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.

Our next funding application period will open in November 2018. To stay informed of P4G announcements, please sign up for our monthly newsletter.

P4G Frequently Asked Questions →

Name of Partnership
Does the partnership have non-commercial and commercial partners?
Is the partnership at start-up or scale-up stage?
Partnership Summary

Please provide a summary of the partnership which includes the following:

  1. overview
  2. objectives
  3. country or countries where activities will take place, and
  4. the Sustainable Development Goal(s) that the partnership addresses.
Partnership Description

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.

Growth Potential

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.

Is the partnership a legal entity?
Contact name
Contact telephone
Contact email
Organization and title

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Does the partnership have non-commercial and commercial partners?
Is the partnership at start-up or scale-up stage?
Partnership Summary

Please provide a summary of the partnership which includes the following:

  1. overview
  2. objectives
  3. country or countries where activities will take place, and
  4. the Sustainable Development Goal(s) that the partnership addresses.
Partnership Description

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.

Growth Potential

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?

P4G Value Added

What non-financial 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 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 hosting partner 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) acts as the hosting partner for 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 hosting partner 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. Our next partnership facilitation application period will open in November 2018. P4G will not be accepting applications for facilitation until that time.

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 June 6, 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.

P4G Announces 2018 Partnership Finalists

MAY 28, 2018: After careful review of the 450 concept notes submitted during P4G’s first call for applications, the Initiative has selected 24 partnership finalists for the initiative’s 2018 funding and facilitation support. The P4G Partnership Finalists were selected based on eligibility, impact, innovation, growth potential and implementation viability.

The P4G Partnership Finalists included projects in P4G’s five areas of focus: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities, and the circular economy. This year’s finalists involve partnerships in twelve developing countries and include representation from P4G’s eight partner countries.

“The diversity and exciting quality of these 24 finalists would not have been possible without the valuable support from P4G’s national platforms and partner organizations,” remarked Robyn McGuckin, P4G’s Head of Partnerships.

Among the identified partnerships, eight have been selected to submit a full proposal as part of a competitive process to receive up to USD$1 million in scale-up funding; 11 have been selected to qualify for start-up funding of up to USD$100,000; and seven partnerships have been chosen to receive facilitation support.

P4G has already begun actively engaging with all finalists to provide facilitation support and expertise. At the end of July, P4G will announce partnerships selected for start-up funding. After additional materials are reviewed and upon approval from the P4G Board of Directors, the partnerships selected for scale up funding will be announced at the P4G Summit on October 19 and 20 in Copenhagen.

In the coming months, P4G will host a series of webinars and Q&A sessions for partnerships interested in learning more about the P4G partnership application and selection process. P4G expects to begin accepting new applicants for funding and facilitation support in late October 2018.

P4G Partnerships Flourish in “Lion’s Den”

At the Clean Energy Investment Forum held in Copenhagen recently, three P4G Partnership Finalists delivered their partnership “pitch” to about 25 investors in a “lion’s den” format. Standing in front of the investors and other attendees seated in a u-shape, the presenters had five minutes to make their case speaking without a podium or slides before taking questions from the audience. How did it go?

Judging from the feedback, the lion’s den provided a valuable facilitation experience for P4G Partnership Finalists.

“It was particularly interesting to meet institutional investors whose enthusiasm and capacity for clean energy investments will hopefully help mobilize others,” said Cathy Oxby, chief commercial officer, Africa GreenCo—one of the P4G Partnership Finalists who participated. “I had some very useful conversations.”

Africa GreenCo is a public-private partnership working to attract private sector investment in renewable energy development in sub-Saharan Africa at a lower cost by serving as a regional creditworthy intermediary off taker.

“It’s not only the pitch that adds value – the chance to discuss common interests with potential partners is invaluable,” remarked Dean Cooper, managing director, Energy SNV. “And the investors’ feedback helps to show how our concept can match the interests of financiers for impact and scale-up. A big help to have so many relevant people in the room at the same time – certainly saves a lot of time and effort that we would have had to spend otherwise.”

Cooper is helping lead the Integrated Decentralized Electrification in Africa Partnership for the SNV Netherlands Development Organization. This P4G Partnership Finalist is looking to provide a bundled solar mini-grid and agri-business solution to communities in Africa without access to reliable electricity.

Paulo Todaro, managing partner, Albion Capital, representing Green FIDC, another P4G Partnership Finalist, spoke to investors about their plans to create a structured finance mechanism to lower private financing costs for green projects in Brazil.

In addition to the P4G Lion’s Den session, two other P4G Partnership Finalists provided an overview of their partnerships to a breakfast meeting of investors at the Clean Energy Investment Forum. Investors heard about the Building Efficiency Accelerator from Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs for Phillips Lighting, representing the World Green Building Council and the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator from Bethany Speer, senior research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Clean Energy Investment Forum attracted executives from prominent organizations as: Pension Denmark, Allianz Investment Management, Citicorp, Blackrock, Green Climate Fund, the European Development Bank and the World Bank.

Throughout the year, P4G will provide these facilitation moments to its P4G Partnership Finalists to help them gain additional exposure to investors, subject experts, and other organizations that can provide valuable feedback and possible co-investment opportunities.

In Chile and Colombia, the SDGs are Driving the Future

P4G presence in South America is anchored with country partnerships in Chile and Colombia—two countries with a combined population of more than 66 million, two mega cities in Santiago and Bogotá and an increased focus on sustainable development to drive their economic growth.

In Chile, P4G’s leadership team recently met with Ministries of Environment, Transport and Energy to begin partnership facilitation and learn about the nation’s plans towards a green growth future.

FAST FACTS

CHILE COLOMBIA
POPULATION 18 million 48.6 Million
LARGEST CITY Santiago (5 million) Bogota (8 million)
ANNUAL GDP RATE 4.2% 2.2%
GDP USD $247 billion $282.5 billion

The country’s Climate Change and Sustainability Agency (ASCC), in collaboration with many of the agencies with which P4G met, aims to materialize significant changes across the country and in both the private and public sectors to promote transformation towards a low carbon economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, urge more efficient resource consumption, and lower pollution.

Each of Chile’s objectives is informed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs), and thus brings the country into a larger global network of green growth trailblazers.

Consequently, the Chilean government stepped forward as a strong incubator of P4G partnerships. The Ministries recognized the SDG areas of the circular economy, energy efficiency and healthy cities as vital partnership categories well in line with the ASCC’s long-term development plan.

“Chile’s partnership with P4G comes at an excellent time – in the year since the ASCC’s formation, the Agency has begun setting the foundation for really transformative action in Chile: and this action is what we see in P4G,” said ASCC Executive Director Juan Ladrón de Guevara González. “P4G partnerships will be vital to strengthening and guiding our continued growth and leadership – and keeping innovation at the forefront of our strategy.”

During meetings held in Colombia, P4G’s newest partner country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Embassy, and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) all emphasized the country’s alignment with its SDG-driven National Development Plan -- the Todos por un Nuevo País (All for a New Country). In 2015, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos passed the plan with the goal of pursuing three main pillars: peace, fairness and education. In the years since, the government has backed the plan entirely – garnering buy-in from local governments as well as the private sector.

Colombia’s pursuit of these guiding pillars includes SDG-informed strategies focused around improved infrastructure, social mobility, good governance and transformed landscapes – all as components of economic growth.

P4G’s partnership with Colombia will aim to work within these strategies to further emphasize the public-private overlap inherent in the National Development Plan, and to support existing partnerships already innovating within this space.

“The global coalition that P4G brings to the table will be an outstanding resource for encouraging Colombia’s SDG dialogue both publicly and in the private sector,” Gabriela Gutierrez, Second Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia remarked. “While we are already excited about how our National Development Plan recognizes improved peace, fairness and education as both public and private responsibilities, P4G will help us recognize innovative solutions and learn from global best practices in pursuit of even greater success.”

“P4G looks forward to working alongside both governments as they use the SDGs to guide innovation across sectors as well as forward-thinking policies for a sustainable, inclusive future,” commented Leila Surratt, P4G Head of Strategy and Engagement, following the trip’s conclusion.

P4G Global Director Ian De Cruz added, “Both countries’ aims articulate exactly the intersection that P4G occupies – we’ll look forward to working with Chile and Colombia as green growth leaders for the entire region.”

P4G Effect Reverberates Across the Globe

Last month, P4G partner countries Vietnam, Kenya, and the Republic of Korea launched their national platforms. Each event demonstrated distinct opportunities for P4G impact in diverse economies across the world.

National platforms are important parts of P4G’s architecture. Their roles are twofold: they act as P4G incubators and implementers of P4G partnerships for their respective countries and regions, and they also help expand the P4G network with leaders in business, government and civil society to develop and share best practice.

Vietnam Launch

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) lead the P4G national platform in Vietnam. Their announcement on July 5 emphasized the country’s commitment to multi-stakeholder engagement in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Vietnam launches its P4G national Platform on July 5, 2018.

“The final goal of the SDGs is to advance global partnerships for sustainable development,“ said Nguyen Quang Vinh, General Secretary of VCCI and Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development. The P4G Initiative fosters collaboration that will bring Vietnam to the international stage with ideas and success stories.”

Already, four of the 24 P4G Partnership finalists for 2018 are operating in Vietnam. These projects focus on policy improvements to support clean energy access and implementation, clean water infrastructure, and circular economy principles and practices in Vietnamese industry.

Kenya Launch

The P4G national platforms in Kenya and the Republic of Korea launched concurrently, on July 27.

P4G in Kenya at the country’s national platform launch on July 27, 2018.

In Kenya, the National Treasury, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) announced their joint leadership as national platform hosts. These ministries and organizations highlighted seven P4G Partnerships with projects in Kenya. These include projects to re-use and recycle industrial materials, reduce plastic waste, increase sustainable food and energy access, and attract private investment for sustainability projects.

“These P4G Partnerships support Kenya Vision 2030 Agenda,” said Secretary of the Treasury Henry Rotich. “They represent innovative solutions for green development. We look forward to using the P4G platform to incubate and scale these ideas for Kenya’s improvement and as examples for the rest of the world.”

KEPSA Chairman Nik Nesbitt added, “As green development is linked to Kenya’s overall development priorities, we must work together to accelerate economic growth at the least cost to the environment.”

Korea Launch

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea launched their P4G national platform with an emphasis on the importance of public-private partnerships to achieve a more sustainable future. Korea, with its global sustainability expertise, offers valuable support to P4G’s global network.

The Republic of Korea launches their P4G National

“To address climate change and promote green growth, we need to support partnerships between the public and private sectors and civil society,” said Yoo Yeon Chul, Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Korea’s P4G national platform will facilitate partnerships and work to strengthen the global P4G network.”

P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz noted, “These launches reflect the energy and potential of the P4G network in contributing to sustainable growth. We look forward to these national platforms as drivers for the development and implementation of current and future P4G partnerships.”

P4G Partnerships in Vietnam

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment and Chamber of Commerce Lead Country Involvement in Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate a Green Growth Future

HANOI—July 5, 2018— The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) announced today their joint leadership in a crucial initiative ushering Vietnam towards a sustainable, inclusive future. Both organizations host the Vietnam national platform for P4G -- Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – a new initiative funded by the Danish government that identifies and incubates the most innovative public-private partnerships driving high-impact, market driven solutions for a just, inclusive world.

In their joint position as a P4G national platform, VCCI and MPI have already made significant contributions to Vietnam’s green growth pursuit: in P4G’s global competition to identify the world’s most cutting-edge green partnerships, two Vietnam-based projects were included among 24 selected finalists. These two partnerships were selected from nearly 450 applications spanning 80 countries, and will focus on improving investment in clean, accessible water and implementing circular economy principles in Vietnam’s booming manufacturing sector.

To qualify for a P4G partnership, projects had to take place in a developing country, include a public, a commercial and a non-commercial partner and offer a commercially viable solution in one or more of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. The 24 P4G Partnership finalists for the 2018 funding period will receive facilitation and/or funding support to advance their projects.

P4G’s national platforms in partner countries bring together business, government and civil society organizations to collaborate on and help inform public-private partnerships that advance the SDGs. In addition to Vietnam, other P4G partner countries include Denmark, Kenya, Ethiopia, The Republic of Korea, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. P4G also works with organizational partners C40 Cities, Global Green Growth Institute and World Economic Forum; and is hosted by World Resources Institute.

“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,” said Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, General Secretary of VCCI and Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development – VCCI’s implementing entity. “Our position as a P4G national platform will be crucial in orienting the Vietnamese public and private communities towards the same objectives; and will also help bring Vietnam to the international stage with ideas and success stories that spur a collaborative, global future.”

P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz also commented, “We congratulate the new P4G Partnerships and MPI and VCCI in its launch of the P4G National Platform in Vietnam. By embracing public-private partnerships, Vietnam can be a global innovator in sustainable solutions in sectors such as food and agriculture, water, clean energy, and the circular economy.”

The Vietnamese organizations represented among the finalists include businesses and civil society organizations. In addition to facilitation support, those partnerships selected as start-up finalists qualify for up to 100,000 USD in P4G funding – announced prior to the P4G Board meeting in September -- while the scale-up finalists will compete for up to 1 million USD in funding. The partnerships selected for scale-up funding will be announced at the P4G Copenhagen Summit 2018 taking place on 19-20 October in Denmark.

Background

Selected for facilitation and shortlisted for scale-up funding:

  • Clean Energy Investment Accelerator: Sixty per cent of Fortune 100 companies have goals for renewable energy procurement or reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; yet translating this vision into business-smart actions for these and thousands of other companies around the world is a serious challenge. The Clean Energy Investment Accelerator, with leadership from 100 Resilient Cities to support work in Vietnam, World Resources Institute, and Allotrope Partners, will support progress in affordable and clean energy (SDG7) by forging alliances between business and government leaders and investors to create enabling environments for and mobilize investment in scaled clean energy in commercial and industrial sectors.
  • Building Efficiency Accelerator is directed by the World Green Building Council with support from the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and Danfoss. The partnership seeks to increase the adoption of energy efficiency policies and best practices in cities in Colombia, Mexico, Vietnam and Kenya. Buildings are estimated to consume one-third of energy demand and generate one-fourth of GHG emissions globally. The partnership will engage local Green Building Councils along with public and private sector partners at the national and local levels to accelerate retrofitting existing buildings and increasing the number of new buildings equipped with energy efficiency technologies and materials.

Selected for facilitation and start-up funding:

  • Partnership for Blended Finance on Water led by ASSIST, along with Grundfos. The partnership focuses on Vietnam’s drinking water infrastructure by developing blended finance models for greater investment in the sector. The investment will support technologies and practices that reduce the percent of non-revenue generating water from 22 % to a goal of 15 % by 2025, which also reduces energy consumption. The partnership involves a coalition of Vietnam-based organizations and ASSIST, an international sustainable development organization focused on Asia and the Danish company Grundfos and IFU, the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries.
  • Vietnam Materials Marketplace aims to transform one of the world’s most booming manufacturing economies by encouraging the re-use and re-sale of reusable industrial materials. In a world where material production and use is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in partnership with Pathway21 and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development aims to reduce both waste disposal and excessive production through an online, cloud-based marketplace where manufacturers can buy, sell or trade materials and equipment suitable for further or alternative use.

About P4G

Launched in 2017, P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a new initiative with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. The government of Denmark provides 37 million USD in initial funding for P4G from 2018-2022. Besides the partner countries, non-profit organizations such as the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities, World Economic Forum, and the World Resources Institute (which hosts the P4G Global Hub) are also P4G partners.

P4G Highlights Partnerships at World Food Summit

P4G will showcase two of its partnerships at the World Food Summit taking place in Copenhagen the end of August. These are:

  • The Food Loss and Waste Action Partnership, led by the Food and Land Use Coalition. This P4G start-up partnership aims to build a cross-sector program to reduce food loss and waste in Indonesia. The Coalition hopes this effort will lead to a 50 percent reduction in food loss and waste by 2030 in Indonesia and will be a model program that can be replicated in other developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Coalition is supported by a combination of partners, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the World Resources Institute and the New Climate Economy.
  • The Sustainable Food Platform led by DanChurchAid, along with Arla Foods Ingredients. This P4G start-up partnership seeks to rethink market-based solutions to promote food security for poor and vulnerable people living in refugee camps and local host communities. The partnership will tap into existing knowledge and bring together local producers with global partners in an “innovation platform,” which will develop and test low-tech and energy-efficient food solutions (e.g. nutritious and affordable products like biscuits and porridge) to promote nutrition and sustainable livelihoods for the poor. The country focus will be in Ethiopia, with links to Uganda and Kenya, where more than 2 million refugees live today.

P4G Parnterships in Kenya

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Kenyan Government Joins with Private Sector to Accelerate Partnerships for a Green Growth Future

NAIROBI—July 27, 2018— The National Treasury and The Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Kenya alongside the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) announced today their joint leadership in a crucial initiative ushering the country towards a sustainable, inclusive future. Together, these leading organizations will host the Kenyan national platform for P4G -- Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – a new initiative funded by the Danish government that identifies and incubates the most innovative public-private partnerships to drive sustainable economic growth worldwide.

The P4G National Platform in Kenya will help further P4G’s network in the country and across the African continent. This network will increase the opportunities for facilitation and funding support that P4G provides; and will support collaboration with other P4G partner countries. Ultimately, the Kenyan National Platform will be a regional hub hosting the best and most relevant ideas for the green economy in Kenya and around the world.

In their combined position as a P4G national platform, the two ministries, VDS and KEPSA have already made significant contributions to Kenya’s green growth pursuit: in P4G’s global competition to identify the world’s most cutting-edge green partnerships, seven Kenya-based projects were included among 24 selected finalists. These seven partnerships were selected from nearly 450 applications spanning 80 countries, and will focus on a spectrum of activities related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including: energy access and investment, improved industrial and urban practices for the circular economy, and innovation in land use and agricultural technology.

To qualify for P4G support, partnerships must include public, private and civil society partners, be focused on projects in one or more developing countries, and offer a commercially viable solution in one or more of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. In 2018, P4G selected 24 partnerships to receive facilitation and/or funding support to advance their projects.

P4G’s national platforms in partner countries bring together business, government and civil society organizations to collaborate on and help inform public-private partnerships that advance the SDGs. In addition to Kenya, other P4G partner countries include Denmark, Ethiopia, The Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. P4G also works with organizational partners C40 Cities, Global Green Growth Institute and World Economic Forum; and is hosted by World Resources Institute.

“Each of these P4G partnerships will be a foundational block in pushing Kenya towards our Vision 2030 agenda,” said Secretary of the Treasury Henry Rotich. “These partnerships represent truly innovative solutions for greener development and we look forward to using the P4G platform to incubate and scale these ideas for Kenya’s improvement and ultimately to set a green growth example for the rest of the world.”

“As we approach the link between 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,” added KEPSA Chairman Nick Nesbitt.

P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz also commented, “We congratulate the new P4G Partnerships and The National Treasury and Planning, the Ministry of Environment, VDS and KEPSA in their launch of the P4G National Platform in Kenya. By embracing public-private partnerships, Kenya can be a global innovator in sustainable solutions driven by numerous SDGs.”

The Kenyan organizations represented among the finalists include businesses and civil society organizations. In addition to facilitation support, those partnerships selected as start-up finalists qualify for up to 100,000 USD in P4G funding while the scale-up finalists will compete for up to 1 million USD in funding. The partnerships selected for scale-up funding will be announced at the P4G Copenhagen Summit 2018 taking place on 19-20 October in Denmark.

Background

Selected for facilitation and shortlisted for scale-up funding:

  • Sustainable Special Economic Zones (SSEZ): Sustainable Special Economic Zones developed by Made in Africa Initiative is led by SYSTEMIQ with support from UNDP. The partnership will disseminate its experiences from Nigeria on promoting sustainable industrialization to set up Sustainable Special Economic Zones in Ethiopia and Kenya. In these zones, the SDGs will be holistically integrated into sector selection and production – e.g. by focusing on sustainable energy and reuse of water and waste.
  • Building Efficiency Accelerator is directed by the World Green Building Council with support from the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and Danfoss. The partnership seeks to increase the adoption of energy efficiency policies and best practices in cities in Colombia, Mexico, Vietnam and Kenya. Buildings are estimated to consume one-third of energy demand and generate one-fourth of GHG emissions globally. The partnership will engage local Green Building Councils along with public and private sector partners at the national and local levels to accelerate retrofitting existing buildings and increasing the number of new buildings equipped with energy efficiency technologies and materials.
  • The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) aims to drive billions of dollars of private investment to the low-carbon, climate resilient economy in developing countries by identifying, developing, and supporting transformative sustainable finance ideas. A public-private partnership that includes over 60 institutions, the Lab brings together and catalyzes broader government and private sector efforts to scale up finance to mitigate climate change and enable climate adaptation in developing countries. With P4G’s support, the Lab aims to launch a sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, drawing upon the Lab’s established process, expertise, and investor base, while partnering with local experts and investors, as well as key regional partners, including the Development Bank of Southern Africa, FONERWA, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, to crowd-source, develop, and launch transformative financial solutions that address key barriers to sustainable investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Selected for facilitation and start-up funding:

  • Partnership for a New Plastics Economy in Kenya is developed by Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) with support from PETCO Kenya, Retail Traders Association of Kenya (RETRAK), BESIC Group Ltd, Discovery Brands, Ital 3D solutions, County Government of Kiambu and Kenya Climate Change Innovation (KCIC). The partnership focuses on plastic waste management in Kenya – 1.3 million kg plastic waste is generated weekly in Kenya. The partnership will increase the use of recycled plastic products and improve the collection of plastic waste through voluntary schemes and policy recommendations. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is engaged in the partnership through a Strategic Sector Cooperation project on recycling of plastic products between the EPA and Kenyan authorities. 
  • Global Distributors Collective (GDC) will support businesses which distribute products that meet the needs of poor consumers, such as solar lights, water filters, clean cookstoves and nutrition products. These technologies and the markets needed to deliver them are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, businesses – a collective of last mile distribution companies, hosted by Practical Action with implementing partners BoP Innovation Centre and Hystra – will act as a collective voice for “last mile” distributors to help attract investment, shape policy and create an enabling environment for distributors to thrive.
  • Energise Africa is the product of the joint efforts of Ethex and Lendahand, two of Europe’s leading online impact investing platforms. The partnership aims to demonstrate how UK-based retail impact investors can provide affordable finance for pioneering solar businesses operating in Africa to accelerate universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Energise Africa makes it possible to start investing with just £50 in solar businesses installing systems in rural, Sub-Saharan African homes – allowing “pay-as-you-go” flexibility to low income households across Africa, bringing clean energy alternatives to families otherwise dependent on kerosene or diesel.
  • The Sustainable Food Platform led by DanChurchAid, along with Arla Foods Ingredients. The partnership aims to rethink market-based solutions to promote food security for poor and vulnerable people living in refugee camps and local host communities. The partnership will tap into existing knowledge and bring together local producers with global partners in an “innovation platform,” which will develop and test low-tech and energy-efficient food solutions (e.g. nutritious and affordable products like biscuits and porridge) to promote nutrition and sustainable livelihoods for the poor. The country focus will be in Ethiopia, with links to Uganda and Kenya, where more than 2 million refugees live today.

About P4G

Launched in 2017, P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a new initiative with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. The government of Denmark provides 37 million USD in initial funding for P4G from 2018-2022. Besides the partner countries, non-profit organizations such as the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities, World Economic Forum, and the World Resources Institute (which hosts the P4G Global Hub) are also P4G partners.

Korea Launches P4G National Platform

The Republic of Korea Launches National Platform to Accelerate Partnerships for a Green Growth Future

SEOUL—July 25, 2018— The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea announced today their leadership in a crucial initiative at the forefront of green growth. The Ministry will host the Korean national platform for P4G -- Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – a new initiative funded by the Danish government that identifies and incubates the most innovative public-private partnerships to drive sustainable economic growth worldwide.

As a P4G national platform, the Republic of Korea will continue to enhance their position as a leader of the green growth movement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with business leaders, government and sustainability professionals from across the country will help identify and support partnerships in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America that offer innovative sustainability solutions. Formerly the architect of P4G’s predecessor, the Global Green Growth Forum (GGF), Korea recognizes P4G as a conclusive next step in uniting organizations, businesses and governments around the world in the pursuit of a sustainable future.

To qualify for P4G support, partnerships must include public, private and civil society partners, be focused on projects in one or more developing countries, and offer a commercially viable solution in one or more of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. In 2018, P4G selected 24 partnerships to receive facilitation and/or funding support to advance their projects from nearly 450 applications from over 80 countries.

In addition to facilitation support, those partnerships selected as start-up finalists qualify for up to 100,000 USD in P4G funding while the scale-up finalists will compete for up to USD 1 million in funding.

P4G’s national platforms in partner countries bring together business, government and civil society organizations to collaborate on and help inform public-private partnerships that advance the SDGs. In addition to The Republic of Korea, other P4G partner countries include Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mexico and Vietnam. P4G also works with organizational partners C40 Cities, Global Green Growth Institute, World Economic Forum and World Resources Institute which also hosts the Global Hub.

“To address the challenges we are facing now, renewed confidence and partnership are essential between the public and private sectors and civil society,” said Mr. Yoo Yeon Chul, Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Korea’s P4G national platform will facilitate this partnership with government and non-government actors and strengthen the network among partner countries. Multi-stakeholder participation is critical in combating climate change and promoting green growth.”

“Korea is a green growth leader and an important partner in the P4G network,” remarked P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz. “We look forward to Korea’s continued leadership in promoting the value of public-private partnerships as a key driver of sustainable growth worldwide.”

About P4G

Launched in 2017, P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a new initiative with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Besides the partner countries, non-profit organizations such as the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities, World Economic Forum, and the World Resources Institute (which hosts the P4G Global Hub) are also P4G partners.