P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a new initiative, commenced in 2018, 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. We bring together business, government, and civil society organizations in innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions that help meet humanity’s greatest needs in five key areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy.
The inaugural #P4Gsummit in Copenhagen, Denmark was a first-of-its-kind event inspiring, accelerating and recognizing partnerships between governments, businesses, and members of civil society to drive inclusive growth and measurable progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Inspired by the innovation and vision of P4G Partnerships, the convening of world leaders at the #P4Gsummit emboldened action for a more sustainable, inclusive future.
Gloria Amparo Alonso Másmela
Dong Kwan Kim
Peder Holk Nielsen
Yoo Yeon Chul
Ian de Cruz
Leila Yim Surratt
A.1 P4G brings together governments, businesses, and civil 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.
A.2 P4G works in partnership with countries and global organizations addressing sustainability issues. P4G’s initial partner countries are Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Vietnam. Partner organizations include: the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities, the International Finance Corporation, UN Global Compact, the World Economic Forum, and hosting partner World Resources Institute. Other countries and partners are expected to join P4G in 2019.
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 and agriculture, water, energy, and sustainable development. P4G then offers facilitation, 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 we share knowledge through publications and on our website.
A.4 A P4G partnership includes both private-sector and public-sector organizations who are working together to advance innovative and commercially viable projects that should result in systems-level changes that can be scaled and replicated with a focus on one or more of the following areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities, and circular economy. Each partnership selected for support by P4G meets the following characteristics:
- Relevance: Promotes market-based solutions to one or more of our five SDG sector areas
- Innovation and Growth: Addresses barriers that must be overcome to accelerate commercially viable means of accomplishing the SDGs
- Impact: Contributes to systems change that will advance overall green economic growth with commercially viable and replicable business models
- Implementation: Has the capacity to succeed
- Value-Add: Brings together an innovative constellation of private sector and public sector organizations tackling global challenges through market-driven approaches.
A.5 The Danish government provided initial funding for P4G through a five-year grant (2018–2022). The government of the Netherlands is providing additional funding to P4G beginning in 2019.
A.6 The initial funding from the Danish government is USD 33 million over five years, which covers annual funding for the Partnership Fund and operational support. The Netherlands announced a USD 5.7 million commitment at the P4G Summit.
A.7 Yes. P4G welcomes additional funding partners to support furthered co-funding of breakthrough partnerships that promote sustainable growth in developing and emerging countries.
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, P4G is prohibited from providing any direct funding to WRI for its programs.
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 partnerships with facilitation support, co-funding, and recognition.
A.10 P4G advances partnerships that create systematic change that can be scaled and replicated to drive sustainable economic growth. Our start-up and scale-up partnerships promote innovative approaches to solve important challenges in five major categories of sustainability: food and agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities, and circular economy. It is solely dedicated to this mission for at least the next five years with plans to ideally continue this to 2030. P4G national platforms provide a strong place-based foundation for the development of a pipeline of P4G partnerships.
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.
A.12 The initial country platforms were countries that had been involved in the former Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), which was a Danish-led collaboration of countries, partner organizations, and leading companies working on sustainability issues. These countries are Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, and Vietnam. The Netherlands joined P4G as a partner country in September 2018.
A.13 Participating countries agree to set up a national platform to coordinate national engagement in P4G and support public-private partnerships to achieve the SDGs. National platforms include the collaborative involvement of government ministries at a senior level, business organizations and leaders, and civil society organizations. Partner countries, through their national platforms, commit to
- Engage government officials within the country into the conversation committed to transitioning green growth;
- Bring resources, networks, initiatives and coalitions and ideas to P4G partnerships;
- Host national and/or regional meetings as appropriate; and
- Engage with relevant P4G partnerships, including assisting active involvement of national actors in the partnerships.
Each country also gains access to the global P4G network, where they benefit from cross-border collaborations and participation in events, such as the P4G Summit in Copenhagen in October 2018.
A.14 P4G expects to add a limited number of country partners in 2019. Important criteria for considering additional countries include:
- The country’s commitment to work in partnership with the private sector and civil society to pursue the goals of P4G and support P4G partnerships working in their country to achieve lasting and impactful change
- Ability to participate in global P4G events, contribute resources, and host national or regional events to incubate and accelerate P4G partnerships
- Willingness to serve as a champion for green and inclusive growth, within national development priorities, as well as regionally and globally.
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 International Finance Corporation, UN Global Compact, the World Economic Forum, and hosting partner the World Resources Institute. P4G works with these leading organizations to bring additional knowledge in areas such as financing, green technology, and sustainable development.
A.16 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.
A.17 P4G supports partnerships 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 and agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities, and circular economy. Third, we publicly recognize P4G partnerships at high-profile events and through media promotion to bring valuable visibility to their work and business models.
A.18 P4G facilitation support may include convening investors, businesses, and governments around new business models, connecting the partnership to government stakeholders to advocate for policies that enable favorable market conditions, matching known solutions to new market opportunities, and highlighting the partnership at global events. Please refer to our website to have a greater understanding of our partnership facilitation tools.
A.19 In addition to funding, P4G’s facilitation model adds value by helping partnerships pitch their projects to investors, learn about industry best practices, network with business and government leaders, lay the groundwork for replication and scaling of partnership activities, and engage with our partner organizations, national platforms, and other partnerships. Please refer to our website to have a greater understanding of our partnership facilitation tools.
A.20 Partnerships applying for P4G support must propose work that is “additional” to what is already happening or what would naturally happen in the marketplace. For example, P4G funding should be “additional” to traditional commercial business development (i.e. expansion of a core business offering), as well as “additional” to current international development practices (i.e. programming that bilateral and multilateral funders typically cover), and therefore should not be used for either type of activity nor should the partnership be primarily focused on either type of activity.
A.21 P4G considers partnerships innovative if they come up with new models/approaches or improve existing ones to address barriers to private sector entrants that are not yet being addressed by the market.
A.22 “P4G Learning Communities” are groups of P4G partnerships that address similar problems and/or market opportunities. P4G convenes each group to share experience, learn from one another, and maximize their impacts. Among the 2018 Partnership Finalists, P4G has identified P4G Learning Communities focused on sustainable industrial parks, clean energy access financing models, food loss and waste, sustainable logistics models, and sustainable plastics economy.
A.23 P4G is not accepting applications at this time. The 2020 application window will be open in October 2019. Application windows will be announced through our website and in P4G’s newsletter.
A.24 The full set of eligibility requirements and selection criteria are in the “P4G Partnerships Guidelines” on our website. P4G will provide funding and facilitation support to partnerships in two categories: Start-up and Scale-up partnerships.
A.25 P4G carefully reviews each complete application according to the eligibility and evaluation criteria. P4G also engages a consultant to independently score all shortlisted applications. Finalists are requested to submit additional information to further inform the selection process. P4G and an investment advisor interview scale-up finalists. P4G and its Board make final funding decisions.
See the Guidelines for more information.
A.26 Partnerships in start-up phase can receive funding of up to USD 100,000. Partnerships in scale-up phase can receive up to USD 1 million. Cost-share is required: at least 25 percent of the budget for start-up partnerships and at least 50 percent for scale-up partnerships.
A.27 No. P4G’s staff, board, and outside experts review and select those partnerships that best represent the criteria established for funding, as long as the partnership benefits a country eligible for funding (see Guidelines). However, part of the value of P4G is its network; partnership projects in P4G partner countries may benefit from P4G’s enhanced ability to support, incubate, and accelerate partnerships through its network in those countries.
For countries, the value of being a P4G country partner is in the collaboration and knowledge-sharing with other country partners, partner organizations, and sustainability experts and exposure to cutting-edge partnership ideas.
A.28 P4G funding is for one to two years, depending on the needs of the partnership.
Q.29 Will all P4G partnerships that receive funds and facilitation support also receive public recognition?
A.29 Yes. P4G will publicly promote every partnership it funds. See P4G’s 2018 Partnership Report.
A.30 Yes. Resubmit the application online and add “REVISED [date]” to the “Partnership Name” field of the submission. Revisions will only be accepted prior to the application deadline.
A.31 Applications must be submitted in English.
A.32 Start-up partnerships are promising early stage partnerships that need support to consolidate the partnership or test the feasibility of innovative approaches. Scale-up partnerships are those that are already engaged in promising business-driven green growth innovations but need support to scale up and accelerate their impact.
A.33 The intended outcomes of the partnership should be for the benefit of one or more of the 150 developing countries that are eligible for P4G-funded projects. The partnering organizations can be based in any country.
A.34 The partnership should consist of both commercial and non-commercial partners. Where the partnership is not a legal entity, one of the organizations in the partnership serves as the administrative partner and the signatory of the funding agreement and assumes overall responsibility on behalf of the partnership. The administrative partner should be a legally registered non-commercial entity. See Guidelines for more information.
A.35 Non-commercial entities that can act as the administrative partner in a partnership include non-profit organizations, business associations, and similar organizations. Note that academic institutions, public institutions (such as municipally owned entities and publicly owned utilities), and multilateral organizations can participate as partners in partnerships but cannot be administrative partners. The administrative partner can be based in any country. See Guidelines for details.
A.36 No. An association is considered a single organization. An association can apply as one of the partners in a partnership.
A.38 A partnership agreement or memorandum of understanding will be required of finalist partnerships at the detailed proposal stage and before receiving funding.
Q.39 Are P4G partnerships receiving funding in 2018 eligible to apply for additional funding in future calls for proposals?
A.39 Yes, they may receive funding one more time, pending P4G’s evaluation of partnerships progress. All partnerships can only receive a maximum of two rounds of funding from P4G.
A.40 Start-up partnerships: At least 25 percent of the partnership’s budget must be co-funding (sources other than P4G). For example, if the partnership’s total budget to implement its activities is $80,000, then P4G funds can be no more than $60,000 and the partnership will need to provide $20,000 as co-funding. Partnerships seeking $100,000 from P4G must show cost share of at least $33,334.
Scale-up partnerships: At least 50 percent of the partnership’s budget must be co-funding (sources other than P4G). For example, if the budget required to implement the partnership’s activities is $2 million, then P4G funds can be up to $1 million and the partnership will need to provide $1 million as co-funding.
A.41 Eligible cost share 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 cost-share amount. Eligible cost share includes salary expenses of commercial and non-commercial partners, travel, and other non-salary expenses of commercial partners, and in-kind inputs and/or other donor funds. See Guidelines for details.
A.42 “Activities” are actions through which inputs (financial, human, technical, material, and time resources) are mobilized to produce the deliverables (such as training and constructing) of a project for which staff can be held accountable and which, when aggregated, produce outputs.
A.43 “Outputs” are tangible deliverables directly resulting from project activities. They include products, goods, services, and changes (e.g. people trained with increased knowledge and skill; quality roads built) that aggregate and contribute to outcomes.
A.44 “Outcomes” are what the project expects to accomplish at the beneficiary level (e.g. use of knowledge and skills in actual practice over time; transportation of goods on constructed roads over time) and contribute to population-level changes (reduced malnutrition, improved incomes, improved yields, etc.) that aggregate and help bring about accomplishment of goals and impact over time.
A.45 “Goals” are the highest-level desired end results or impacts (transformation, sustainability, livelihood, well-being, etc.) to which the project contributes. In other words, it is the project’s ultimate objective.
A.46 “Sub-Goals” are the necessary stepping-stones, interim objectives, and work streams necessary to accomplish the overarching goal or goals of the partnership.
A. 47 P4G funding will be disbursed following each quarterly report over the one- to two-year funding period. P4G withholds 10 percent of total awarded funds until after final reports are submitted and accepted by the P4G Global Hub.
A.48 P4G requires that all scale-up partnerships budget for and conduct an audit near the end of the project period. Start-up partnerships are not required to budget for an audit.
A.49 All P4G partnerships are expected to have at least one representative attend our biennial summit. Scale-up partnerships are expected to have at least one representative attend one or two additional investor events that P4G will facilitate each year. These expenditures are expected to be a relatively small component of the partnership’s budget, with significant benefits in terms of recognition, contacts, and commitments or offers to the partnerships.
A.50 The P4G Summit is a high-level conference attracting business, government, and civic leaders from around the world. Those in attendance discuss how best to accelerate public-private partnerships for the green economy. The summit showcases and accelerates breakthrough partnerships that advance commercially viable and replicable solutions for food and agriculture, water, energy, healthy cities, and circular economy. The first P4G Summit took place in Copenhagen, October 19–20, 2018.
A.51 The P4G Summit is an invitation-only event for CEOs, government leaders, civil society organizations heads of P4G partner organizations, media, and others.
A.52 The P4G Summit is held every two years. The next P4G Summit will be in 2020.