some of the most exciting ideas out there and support them, elevate them, encourage them, hold them accountable and move them forward.”

Board members from the public sector emphasized how P4G’s network will be essential to delivering results based on what governments around the world are working to make possible. Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury of Kenya Henry Rotich noted P4G’s foundational role in implementing Kenya’s 5-year sustainable development agenda. Ethiopia's Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Gemedo Dalle Tussie emphasized how collaboration is the only way to achieve any world-wide goals, and thus the “increasing importance of public-private partnerships to help move green growth focus towards shared areas of concern.”

Representing the private sector, Novozymes President and CEO Peder Holk Nielsen expressed that “the SDGs are an inventory of business opportunities,” crystallizing the fundamental relationship between innovation, development and growth. Nielsen continued with his vision for P4G to occupy this area of crossover – and look to “spark interest, grow businesses, create jobs and support the SDG agenda.”

From civil society, C40 Cities Executive Director Mark Watts remarked, “While we’re focused on getting political commitment, political commitment alone cannot deliver the scale and pace of change that’s necessary to tackle the sustainable development goals. Above all else, we’re going to need public-private partnerships to deliver the projects that governments are now making possible. And that’s what I think P4G really uniquely offers as an opportunity.”

Each speaker, from their perspectives at the public, private and organizational levels, shared their understanding that the organizations and governments they represent cannot pursue pervasive success without the buy-in, trust and thought leadership of those on adjacent levels.

Kenya Private Sector Alliance Elevates P4G in Kenya

If you had to describe P4G’s national platform partner in Kenya, two words come to mind: well-connected! The Kenya Private Sector Alliance, KEPSA, is a leading voice of the private sector in Kenya. KEPSA has over 500,000 members through business member organizations and companies, representing all segments of the Kenyan economy. KEPSA provides a platform for its members to engage in high-level public policy dialogue with relevant government ministries and agencies at both national and county government levels.

As P4G’s national platform in Kenya, KEPSA has been instrumental in helping to set up P4G workshops and supporting P4G Kenyan partnership applicants, according to Leila Yim Surratt, Head of Strategy and Engagement for P4G. KEPSA’s strength is offering thought leadership and mobilization of its members to generate innovative ideas that can be implemented under the P4G platform. As the convener of the private sector, KEPSA has pledged to support the national P4G platform and accelerate innovative partnerships which can then act as engines for change and transformations for solving systemic challenges to green growth and sustainable development.

“Even as we think of financing public-private partnerships and linking the green growth agenda with Kenya’s development priorities, we must work together as stakeholders to maximize our bottom-line and accelerate economic transformation at the least cost to the environment,” said the KEPSA Chairman Nick Nesbitt.

Beyond its support for P4G, KEPSA works to formulate and implement pro-growth policies that promote Kenya’s competitiveness, encourage domestic and foreign investment, and promote regional, continental and international economic opportunities. In addition, KEPSA works closely with policymakers to advance policies that enable the business environment.

KEPSA’s work seems to be paying off. Kenya’s position on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking has improved by 56 positions to rank position 80 in 2017 from position 136 in 2014, making it easier and less costly to start and operate a business in Kenya.