public-private partnership

Modelo Perú: Corporate Collaboration Creates Inclusion

March 18, 2016
An Andean woman talks on a mobile phone at a producers market in Lima, Peru, on June 24, 2013. Each June 24 marks in Peru Peasant Day, a day where to pay tribute to men and women in the field. AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLE        (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

by Jeffrey Bower A groundbreaking initiative in Peru that focuses on bringing mobile financial services to those who need it most has been launched after years of development. The world’s first fully-interoperable national digital payments platform is now live.   …

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A Call to Action: Deeper Humanitarian Support from the Business Community

May 20, 2016
ATHENS, GREECE - MAY 18:  Afghan refugee children play outside a tent in a refugee camp on May 18, 2016 in Malakasa, 40km north of Athens, Greece. According to the refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body's figures, 54,574 identified refugeees and migrants are on Greek territory. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

by Walt Macnee Next week, I’ll join the United Nations, member state officials, and peers from NGOs and the private sector at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Summit – the first of its kind in the UN’s 70-year …

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4 Ways Business Can Strengthen Fragile States

January 11, 2016
Displaced children plait a fellow's hair at St.Theresa's IDP Camp in Yola, Adamawa State in northern Nigeria, on June 19, 2015.  The European Commission said in a statement issued in Abuja that it is providing financial aid to areas affected by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.The new EU funding will provide immediate support, including clean water, food, shelter, healthcare and protection to the displaced and the host communities in the north east of Nigeria.  AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

by Neal Keny-Guyer The CEO of Mercy Corp, a leading global humanitarian aid organization, describes the important role the private sector can play in helping to further progress in the world’s toughest places. This post was originally published by the …

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A Call for New Partnerships to Tackle the Humanitarian Crises

September 22, 2015
2014 December - Lamwo district, East Acholi province, Uganda. A farmer and his young son examine sesame seeds after harvest and threshing. Sesame is an increasingly important crop in this region, both as a healthy food and as a commodity. Agriculture employs about 80% of Uganda's workforce, so Mercy Corps partners with private agricultural businesses to build a more robust market where farmers have the information and knowledge they need to maximize the quality and yield of their crops as well as to successfully sell at market.  

Mercy Corps has pioneered the practice of contract farming, through its partnership with local output buyer, GADC. The contracts reduce the risk for famers to invest in a relatively new crop like sesame, and help them anticipate the prices they'll attain for their crops at the market. On average, farmers who have contracted with GADC report a 100% increase in their income earned from sesame.

Akemkwene David, 34, says things have changed for his family since they started to grow sesame. Both he and his wife were internally displaced during the long civil war of northern Uganda, and David says, "When we came back we had no hope, but now a lot has changed because we are farming, we can sell and make money. So much has changed from what we thought was possible before." David says the money he earned from growing sesame has allowed him to pay the dowry for his wife and to buy two oxen, which makes farming far easier than it was before. In the future, he hopes to be able to send his children to boarding school in order to give them a superior education, to start another business in the town center, and to build a permanent house.

Q&A with Graham Craft, vice president of corporate and foundation partnerships at Mercy Corps, on how public-private partnerships can make much-needed change It’s time to look at cross-sector collaboration in light of one of the most significant needs for resources …

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