Investing With Impact: Building Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 13, 2012
Conversations With America: Investing With Impact

Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, will hold a conversation with Kirsty Jenkinson, Director, Markets & Enterprise Program, World Resources Institute on "Investing with Impact: Building Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow." The conversation will highlight how government and business are working together to promote lasting change and innovation around the globe. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available for on demand viewing soon on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog.

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the broadcast. Submit your questions below here on DipNote, and join the ongoing discussion via Twitter using the hashtag #ImpactGPI. Please submit questions via DipNote and Twitter as soon as possible for consideration.

Through Conversations with America, leaders of national non-governmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior State Department officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

View other Conversations with America here and by accessing the Conversations with America video podcasts on iTunes.

Editor's Note: This Conversations With America webcast occurred on April 19. You can read the transcript here.



New Mexico, USA
April 14, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Kris B. & Kirsty J.

After reading this truly amazing story, I started thinking about some things and while this may seem a bit off the beaten track of this conversation, it's a good example of the impact an investment in public knowlege of the world we live in can have on an individual.

"An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania - using satellite images."


Now I asked my self how it was this kid could remain lost, when in America we put tags on our pets so they won't remain lost, and if this younster had had "dog tags" like the US Armed forces wear, he never would have remained lost for any length of time.

DoS gets involved with fighting child trafficking globally, anti-slavery issues, sex trafficking and a host of child welfare programs in general, as well as assisting US citizens travelling overseas when troubles happens to them.

Since a lost child seems to me to be both a pitiful thing and totally unnessesary to have happen in the 21st century, I got a "what if?" question for you'all to think about.

Since DoS issues passports with personal info on it for adults who travel, (as does every other nation), why not initiate a program globally to put a microchip with a birth certificate and contact info on it on bracelet or necklace or some such as a child can wear that if separated from his/her parents can be used to re-unite them?

Seems to me such an investment by governments in a child's personal ID would do a great deal to mitigate all the issues I've listed specificly above.

Can you both give me a ballpark idea just how much an impact making such an investment would have, and what it would take to market the idea into near universaly accepted practice on a global scale?

In any case, you know who the "poster child" for that marketing strategy will be now, right?

A lost child who used Google Earth to find his way home as an adult.

Thanks for taking this question.


Abdul K.
April 14, 2012

Abdul K. in India writes:

How can Mozambique benefit from the partnerships with USA to promote innovation ?

Ashim C.
April 15, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

Given the US commitment to stay engaged in South and South East Asia strategically, I would like to moot the idea of a distinct forum of Governments and Private Sectors of US,SAARC countries and South East Asian countries to promote inclusive growth through free trade and commerce, transfer of futuristic technology for food and energy security particularly. Please comment...

Dorothy M.
United States
April 16, 2012

Dorothy M. in the U.S.A. writes:

DipNote Bloggers,

Investing with Impact, Building Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow should showcase US solar companies and available programs. I commend the U.S. and the administration for empowering home owners with grants and tax incentives, to help make the world a better tomorrow.

Programs such as these should think about highlighting the many ways this administration has provided home owners to eliminate their dependance from local utility companies. I think the US is doing all that it can to promote a better tomorrow. The difficulty comes when trying to spread the word that home owners can get up to 30% in rebates to help them pay for converting to solar.

I constantly hear on the news that alternative energy and EV cars are too costly.

Although, I commend the decisions made by the U.S., we should the U.S. should help promote what these significant positive changes.

Helping the average American household cut their utility bills coupled with lower expenses could help alot of U.S. home owners. Yet, few people know about these programs. This administration should promote the local companies, rebates, tax incentives, grants and financing programs to help promote jobs and making the world a better tomorrow by lowering home owner expense.

I hear little to nothing on the news from the administration about the good incentives they have made available to home owners.

Most home owners are completely unaware of the programs the U.S. has implemented.

This should be a priority topic during future Building Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow discussions..

Thanks for all the good work, keep it coming!

Solar Universe California

Maciej C.
District Of Columbia, USA
April 16, 2012

Maciej C. in Washington, D.C. writes:

How can the US harness it's numerous diaspora communities first hand expertise to strengthen the impact of US-foreign partnerships?

Dhyana Z.
Florida, USA
April 18, 2012

Dr. Dhyana Z. in Florida writes:

Currently, there are so many global challenges that have to be addressed by both business and government to achieve the goal of providing innovative opportunities for partnerships. How will you meet these challenges in the face of the global economic crisis, social uprisings similar to the Arab Spring, new leadership in some regions, and a lack of trust of our goverment? What strategies will you use to build a diplomatic bridge designed for successful initiatives and sustainable innovative projects?

Lawrence H.
Virginia, USA
April 20, 2012

Lawrence H. in Virginia writes:

When is/was this "conversation?" No date anywhere.


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