Global Partnerships Enhance Diplomacy and Development

January 15, 2013
Infographic on 2012 Diaspora Engagement

Continuing our series on global partnerships, today's entry highlights major achievements for diaspora engagement in 2012. We also spotlight a brand-new flagship -- the culmination of three years of work -- that is now being piloted in Brazil. Check out our infographic highlighting these partnerships, read more about our efforts, and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

International Diaspora Engagement Alliance

In July, we co-hosted with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the second annual Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum, to highlight the successes and outline the future priorities of the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance -- or IdEA. This innovative partnership platform brings together over 1,500 diaspora communities groups, the private sector, and public institutions in a collaborative process to enhance diplomacy and development outcomes around the globe.

At the forum, we announced a number of new partnerships to enhance the IdEA platform including a new platform to help people to invest back in their communities of heritage through a partnership with GlobalGiving that highlights investment projects that benefit developing communities. IdEA also announced a partnership with MentorCloud, which connects mentors in the United States with youth around the world, as well as a volunteer matching service to help place U.S.-based diasporans into volunteer opportunities in communities of heritage. And under a new IdEA Fellows program, USAID announced the Diasporas Development Initiative, a public private partnership with Accenture and Cuso International in which highly-skilled diapora professionals will be recruited to do volunteer assignments in their countries of origin or heritage.

In addition to these partnership, IdEA helped launch or support four competitions: the Caribbean IdEA Marketplace, which would provide $100,000 matching grants to projects that foster local and diaspora business partnerships in the region; the African Diaspora Marketplace, underwhich USAID awarded 17 entrepreneurs with business development support and grant funding to launch businesses in Africa; the Latin American Idea Partnership (La Idea), an effort of S/GPI, USAID and multiple private sector partners to foster collaboration between entrepreneurs in the United States and Latin America; and the Pacific Islands diaspora Marketplace to enhance and deepen collaboration in this region.

2013 will bring even more momentum to this initiative. The 3rd annual Global Diaspora Forum, which will take place on May 14-15, will build on its global alliances and expand from beyond a DC-centered event to a multi-city engagement around the world. By expanding to include cities with robust diaspora communities in the United States and around the globe, the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum will become a truly global event that engages North American-, European-, and African- and Asian-based diaspora communities simultaneously. In addition, we are working on a number of initiatives to engage diaspora communities via innovative means -- including the development of a diaspora volunteer corps and a platform for diaspora philanthropy.

Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships

In April, Secretary Clinton launched our newest flagship initiative -- the Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships initiative, or AMP, at the Secretary's Global Impact Economy Forum. This innovative new partnership brings together a cross-sectoral coalition of government, private sector and non-profit actors, with the goal of developing, seeding and scaling innovations that generate revenue opportunities, strengthen communities and protect the environment.

Since AMP's launch, we've set up the Secretariat with the Tides Center and worked with our partners on the initial market assessment to define specific opportunities for collaboration. The initiative is piloting in Brazil and is focusing on promoting sustainable cities through housing in urban centers and electronic waste recycling. In 2013, we look forward to guiding further collaboration among AMP partners to develop solutions through a market-based approach.

Tomorrow's blog will include the final installment of our series about global partnerships in which we highlight other partnership activities that were launched throughout last year. Read our previous entry, and stay tuned for more!



New Mexico, USA
January 16, 2013

Eric in New Mexico writes:

To honor Hamid Karzai's visit, I guess I gotta remind folks of what he said a long time ago about the "theory of nation building" (for lack of a better term to define the context);

"Without security, nothing can be built."

12 years ago before 9/11 the concept of a "global partnership" to address anything was strictly in the domain of the UN and possibly NATO/and the willing cobbled together in common security to address conflict situations.

We have a "global alliance" of odd fellows to address piracy and terrorism, but yet there are places on this Earth where conflict has raged for generations or more and these problems cannot be addressed in "hands off" way anymore by the US...hoping the parties to these conflicts will somehow get their act together and talk and make peace.

A) Because these conflicts sap the resources of donor nations to humanitarian efforts towards the needy in their own nations.
And the longer they continue the more it costs everyone, involved or not, economicly.

B) If people in government of these United States are going to be discussing gun control of the American population, we the people as well as the "powers that be" among international partners , better be willing to apply that to international law as well in order to get a grip on the level of open conflict on this planet.

C) You create your own reality, or others will create it for you.

D) We are a nation of nation builders on many levels.

Enough said,


Virginia, USA
January 17, 2013

Jonathan in Virginia writes:

In light of our budget constraints and the need to cut back our spending, I wanted to ask if the United States is limiting or cutting back the spending or giving of funds to foriegn countries. Especially the funds that are not directly related to the Campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thank you for your time.

Very Respectfully,



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