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Pocket Guidebook

The following summarizes the contents of this document. The sections can be taken in sequence or independently to provide insights to GEF project managers regarding key steps to establish and sustain public-private partnerships:

  • Section 4: Checklist for Public-Private Partnerships – This short checklist will identify critical steps and approaches to building and coordinating private sector partnerships, including sample sources of private sector and NGO funding that could be interest to GEF IW projects.  PMs should focus on “doing their homework” to most effectively identify possible partners that will add value to the project and where project priorities align with the private sector.  Business relevant outcomes are critical. 
  • Section 5: A Partnership Analysis Tool – This tool is for organizations entering into or working with a partnership to assess, monitor and maximize ongoing effectiveness.  The Partnership Analysis Tool is divided into two activities: (1) assessing the purpose of the partnership, in particular project sustainability and (2) creating a map of the partnership which shows how partner actions increase value and outcomes.
  • Section 6: Facilitator’s Guidebook – This section offers GEF project managers and other facilitators suggested approaches for convening meetings and individual discussions to promote public-private partnerships and tackle some of the key issues in establishing them.
  • Section 7: Case Studies and Lessons Learned – Case studies of current GEF IW project partnerships with the private sector will illustrate potential models, practices and lessons learned to guide future GEF collaboration with the private sector.  The cases include highlighted practices for PMs to consider.  There are also questions derived from the checklist and other appendices included at the end of each case study to illustrate how current projects are addressing private sector involvement.