From Rhetoric to Action: Moving the Dial on Disaster Preparedness
Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

From Rhetoric to Action: Moving the Dial on Disaster Preparedness

Hosted by Concordia + Americares

As part of Global Partnerships Week (GPW), this private roundtable will convene high-profile leaders across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to identify actionable steps forward in improving disaster preparedness and set the stage for a progressive series of conversations and actions on the topic throughout 2018.

This is an invitation-only event.

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2018 International Women's Day Forum
Mar
6
to Mar 7

2018 International Women's Day Forum

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our eighth annual International Women's Day Forum, Partner with Purpose: Business for Gender Equality, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, will gather the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance women’s and girls’ empowerment around the globe.

Achieving full gender equality means overcoming a host of complex issues, including many institutional and societal barriers that prevent progress. Tackling these challenges requires creativity and innovation from across sectors. This year’s forum will focus on how private and public stakeholders can combine their resources, skills, and expertise for greater sustainability and impact. Equality is within reach, but will only be realized through collaboration.

Join more than 300 stakeholders in March and share how you’re working to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

View past event agendas below:

2017 - Measuring Success, Making it Count: Business Investing in Women and Girls

2016 - The Business of Inclusion: Global Prosperity through Women and Girls Empowerment

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 “My Intention Is” Displaced Adolescent Partnership Initiative
Mar
6
10:00 AM10:00

“My Intention Is” Displaced Adolescent Partnership Initiative

Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Make It Happen, and Concordia are pleased to co-host this special Global Partnerships Week film screening and roundtable discussion. This event will leverage the power of film to catalyze a discussion among the private sector, policy makers, and the donor community about the distinct needs of forcibly displaced adolescents around the globe and how the international response to this often underserved demographic can be improved.

Developed to inform diverse audiences of the specific issues facing displaced adolescents, My Intention Was Not To Leave shares the stories of three unaccompanied minor children as they reflect on their treacherous journeys in order to find a better future. The powerful narrative reframes displaced adolescents as children with the resilience and desire to work towards a better future for themselves and their host communities. This event will begin with a screening of the film (20 minutes) and segue into a discussion among issue experts about partnership-based initiatives capable of meaningfully impacting this critical population.

This session is designed for partnership practitioners representing the private sector, the U.S. Government, donor institutions, and migrant/refugee community. It is by invitation-only. To express interest, please contact Hanne Dalmut at hdalmut@concordia.net with subject line “My Intention Is”.

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Applying Partnering Insight to Achieve Inclusive Growth
Mar
6
2:00 PM14:00

Applying Partnering Insight to Achieve Inclusive Growth

Hosted by Concordia

Co-hosted by Palladium

This Palladium-Concordia co-hosted roundtable will serve as a scene setter for the upcoming Palladium Positive Impact Summit taking place the following week in London, England. Palladium’s annual forum will explore a ground-breaking roadmap to make transformational change possible by building a new ecosystem. But why is this necessary? Public-private partnerships have often failed to create sufficient value to convince the private sector of their business case, which has prevented scale sufficient to address the levels of economic and social disparity around the world. This GPW roundtable will serve as a primer to the Positive Impact Summit discussion by identifying flaws and failures in current partnership models. The outcomes of this conversation will directly feed into the Positive Impact Summit to advance action-oriented responses.

This session is designed for partnership practitioners representing the private sector, the U.S. Government, donor institutions, and project implementation bodies. It is by invitation-only. To express interest, please contact Hanne Dalmut at hdalmut@concordia.net with subject line “Fixing the Partnership Ecosystem”.

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CollaborateUp Academy
Mar
7
to Mar 8

CollaborateUp Academy

  • 1875 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, 10th Floor Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosted by CollaborateUp

The CollaborateUp Academy is an interactive proving ground to quickly learn, test, and develop concrete skills and plans for tackling society’s tough challenges. During our 2-day course, you will learn to lead your colleagues through the CollaborateUp Formula for social innovation, develop, plan, & implement Lean Startup social innovations, convene and facilitate large groups of people from multiple organizations/sectors, create one-page business plans that capture everything you need to get out in the world and start collaborating to tackle our toughest problems, design experiments that prove the business case for your social innovation, and setup, govern, manage, and scale social innovations on almost any scale.

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Catalyzing a Cocoa Revolution: A Cameroonian Case Study
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Catalyzing a Cocoa Revolution: A Cameroonian Case Study

  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosted by Concordia

Co-hosted by FAGRIB + Winrock International

As part of Global Partnerships Week, this roundtable will convene multi-sector stakeholders to forge international partnerships across the cocoa supply chain. Using the Cameroonian cocoa industry as a case study, FAGRIB (Futures Agribusiness LLC) and Concordia will present a recently-formed partnership aimed at enhancing environmentally and socially responsible practices within the Cameroonian cocoa industry while also improving access to market for smallholder farmers. This partnership engages FAGRIB (the cocoa cooperative secretariat), the Cameroonian Government, and private sector stakeholders to develop a model for the industry. Following the short presentation, participants are invited to respond to the model proposed and share their own partnering best practices or challenges as experienced across West Africa and elsewhere. The conversation will kick off with remarks by Winrock International based on its cocoa rehabilitation and land tenure work in Ghana as an example of how to help align social, economic and environmental goals in the cocoa supply chain. The roundtable promises to be a dynamic exchange of ideas intended to move the industry as a whole forward.

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U.S. State Department TechCamps Roundtable
Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

U.S. State Department TechCamps Roundtable

Hosted by:  U.S. State Department 

TechCamps are hands-on, participant-driven workshops organized in close partnership with our Embassies in countries throughout the world on key public diplomacy policy topics. They connect private sector technology experts with key populations - civil society advocates, journalists, non-governmental organizations, and more - to explore and apply innovative tech solutions to global issues. Each TechCamp is tailored to achieve specific, measurable objectives that directly address U.S. foreign policy priorities.

TechCamps are results focused, aiming to define challenges in key demographics and topic areas throughout the world, and pair them with tech solutions that can make an impact. A few examples of recent programming include:

  • TechCamp Mexico City: Digital skills and technology tools to support at-risk journalists and communicators to strengthen investigative journalism and the safety of those reporting in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

  • Young African Leader’s Initiative (YALI) TechCamp Zambia: YALI members from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Namibia aimed to promoting civic participation and give youth digital skills and strategies to encourage transparency and hold their leaders accountable.

  • TechCamp Thailand: Participants from Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines worked to use technology skills and tools to help promote counter-narratives of peace and tolerance, focusing on inter-religious dialogue and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

  • TechCamp Ramallah: Increasing digital literacy and communications capacity in Ramallah for Palestinian youth from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in order to encourage constructive and non-violent contributions to Palestinian communities and build the next generation of civil society.

Each TechCamp includes funding for ongoing post-workshop engagement and projects to help participants implement their ideas, demonstrate impact, and stay connected with each other, their trainers, and U.S. State Department staff. Alumni have envisioned and implemented technology-based projects that have supported key policy priorities with real-world impact. To date, the State Department’s International Information Programs Bureau has funded over 100 projects spanning 60 countries that were conceived during TechCamps.

TechCamp works regularly with partners from the private sector to execute and design training programs, showcase new and innovative technology solutions abroad, and foster on-going engagement post event via networks, individual projects, and follow on events.

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Women’s Empowerment and the Zero Discrimination Movement: A Breakfast with Mrs. Lorena Castillo
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Women’s Empowerment and the Zero Discrimination Movement: A Breakfast with Mrs. Lorena Castillo

Hosted by Concordia + Seleni

Seeking to raise awareness on the negative impacts of stigma and discrimination regarding to people suffering from HIV/AIDS, First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Mrs. Lorena Castillo García de Varela, developed the Zero Discrimination Movement, a campaign focused not only on broadening the access to HIV/AIDS prevention and timely diagnosis to difficult-to-access rural areas and to the most remote and vulnerable indigenous communities in Panama, but also on fighting against prejudice and exclusion of this population.

Concordia and Seleni are pleased to host a breakfast with guest of honor Mrs. Lorena Castillo García de Varela, First Lady of the Republic of Panama, UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Latin America, and 2017 Global Impact Leadership Award winner. This event is aimed to discuss on women’s empowerment, as well as the impact of Zero Discrimination Movement.

This is an invitation-only event.

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Digital Development: The Next 10 Years
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Digital Development: The Next 10 Years

This one day forum on March 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. will bring together industry and thought leaders to explore how to effectively catalyze organizational change, incentivize new approaches, and take smart risks to tackle continued challenges and barriers to development in the next decade of digital development.

We invite you to join the discussion in person and online by using #DigitalDevForum, our event hashtag, following sponsor and speaker Twitter handles, and sharing your own ideas about the next decade of digital development!

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