2017 Partnership Practitioners Forum Report

This year, it was our pleasure to host over 350 leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors at the Partnership Practitioners Forum at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on March 6, 2017. Held during Global Partnerships Week (GPW), under the theme 17 in 17: Partnerships to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Forum was developed in partnership with the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab kicked off the annual week-long celebration in recognition of the critical role that cross-sector collaboration plays in advancing the SDGs globally.

We are pleased to share the 2017 Partnership Practitioners Forum Report which includes detailed session summaries and key takeaways from speakers and participants. Discussion topics focused on measuring partnership metrics, governance and legal issues, and negotiation in partnerships, while tailored sessions explored specific issue areas reflecting the SDGs, including human rights, economic opportunity, health, the environment, and infrastructure. The report also contains insights from stakeholders who shared best practices in the creation and implementation of cross-sector partnerships, recognizing the urgency of leveraging governments, civil society, and businesses to achieve capacity and scale in global development by 2030.