U.S. Department of State Global Partnership Initiative

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Global Partnership Initiative

The Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Launched in 2009, S/GPI aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact. The Special Representative for Global Partnerships is Andrew O'Brien.

Under the leadership of Secretary of State John Kerry, GPI with partners across sectors, industries, and borders to promote economic growth and opportunity; to invest in the well-being of people from all walks of life; and to make democracy serve every citizen more effectively and justly.

GPI's mission is to build public-private partnerships that strengthen diplomacy and development outcomes by serving as:

  • Convener, bringing together people from across regions and sectors to work together on issues of common interest.
  • Catalyst, launching new projects, actively seeking new solutions, and providing vital training and technical assistance to facilitate additional projects.
  • Collaborator, working closely with our partners to plan and implement projects while avoiding duplication, learning from each other, and maximizing our impact by looking for best practices.
  • Cultivator, nurturing innovative new partnerships by providing the space, access to networks and capital, and mentoring assistance to turn a good idea into reality.


On April 22, 2009, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told the Global Philanthropy Forum that “the State Department is opening its doors to a new generation of public-private partnerships” with foundations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, universities, and faith communities through her new Global Partnership Initiative. Secretary Clinton has called for the United States to “lead by inducing greater cooperation among a greater number of actors and reducing competition, tilting the balance away from a multi-polar world and toward a multi-partner world,” as she described at the Council on Foreign Relations.


As late as 1969, 70% of U.S. resource flows to the developing world took the form of Official Development Assistance. However, by 2005, 80% of U.S. resource flows to the developing world came from private capital. While resources are becoming more scarce relative to increasing demand, the private sector role in the international arena is increasing, making partnerships essential.

1960s 2005
Public Flows 68% 16.8%
Private Flows 29% 83.2%
  • Conservative estimates of resource flows to the developing world show that they have increased by nearly $52 billion in the last two years, reaching approximately $164 billion in 2005.
  • U.S. FDI/Private Capital Flows and Remittances account for the largest categories of flows (at 42.1 percent and 25 percent, respectively).
  • Official Development Assistance (ODA) makes up the third largest category of flows with approximately 17 percent of the total. While the share of ODA has shrunk over the past twenty-five years, the total value has grown at an average annual rate of 5.5 percent, from $7.14 billion in 1980 to $27.6 billion in 2005.

Partnership definition[edit]

The Department defines a partnership as a collaborative working relationship with non-governmental partners in which the goals, structure and governance, as well as roles and responsibilities, are mutually determined and decision-making is shared. Successful partnerships are characterized by complementary equities, openness and transparency, mutual benefit, shared risks and rewards, and accountability.

Types of partnerships[edit]

Potential partners can include U.S. and foreign government agencies, UN organizations, international/regional finance institutions, donor agencies, academic institutions, religious organizations, foundations, multinational corporations and other businesses, trade associations, unions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and individual major donors or investors.

U.S. Department of State public-private partnerships (PPP) assist in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, education and training, improve access to potable water, advance public diplomacy, counter radical extremism, and enhance national security, among other applications.

The State Department’s partnerships includes activities targeting:

State Department Partnership Case Studies[edit]

  • Global Connections and Exchange Program in Azerbaijan
  • FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership
  • US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research
  • English Access Microscholarship Program
  • The Landmarks of New York in Tokyo
  • 2008 Breast Cancer Global Congress

Global Partnership Initiative Signature Partnerships[edit]

  • Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships (AMP) is a public-private partnership that seeks to unlock unprecedented economic value while delivering positive social and environmental impact. Website
  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private initiative to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Website
  • International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) provides a platform for diaspora communities to promote diplomacy and development in countries of heritage by forging partnerships around trade and investment, volunteerism, philanthropy, and innovation. Website
  • Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) is a platform designed to promote public-private partnerships that create economic opportunity, foster advances in science and technology, enhance educational opportunities and catalyze exchange programs. Website
  • Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) is a new public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, providing education and employment resources and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership. Website