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Our world is a dynamic, ever-evolving system of countries, economies, markets and people. In recent years, a rapidly expanding population and changing climate have presented a diverse and complex array of challenges in areas such as food security, public health and economic growth. Though daunting and expansive in scope, these challenges often prove to be the driving forces behind change and innovation.

Public-private partnerships (P3s) embody the creative and collaborative process needed to address these and many other critical issues of today. The P3 Impact Award, established by Concordia, the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, and the UVA Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, seeks to recognize public-private partnerships that are improving communities and the world in the most powerful, effective ways. Around the globe, public-private partnerships are affecting meaningful change by developing innovative solutions. The applicants for the P3 Impact Award demonstrate the remarkable ways in which P3s are improving our world.

Concordia, the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, and the UVA Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society are proud to announce this year’s finalists for the 2016 P3 Impact Award. We look forward to announcing the winner at this year’s Concordia Summit on September 19-20 in New York City.

Energize the Chain

Millions of children die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases. The problem is not the availability of vaccines, but the inability to provide effective vaccines due to vulnerability of the vaccine cold chain. EtC recognizes that the key to building an effective supply chain lies in building public-private partnerships that leverage the strengths and capacities of existing systems, technologies and infrastructures—a sustainable and scalable solution. By creating public-private partnerships with major telecom companies, ministries of health, global health organizations, NGOs and other private sector industry partners, EtC strengthens and extends country-wide systems for delivery, storage, and refrigeration of vaccines and essential medicines. Our fundamental insight is to use the power, distribution, and connectivity available at remote cell phone towers to provide the energy, data, and communications necessary to maintain and monitor a robust cold chain, thereby strengthening and extending the health system to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations.

MTV Shuga Campaign

MTV Shuga is a public-private partnership with MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Government of Nigeria and Elton John AIDS Foundation and Cardno. As a ground-breaking 360-degree transmedia demand creation campaign, MTV Shuga aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people ages 15-24. The campaign includes an award-winning TV series encompassing innovative radio, digital, social media, mobile elements and a youth-driven peer education model. Its focus areas include HIV testing, multiple concurrent partners, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, transactional sex, negotiating safe sex, choosing when to have sex, living with HIV, stigmatization of people living with HIV, HIV disclosure, supporting friends living with HIV, gender-based violence and family planning.

Project Nurture

Millions of smallholder farmers across Africa struggle to escape poverty. At the same time, food and beverage companies in the region can’t always source the agricultural products they need. Project Nurture– a partnership between the global nonprofit TechnoServe, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company–sought to address both these problems by integrating mango and passion fruit farmers in Kenya and Uganda into the local Coca-Cola supply chain. This met the company’s business objectives while providing a steady market and greater incomes for the farmers. In total, Project Nurture worked with 54,000 farmers (nearly a third of them women), training them to enhance the quality and quantity of their fruit, helping them strengthen or create over 1,000 farmer business groups and connecting them with other markets such as local processors, wholesalers and regional exporters. As a result, Coca-Cola was able to produce a locally-sourced fruit juice in East Africa for the first time, reducing time and costs over the long run– while farmers’ incomes more than doubled, increasing by an average of 142%.

SAPARM: Satellite Assisted Pastoral Resource Management

Every day, millions of African pastoralists live on the verge of survival, searching for green pasture for their animals in the face of extreme drought and climate change. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) and Google, PCI provides maps generated by satellite data to pastoralists to help them find grazing land. The Satellite Assisted Pastoralist Resource Management (SAPARM) program brings local communities, the governments of Tanzania and Ethiopia, the World Food Programme, and Hoefsloot Spatial Solutions together to help millions of pastoralists improve their ability to continuously pinpoint adequate grazing land. Automatically updated every 10 days, grazing maps are generated using community knowledge digitized and integrated with satellite derived vegetation data, and distributed to pastoralists to improve their herd management and migration decision-making. In the first year, herd deaths were cut in half, and last year, Phase 2 of SAPARM was launched to expand in several communities, impacting over one million people in both Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Sustainable Living Beyond Borders- Transforming Lives via Health and Wellness

In emerging countries such as Pakistan, a large number of individuals work informally in corporate value chains and have been subjected to abuse, labor exploitation, poor, unsanitary working conditions, and low wages. In collaboration with NAYA JEEVAN, Unilever has enrolled thousands of participants into “Sustainable Living Beyond Borders.” By involving both employers and beneficiaries, this initiative  leverages economies of scale, cost-sharing, and existing distribution platforms. Through its collaboration with Unilever, NAYA JEEVAN has successfully jumpstarted a movement to provide a humane, healthy working environment for informal workers, ensuring that they and their families are protected under a health and wellness program with 24/7 unlimited access to family doctors and counselors.

Learn more about the P3 Impact Award and finalists at Darden Ideas to Action.