Global Partnerships Week 2014 was held from March 24-30 to celebrate public private partnerships all around the world. Events were held around Washington, DC by public, private, and nonprofit sector partners to highlight the work of current partnerships and discuss outcomes and impact. The State Department hosted a Google Hangout on the importance of collaboration and also released the first ever State of Global Partnerships Report.
The first annual State of Global Partnerships report features successful, innovative public private partnership activities at the U.S. Department of State that have enhanced diplomacy or development outcomes and furthered U.S. foreign policy goals.
Secretary Kerry’s Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships Thomas Debass participated in a Google+ Hangout during the 2014 Global Partnerships Week.
The Hangout also featured representatives from across the private sector and academia, including Matthew Swift, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Concordia Summit, Kingsley Aikins, CEO of Diaspora Matters, and Mary Margaret Frank, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
The participants discussed the importance of GPW, which is led by Secretary Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships in collaboration with its partners, including Concordia and .CO Internet, as well as the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting diplomacy and development around the world.