What is P4G?
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.
Dong Kwan Kim
Luis Alberto RodrÍguez Ospino
Yoo Yeon Chul
Sergio Silva Castañeda
Woong Hwan (Paul) Ryu
Ukur Yatani Kanacho
Nguyen Van Trung
Ian de Cruz
Leila Yim Surratt
Anteneh Meseret Gelaw
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 acceleration, 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. Read more about the support P4G provides to partnerships.
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. Learn more about the characteristics of a P4G Partnership and the support P4G provides to partnerships on our page: What is a P4G Partnership?
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 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.10 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.11 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.12 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.13 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.14 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.15 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.16 Read more about the support P4G provides to partnerships on our page: What is a P4G Partnership?
A.17 “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 areas including clean energy access finance models, minimizing food loss and waste, a sustainable plastics economy and zero- or low- emissions transportation as particular areas of convergence in 2019.
A.18 P4G is not accepting applications at this time. The 2020 application window will be open in September 2019. Application windows will be announced through our website and in P4G’s newsletter.
A.19 The full set of eligibility requirements and selection criteria are in the “P4G Partnerships Guidelines” on our website. P4G will provide funding and acceleration support to partnerships in two categories: Start-up and Scale-up partnerships.
A.20 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.21 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.22 For the 2020 P4G call for proposals, all start-up partnerships must identify a benefit to one or more of the qualifying P4G partner countries. These are: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam. For scale-up partnerships, it is recommended that they involve one or more of these eligible P4G countries. P4G will consider exceptional scale-up partnership applications that benefit other ODA-eligible developing 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.23 P4G funding is for one to two years, depending on the needs of the partnership.
Q.24 Will all P4G Partnerships that receive funds and acceleration support also receive public recognition?
A.24 Yes. P4G will publicly promote every partnership it funds. See P4G’s 2018 Partnership Report.
A.25 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.26 For the 2020 P4G call for proposals, all start-up partnerships must identify a benefit to one or more of the qualifying P4G partner countries. These are: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam. For scale-up partnerships, it is recommended that they involve one or more of these eligible P4G countries. P4G will consider exceptional scale-up partnership applications that benefit other ODA-eligible developing countries.
A.27 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.28 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.29 No. An association is considered a single organization. An association can apply as one of the partners in a partnership.
A.31 A partnership agreement or memorandum of understanding will be required of finalist partnerships at the detailed proposal stage and before receiving funding.
A.32 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.33 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.34 The P4G Summit is an invitation-only event for CEOs, government leaders, civil society organizations heads of P4G partner organizations, media, and others.
A.35 The P4G Summit is held every two years. The next P4G Summit will be in 2020.