Sustainable development is a global need that must be addressed from a multi-dimensional perspective. P4G aims to do so with the creation of a community of best practices in five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) key areas. Projects from across the whole world help partners in pitching to investors, startup or scaleup funding and building partnership networks.
P4G is for organisations that want to team up for green growth: SMEs, bigger companies, NGOs, knowledge institutions, national and local governments and government institutions based in the Netherlands and/or abroad. Let’s explore some Dutch international sustainable development solutions.
Sustainable Sourcing at Scale Partnership - towards a more sustainable food chain in India
Sustainable Sourcing at Scale Partnership
Creating more sustainable food chains is one of today’s main global challenges. Food producers, buyers, sellers and consumers are joining hands to reduce food waste, encourage more efficient use of land and raw materials and ensure a fair income for all. However, making sure food products meet sustainability criteria is difficult, expensive and time-consuming. The Sustainable Sourcing at Scale Partnership aims to reduce costs related to sustainable agricultural production while increasing access to international markets for smallholder farmers in India’s Andhra Pradesh region.
Crowdfunding platform PlusPlus gives money meaning
There is a close connection between hunger and poverty. People who are unable to grow their own food or cannot afford to buy food go hungry. This is a daily reality for over 800 million people worldwide. Impact investing platform PlusPlus helps small and medium-sized (SME) agri-food businesses in developing countries grow by giving them access to interest-free loans. In this way, PlusPlus boosts food security, entrepreneurship and employment.
Deltares’ partnership safeguards future clean water
In the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, a public-private partnership (PPP) called ‘Sustainable Future for Textile Factories’ is helping to safeguard future water supplies to the city by helping its textile industry reduce pollution. Dhaka’s rivers are already too polluted to drink, while supplies of ground water are shrinking faster than they can be replenished. Dutch water research institute Deltares is part of the PPP tasked with helping to ensure clean water supplies from the Meghna river, 30 kilometres away.
FINISH Mondial: Brokers partnerships in sanitation
FINISH Mondial started with projects India in 2009. Since then, it has spread to Kenya, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. It aims to provide sanitation to 10 million people by constructing 2 million safely managed toilets by 2025. By providing toilets in schools, 1.2 million pupils also have access to clean sanitation.
IW+ Aqua for all: Unique lease scheme brings water supplies to fast-growing, low-income urban areas
IW+ Aqua for all
Providing clean and reliable water supplies in fast-growing urban areas in developing countries is a major challenge. Water utilities are reluctant to invest in the necessary infrastructure, partly because residents in low-income neighbourhoods do not have the cash ready to pay large water bills. This financial gap makes investment unattractive. As a result, residents are forced to turn to short-term solutions which are expensive in the long run, thus perpetuating the problem. Dutch organisation Aqua for all is part of the international iW+ Partnership which breaks the cycle holding back investment in infrastructure, bringing down costs and facilitating a reliable water supply.
Energise Africa brings off-grid solar energy to Sub-Sahara Africa
Embodying the spirit of global collaboration are two online investing platforms, Ethex and Lendahand who joined forces to provide UK-based retail investors with investment opportunities, significantly improving off-grid energy access for families in Sub-Saharan Africa. UK-based Ethex is a non-profit social impact savings and investment platform and Lendahand is a Dutch-based crowdfunding platform focused on impact investing in emerging markets. Together, both organisations launched Energise Africa – an initiative that provides working capital to businesses that sell solar home systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim was to provide more than 111,000 rural families access to clean and renewable energy over the next three years.
Inspiring Dutch PPPs
Dutch public-private partnerships (PPPs) are recognised as effective mechanisms for directly and indirectly achieving the SDGs, because they provide innovative, scalable solutions for bringing the green economy in full swing.
From all of the presently running Dutch PPPs across the globe, a number of them are standing out for their originality and ability to inspire to no end. As we are still in the beginning of the SDG ‘Decade of Action’, these Dutch PPPs challenge you to push your creative limits, ask you to see the world in a remarkable different way or kickstart your partnerships for green and inclusive growth. Here is to making the 2020s the ‘Decade of Delivery’.
Geodata for agriculture and water (G4AW)
We still have a long way to go in our fight against hunger by 2030.Today, 690 million people are still suffering from undernourishment. Climate change is one of the leading causes. If this situation continue to persist, the number of people affected by hunger in the next decade will surpass 840 million. A paradigm shift is required in the way we produce food. Satellite technology can help us to gain more grounds.
Water as Leverage provides a roadmap to creating inclusive, bankable, scalable programmes
Water as Leverage
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, then US President Barack Obama called in the expertise of Netherlands Water Envoy Henk Ovink for a new approach to post-disaster reconstruction in New York. Instead of replacing what has been destroyed, he set up a competition for inclusive, holistic and future-proof projects to reconstruct a city resilient to climate change, Rebuild by Design. This laid the foundation for the principles of Water as Leverage.
Sustainable energy for all
Sustainable energy for all
Everyone will have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy in 2030. That is the ambitious goal of Energising Development (EnDev) – a strategic partnership of like-minded donors and partners formed by Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The group focuses on providing access to modern, renewable energy to people in more than 20 countries, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This helps to strengthen socio-economic development and combatting climate change.
Burning to buying rice straw for a better environment
Burning to buying
Every year, Indian rice farmers burn around 36 million tons of rice straw, releasing more than 54 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. But what if we could reuse rice straw instead? The Burning to Buying programme is an Indian-Dutch initiative that pursues this circular idea. The programme buys rice straw from Indian farmers, which it then transforms into climate positive products such as packaging and furniture parts. This reduces CO2 emissions and supports local farmers.
Holland Circular Hotspot: a stand-up partner for a circular economy
Holland Circular Hotspot
Innovation and partnerships, including (PPPs), are the cornerstone in making consumption and production more sustainable. As one of the pioneers of innovative partnerships for a circular economy, the Netherlands has adopted an ambitious national roadmap – one that works with industry, civil-society organisations, knowledge institutions and other authorities to ensure a circular Dutch economy by 2050.