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ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT FOR AFRICA
Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) drives sustainable scaling activities of development organizations and programs. With operational offices located in Bamako, Mali and Geneva, Switzerland, ADA's main focus is fostering maternal and child health in Africa. ADA seeks to accomplish its mission through proven methods of capacity building, technology transfer, forums and cross-sector partnerships.
Their strategy is executed through the following three pillars: advocacy, knowledge management and program development. Currently they plan to initiate a project to enhance the role of rural health workers, ENAMIT, which stands for Empowering Nurses and Midwifes through Information Technology. The main focus of this project, as the name says, is to empower rural health workers, especially nurses and midwifes.
ASIA SCOTLAND INSTITUTE
The Asia Scotland Institute's mission is to help Scottish companies and educational institutions engage with opportunities across Asia through providing access to innovative thinking and ideas. Additionally, the Institute will educate and inform the people of Scotland about Asia as a region, extending from the Gulf in the West to Japan in the East, and foster and encourage business and cultural exchange. This mission is achieved through supporting other organizations in both Scotland and the many countries of Asia and mounting programs in areas of Politics & Policy, Business & Economics and Arts, Culture & Education.
THE BARNYARD GROUP
TheBarnYardGroup is a digital communications consulting firm that develops new models for the using cross digital devices. They blend mobile, social, entertainment, and marketing with traditional brand agency services. Combined with seamless execution, they help the consumer effectively navigate today's constantly changing digital landscape.
BRITISH AIRWAYS – UNGROUNDED THINKING
British Airways launched UnGrounded, designed to be the first innovation lab in the sky, whose aim was to connect industry leaders and creative minds for the purpose of tackling challenges that affect the next generation of global innovators. To kick off this program, British Airways partnered with the United Nations and the Decide Now Act (DNA) Summit.
Taking place 30,000 feet in the air aboard a British Airways flight from San Francisco to London, UnGrounded participants are tasked with connecting the abundance of emerging STEM talent in cities around the world with civic and commercial opportunities in major tech hubs, where talent crunch is increasingly an issue. Developing a platform for discovery of opportunity for the next generation of innovators is at the core of the challenge ahead and connecting them with talent and civic opportunities.
Canterbury Cathedral, known as the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is one of the oldest churches in the United Kingdom. The cathedral is also a part of a World Heritage Site. Canterbury Cathedral is in the process of opening up “new opportunities for learning and discovery through an exploration of the Cathedral’s hidden collections, objects and treasures.”
CAPTIVE MINDS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
We create unique brand stories that can be experienced, seen & shared.
We think for brands and rights-holders, placing content at the core of their marketing strategy.
We create life-enhancing consumer experiences, world-class content for every channel and we think smart for digital and social.
THE CHERIE BLAIR FOUNDATION
The Cherie Blair Foundation works together with local organizations to jointly develop projects for women to start and expand their own businesses. They believe that since women tend to give 90% of their income back to their families, investing in women “isn’t just good ethics, it’s sound economics.” They provide women entrepreneurs with business skills, technology, network opportunities and access to finance all the while working in partnership with non-profit, private, and public sector organizations, developing projects with sustainable solutions.
Founded in 1968, CITYarts has produced 287 public art projects in collaboration with over 500 artists, 100,000 city youth and nearly 500,000 community volunteers. CITYarts has five core programs: Young Minds Build Bridges, which fosters positive relationships with young people from diverse backgrounds; Community Identity; Kids for Justice; Tribute to New York and New Yorkers, which was developed in response to the tragic events of 9/11; and Windows of Opportunity. CITYarts also identifies artistically talented youth currently enrolled in arts institutions, learning centers, or participating in special projects and connects them with professional artists to offer a range of support including career advice and recommendations on higher education choices.
COMMITTEE ENCOURAGING CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY
CECP’s mission is to draw together and empower senior executives of the world’s leading companies to achieve unprecedented progress on societal challenges while driving business performance. CECP offers high-powered connectivity and the platform to multiply investments in solving societal challenges. CECP uniquely enhances its members’ societal initiatives through strategy-related expertise, influential advocates, and awareness building, and by offering members essential resources including a proprietary benchmarking tool, networking programs, research, and opportunities for best-practice sharing.
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, formerly the Commonwealth Business Council, was established in 2014 to “facilitate increased trade and investment across the Commonwealth.” CWEIC works with member companies to grow and develop their businesses and to provide assistance with new investments in any Commonwealth country. To begin, the CWEIC will assist with priority programs, which include economic governance and good business practice, infrastructure investment, sustainability, and women in business and youth entrepreneurship.
THE DNA SUMMIT
The DNA (Decide Act Now) Summit is a results-oriented organization whose aim is to bring together innovative minds to create social change. The DNA equation is: Conversation + Collaboration + CHANGE. There have been two DNA gatherings in London over the last year, a Power Breakfast in July 2012 just before the Olympics and in January 2013 a DNA Roundtable with innovators from Silicon Valley and innovators from the UK tech and business scene. They also work with UN organizations: ITU and OCHA.
EDUCATE GIRLS GLOBALLY
Educate Girls Globally exists to provide opportunities for women and girls to achieve their full potential, recognizing that educated women are the world’s most powerful agents of social change. It works toward improving girls’ enrollment, retention and academic performance in government schools by leveraging existing community and government resources. The program provides “ownership”; that is, without individual stakes in institutions, there is lack of commitment and little engagement. Their projects contributed to 99% girls’ enrollment, higher attendance and improved academic performance in the 500 schools in Rajasthan.
FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT
Fashion 4 Development (F4D) is a global awareness campaign that unites diplomacy, media, business, and creative industries in full support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Their mission is to harness the potential of the beauty and fashion industry worldwide and implement creative strategies for sustainable economic growth. They further work to stimulate social entrepreneurship and to attract national and foreign investment to create long-term relationships that improve the livelihood of individuals and society in developing nations.
FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS FOUNDATION
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that creates and leads transformative cultural exchanges, youth leadership programming, and humanitarian ‘voluntourism’ projects – to build friendships, advance mutual understanding, and foster global peace through support for the Millennium Development Goals.
GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE ON GENDER IN MEDIA
The Global Partnerships Forum is honored to have Ms. Geena Davis, Founder, Geena Davis Institute, serve as a GPF Global Ambassador. The Global Partnerships Forum works closely with Ms. Geena Davis and Ms. Madeline di Nonno, Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, in a number of areas to promote gender equity, including changing the perception of women in media and to reduce gender stereotyping in entertainment. In September 2011, the Global Partnerships Forum was honored to partner with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to host the ‘First Global Symposium on Gender in Media’ in New York.
THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR INNOVATION IN NEUROSCIENCE
GAIN brings together pioneers in neuroscience, translational research, healthcare, informatics, technology development, and education and provides them multiple interactive and collaborative forums in real and virtual laboratories to promote a true interactive science. The focus is on three key areas in neuroscience: 1) translational research and therapeutics, 2) development and application of technology, and 3) education/training and advocacy.
GAIN seeks to benefit the global neuroscience community by promoting partnerships and alliances, leading to unparalleled innovations and their attendant paradigm shifts in neuroscience, technology and education.
GLOBAL SOCIAL COMPLIANCE PROGRAMME
Launched end of 2006, the Global Social Compliance Programme is a business-driven program for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The GSCP was created by and for global buying companies wanting to work collaboratively on improving the sustainability (social and environmental) of their often-shared supply base. To this end, these companies are working on harmonizing existing efforts to deliver a shared, global and sustainable approach based on consensus and best practice. It also involves civil society stakeholders (notably through its Advisory Board) to guarantee the Programme's integrity and inclusiveness, while relying on the widest range of knowledge and expertise.
Gro Ventures is an information and advisory business that focuses on African commodities. One of its components is Gro Energy, which is an advisory firm specializing in African energy markets. They provide highly customized services to government and private sector clients in the areas of energy law and regulation, finance, upstream and downstream services, power generation, business development strategy and fiscal policy development strategy.
HAPPY HEARTS FUND
Happy Hearts Fund was founded in 2005 by Petra Nemcová and is a non-profit foundation dedicated to rebuilding schools and restoring hope and opportunity in the lives of children after natural disasters. They work during the period after emergency response is complete, implementing sustainable practices to ensure a lasting impact. Globally, HHF is active in seven countries and has built/rebuilt 70 schools and kindergartens. Since inception our programs have benefited more than 42,000 children and 350,000 community members.
THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
The Humpty Dumpty Institute is a non-profit organization that serves people in the developing world through the implementation of large-scale humanitarian projects and through its work with the United Nations. Since 2007, the Humpty Dumpty Institute has implemented about $20 million worth of development projects in Angola, Mozambique, Eritrea, Lebanon, Armenia, Laos, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan. These projects are sponsored by individuals, foundations and governments. They further foster dialogue between the UN and major institutions in the private and public sector, academia, and government so that the UN could be an even more effective institution.
Ideapod works to “harness the potential of existing technologies to facilitate inspiration, breakthrough thinking, and the kinds of paradigm shifts that can shape our culture.” The institution serves as a platform to share ideas in order to make the best, new ideas become reality. The website is organized into six categories, to which anyone can add ideas.
IDP FOUNDATION INC.
The mission of the IDP Foundation, Inc. is to mobilize resources and strategic support to increase educational opportunities and other initiatives that they feel add value to education. They believe that education is the way to conquer the world’s greatest challenges and that everyone on the planet should have equal access to education to provide hope and opportunity. A combination of smart philanthropy and investment can galvanize solutions to make that future a reality. Exemplifying this goal is the IDP Rising Schools Program, a microfinance venture targeting existing but very poor private schools in Ghana. After a successful pilot with 105 schools, the program is scaling up by adding 1200 schools over the next four years. The IDP Foundation, Inc. was granted special consultative status to the United Nations in July 2012.
ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. They allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. They are unique among UN agencies in having both public and private sector membership. So in addition to the 193 Member States, ITU membership includes ICT regulators, leading academic institutions and some 700 private companies.
Jewish Children’s Museum
The Jewish Children's Museum is an institution where families of all backgrounds and faiths can learn about the Jewish history and culture. Exhibits range from Jewish holidays to biblical history to modern Jewish culture. The museum primarily works with elementary school age children to provide a setting "for all faiths and backgrounds to gain a positive perspective and awareness of the Jewish heritage, fostering tolerance and understanding."
JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR CLINICAL GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION
The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) is a center of excellence supporting clinical care and research training in resource-limited communities. It collaborates to build educational programs, in-country clinical support tools and distance learning infrastructure that strengthen capacity. It supports sustainability and long-term continuation of education programs as well.
The Johns Hopkins CCGHE develops and leverages a broad range of innovative information communication technologies (ICT) to support their mission, including e-learning, telemedicine, video conferencing, social media and mobile health applications.
Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance
The Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance identifies "the absence of important know-how requisites in important areas of state governance as one of the main reasons for unstable and dysfunctional conditions worldwide." The foundation works to address these challenges through the transfer of knowledge to both local decision makers and the general public in countries around the world. Through this newfound awareness, states have more control over their own political, economic, and financial development and outcomes.
Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm headquartered in London with 29 offices worldwide. The firm is a leader in governance and its particular challenges in emerging markets, having unique experience in navigating the relationships between public and private actors, and serving as fluent interpreters in complex environments. Linklaters’ International Governance and International Development (“IGDP”) practices are about institutional and organisational effectiveness. They develop governance frameworks that help organisations to be more transparent, accountable, and inclusive of the interests of the range of stakeholders impacted by their activities. This is key to organisations’ effectiveness in a world in which, as a result of social media and globalisation, there are few dark corners in which to hide bad practices. Linklaters’ IGDP practices help businesses – and other institutions and organisations that drive global development – operate effectively in this changed and challenging new landscape. Linklaters also helps to develop innovative funding models for private enterprises, foundations and INGOs that facilitate scalability and enhance partnerships, and advise on the requirements of and compliance with international human rights frameworks. The firm currently works on International Governance and International Development matters in Asia, the Middle East, and Western and Southern Africa. Linklaters was recognized in the FT Innovative Lawyers European Awards 2014 as the most innovative law firm in social responsibility for its commitment to good governance.
The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), an African Union strategic framework for pan-African socio-economic development, is both a vision and a policy framework for Africa in the twenty-first century. NEPAD is a radically new intervention, spearheaded by African leaders, to address critical challenges facing the continent: poverty, development and Africa's marginalization internationally. NEPAD provides unique opportunities for African countries to take full control of their development agenda, to work more closely together, and to cooperate more effectively with international partners.
THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
The New York Academy of Sciences’ mission is to bring together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery and promoted vital links between science and society. One of the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, the Academy has become not only a notable and enduring cultural institution in New York City, but also one of the most significant organizations in the international scientific community. The Academy is continually embarking on important new initiatives that will benefit science and society. Scientists Without BordersSM is a public-private partnership conceived of by the Academy and the United Nations Millennium Project to harness the power of technology to transcend barriers to connection and collaboration between entities engaged in science-based activities that target the pressing problems facing the world's poorest communities.
THE NEW YORK GLOBAL LEADERS DIALOGUE
The New York Global Leaders Dialogue notably brings together leaders from around the world to meet as equals, exchange ideas in an environment of mutual respect and personal courtesy, pursuing agendas geared to resolving planetary challenges while fostering international dialogue, and nurture cohorts of young leaders. The NYGLD is a platform to promote worldwide understanding, collaboration, harmony, inter-generational connectivity, cultural enrichment and prosperity. Leadership today is focused on creating new space in the service of others: security, cultural, economic, innovative, creative, intellectual, policy, ecological, scientific and educational.
NEXUS:GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT
Nexus is an international network of more than 1000 young philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and influencers who work to increase and improve philanthropy and social impact investing. The network collaborates to advance the potential of next generation leadership across nations and sectors as well as to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship for dialogue, group problem solving and education. The membership includes people from more than 60 countries and hundreds of the world’s most influential families. Founded in 2011, Nexus has convened its summits in partnership with the United Nations and other governments and has been featured in the media internationally. The summits have helped scale projects globally, helped generate millions of dollars in new giving, and helped to inspire the creation of various social businesses and non-profits. Nexus is an autonomously managed a project of Search for Common Ground.
PEACE AND SPORT
Peace and Sport works to achieve sustainable peace throughout the world. It promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate young generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities. It intervenes in areas made vulnerable by extreme poverty, recent conflict or lack of social cohesion. A neutral and apolitical organization based in Monaco, Peace and Sport is a global initiative under the High Patronage of His Serene HighnessPrince Albert II of Monaco.
Since 2010, the Global Partnerships Forum compliments the work of the Pearl Initiative, a new program aimed at creating a regional network of business leaders and policy makers within the Arabian Gulf Region in order to improve corporate governance and achieve better public reporting and accounting of their activities, leading to a more open and transparent business environment.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) works with organizations of all sizes and locations to provide "industry-focused services for public and private clients." PwC's large network assists with audit and assurance, consulting, cybersecurity and privacy deals, government services, human resource services, IFRS reporting, private company services, risk assurance services, and tax services.
PVBLIC Foundation works to forge social change through the use of media. The foundation strives to connect non-profits with media assets, in order to raise awareness for global issues. PVBLIC Foundation identifies social impact campaigns that need support, and its media strategists create an efficient plan based on the campaign's goals and target audience. The foundation then connects with others to strengthen the campaign's budget. Ultimately, PVBLIC Foundation allows media to raise awareness of issues all over the world. Successful projects include Drink Up, Girl Rising, PETA, and EveryoneOn.org.
Purpose works for the purpose of political participation and social engagement, utilizing online and on the ground movements. Their global team is pioneering new ways to allow people to combine their power as citizens, consumers and cultural agents. Our movements are deploying huge numbers of people to influence the political process. At the same time, they are working to create the consumer demand and behavioral shifts required to bring about the kind of change that politics alone cannot.
R3ADY Asia-Pacific works to reduce "the risks of natural disasters and build resilient communities and economies through innovative and strategic partnerships." In order to do this, R3ADY examines information gaps and promotes “solutions and innovations to advance community and economic resilience. R3ADY works wish partners from the government, business, civil society, philanthropy, academia, and military sectors.
Row6 is an online global community where people from around the world can express their true selves, connect and share on a deeper level by giving and receiving a helping hand. The Global Partnerships Forum is honored to have Ms. June Sarpong, Founder, Row6.com, serve as a GPF Global Ambassador. Row6.com and the Global Partnerships Forum worked together on several United Nations events.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.
SAME SKY is powered by a fair trade jewelry initiative that offers employment to women living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Trained as artisans, the women of SAME SKY earn 15 to 20 times the average Sub Saharan wage to hand-crochet beautiful glass bead jewelry. Instead of a handout, they believe in giving women a hand-up and the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty. SAME SKY was born to give these women a hand-up, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives. They are a ‘trade-not-aid’ initiative that provides women in need with artisan training, supplies, education and a work environment.
Sandbox was launched in 2009 to support young entrepreneurs and innovators and help them become global leaders by connecting them with mentors and peers. There are over 800 young people within the network in over 25 different cities, connected online and through 150 yearly events.
SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION
The Foundation supports initiatives in social justice, the arts, and sustainable philanthropy. SDRF's mission is to support innovative efforts to make social organizations and institutions more effective and more responsive to a broad range of human needs. With their diverse portfolio of initiatives we seek to aid in the transformation and empowerment of communities and to give all citizens a voice and a role in shaping their future.
The TerraMar Project
In order to create a more sustainable planet, the TerraMar Project works to "transform the way people think about the ocean and value the seas by developing a global, engaged and informed community of ocean lovers." The organization works to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages. TIA’s 593 members account for approximately 85% of the annual U.S. domestic toy market of $21.18B. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety, including responsibility for the development of the first comprehensive toy safety standard. TIA members and staff continue to work with government officials, consumer groups and industry leaders on ongoing programs to ensure safe play. It fosters philanthropy to children via the Toy Industry Foundation and its Toy Bank.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC)
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) helps countries around the world achieve their economic, social, and environmental goals by working with governments and stakeholders. ECOSOC follows the United Nations sustainable development agenda. ECOSOC aims for a world that is "inclusive, prosperous and sustainable.
UN Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)
The goals of the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) include "coordinated, effective and sustained UN and international support for Africa's transformative efforts for inclusive peace, security, socioeconomic development and justice for all in the continent." OSAA works to coordinate between African Common positions and other organizations.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) supports "inter-governmental bodies in their formulation of policies" and works to "lead and coordinate the UN system's work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress." UN Women works to eliminate discrimination against women and girls and empower them.
WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED
Walking with the Wounded is a UK based charity which funds both the re-training and re-education of wounded servicemen and women with the aim of helping them find long term employment after they have left the Armed Forces. They finance new qualifications, education and training programs for those who are injured, to help with career transition. This enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded personnel to rebuild their lives and to return to the work place.
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
The first collegiate business school in the world, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania has more than 225 standing and associate faculty members, 20 research centers and initiatives, and leading technology for research and learning. The college also offers several interdisciplinary programs, many of which focus on international business education.
World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) works to "advance effective and accountable giving" through its large network of individuals, foundations, and corporations. WCMP connects the public, private, and social sectors in unique partnerships and ties in donors to these social investment opportunities.
WORLD FORUM FOR ETHICS AND BUSINESS
The World Forum for Ethics and Business is a registered public interest foundation based in Belgium. The mandate of the Forum includes all manners of pursuing and establishing the indispensable ethical foundations of business in a globalized world. It works to provide a platform to promote and defend ethical approaches to business enterprise and corporate governance; facilitate global dialogue and foster cooperation; and assume continuing the responsibility of the International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business. Among their many activities, it organizes leadership seminars and summits for relevant stakeholders, including the World Youth Forum for young leaders.
Zero Mothers Die
Zero Mothers Die uses mobile technology to reduce maternal mortality. These technologies "increase their access to healthcare and information to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth." The organization also strives to increase access to healthcare and improve maternal and child health.