The Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) 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/GP 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.
- Partnership definition
- Types of partnerships
- Examples of current partnerships
- Past partnership examples
Under the leadership of Secretary of State John Kerry, S/GP works 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.
S/GP's mission is to build public-private partnerships that strengthen diplomacy and development outcomes by serving as:
In December 2007, the Global Partnerships Center (GPC) was established to lead efforts to advance the use of results-based public-private partnerships as a mainstream tool for U.S. diplomacy. The cornerstone of this effort was the Global Partnership Clearinghouse, the first-ever database of multi-sector partnerships created under Chief of Mission authority.
On April 22, 2009, former Secretary of State Hillary 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. The GPC subsequently transitioned into GPI and the office was placed under the Secretary's Office (S). 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. In 2014, the office modified its name to the Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP).
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.
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
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:
Examples of current partnerships
S/GP catalyzes partnerships that are cross-cutting, dynamic and multiregional. The partnerships that are currently managed by the office include:
Past partnership examples
Some partnerships are now being managed by other offices within the Department of State or by external partners.