What We've Done
Accelerating Cross-Sector Partnerships
Ebola Tech Co-Creation Workshop
In the wake of the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.S. Global Development Lab of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) developed programs and initiatives to develop more resilient health systems infrastructure in West Africa should another outbreak occur. To that end, USAID released an open call for partners to collaborate possible implementation of activities in West Africa in the short, medium and long term. Through this call, the Lab’s Ebola team intended to select and convene a group of partner organizations with which to collaboratively identify new ideas, research, and approaches that can be tested and used in support of the Agency’s broader Ebola efforts.
CollaborateUp managed the design and implementation of a three-day workshop convened by USAID to cocreate and design solutions to improve Health Information Systems (HIS) interoperability in West Africa and lay a foundation for partnerships with developers, donors, and implementers to effectively detect, prevent, and address future Ebola outbreaks. The workshop brought together 50 stakeholders and resulted in the submission of 12 concept notes to USAID for consideration.
From Collaboration to Crisis: Tightening the Corporate Response to Ebola
In December 2014, we convened 120+ stakeholders across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to grasp a common understanding of the facts surrounding the Ebola crisis and to decide on which priority issues the group may want to devote time and resources. We left the meeting with five priority areas: strengthening health systems, infrastructure & data, logistics, coordination & communication during response, and storytelling.
We reconvened nearly 50 stakeholders on a webinar in February 2015 to gauge their interest. Several corporate members were actively working on data- and vaccine-related projects with the public sector. When polled, nearly all 50 webinar attendees indicated that they want to re-convene ASAP to see what pilot projects they can launch together.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
In October 2014 we convened nearly 50 stakeholders on a webinar to discuss the priority areas for companies within the managing waste field. We invited experts from associations, NGOs, and industry to share the major trends so everyone had a firm grasp of the data. Those stakeholders indicated they wanted to engage in peer-to-peer learning, avoid duplicating efforts, see pilot projects on the ground, and find out how to make systematic change.
With this data, we continued to have meetings with other stakeholders in companies and NGOs to narrow in on which issues we wanted to solve. Two major themes emerged: seeing pilot projects on the ground and making the business case for better managed waste and the circular economy. In January 2015, we reconvened our network leaders to make sure these were the right issues. We continue to seek input from them, but are moving to launch pilot projects in priority areas.
The Global Engagement Forum: Live 2017
In April of 2017 we helped our partners PYXERA Global bring together almost 300 participants from across the world to Washington, DC to tackle some of the solvable problems in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We brought the CollaborateUp Formula to bear for three tracks of adaptive problems: the youth skills gap and unemployment, post-harvest loss, and non-communicable diseases. While many of these issues are "solved" in a technical capacity, there needs to be a concerted and collaborative effort to bring those solutions to scale. The participants represented a wealth of knowledge and resources, and were personally invited by PYXERA Global as the right people to get to work on solving these problems, many of them representing efforts to already do so.
In only two days, the participants were ready to go with their biggest barriers to action identified and with actionable plans for progress. Check out more about GEF Live and what comes next here.