Welcome to the Public-Private Alliance Foundation - PPAF
Click on a Donate button to your right give to our Safe Cooking for Haiti project. The photos below show current cooking methods, trucks bringing charcoal from the mountains to the Port-au-Prince area, and a woman selling charcoal roadside.
The Public Private Alliance Foundation is committed to improving lives through creating linkages with partners to help reduce poverty and help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. We network with business, government, academia, the financial community, non-profits, United Nations agencies, civic clubs, communities and individuals. We stimulate entrepreneurship, investment and jobs in the countries and communities where we work.
Focusing on the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Madagascar, our vision is to make a difference for human betterment.
We also work closely with the United Nations for policies and actions to advance public-private alliances. The Foundation is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact. It is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, a partner in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and a member of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance.
The Foundation brings public attention to important development issues through convening or participating in workshops, seminars and conferences in the U.S. and in our focus countries.
The Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Its EIN is 71-1016293.
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The Public-Private Alliance Foundation engages interns and volunteers in a business approach to overcoming health and environmental issues that affect low-income families in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Students from Mercy College, EF Language School, Manhattanville College, Hastings High School, New York Medical College School of Public Health apply their French and Spanish language, movie-making, scientific research, web development, business development, public health and survey research to our work with a Haitian business to create an innovative ethanol stove and fuel supply from local sugarcane. Their experience helps shape their academic work and future careers. Talented Westchester community members serve as volunteers and advisers. Half the world’s population cooks their daily meals on charcoal, wood and other such biomass, which leads to over 4 million deaths annually worldwide and has an impact on climate change. Your support will help both locally and globally.
Look at our new ethanol stove, the improved prototype created with your financial assistance and ready for a first run of manufacture and testing with a pilot group of families!
From November 18-21 the PERMANENT MISSION OF MADAGASCAR TO THE UN hosted business people and association leaders who brought Malagasy products and handicrafts, including silver jewelry with semi-precious stones, homeopathic preparations including essential oils, designer necklaces, coffee, tea and spices, denim clothing and small goods, exquisitely embroidered linens, basketry and table goods made of horn. Details on the seven companies exhibiting are found in the .pdfs linked here.
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Up to Date with PPAF - HAITI COOKSTOVES AND FUEL
We would like to thank all who donated to our recent fundraising effort for Phase I of a project to test and evaluate newly designed ethanol cookstoves in Haiti as part of the Safe Cooking in Haiti Project. We are now ready to begin Phase II, creation of the first community-scale distillery. Join us by giving generously to establishment of this distillery that will produce high-quality ethanol for the new stoves.
Great news! Wonderful donors met the challenge grant of $5,000 given by the owners of Resource Furniture, which resulted in a total of over $10,800.
This led to a trip to Haiti by a PPAF team in October who worked with a local manufacturer to build and test stoves and to carry out studies with local women about their cooking practices and preferences.
Resource Furniture has also linked to our website from there; Link here to learn more about their philosophy of sustainability and their support to non-profits and educational initiatives, including PPAF.
“Energy and Climate Action: Essential Tools for the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
PPAF organized a seminar entitled “Energy and Climate Action: Essential Tools for the Post-2015 Development Agenda” as part of the UN Department of Information / Non-Governmental Organizations conference “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda.” The UNA-USA Southern New York State Division (UNA-SNY) and its Energy Project were co-sponsors, along with the United Nations Association of the USA, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development and the Batey Relief Alliance. The full conference, August 27-29 in New York, drew over 3,000 participants.
Moderated by Dr. David Stillman, the panelists at the seminar included:
The video above summarizes the work and findings of PPAF"s consultancy for the Inter-American Development Bank in Haiti in fall 2013. PPAF is currently developing further steps in ethanol fuel and stove production in Haiti.
"Putting it Together: Bioenergy, Clean Cookstoves and Sustainable Development,"
a PPAF led Panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 13, 2014.
The Foundation worked with the UN Department of Public Information to host a lively and well-attended panel discussion on the 13th at the UN. Panelists explored the interconnections between bioenergy policy, clean cookstoves and very practical ways to improve creation of alcohol (ethanol) for cooking. Click on the program for the event (under the photo above) and for items below to gain access:
Jeff Brez, Chief, DPI/NGO Relations and Advocacy, introduced the program, which opened with a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves video narrated by actress Julia Roberts.
Kathryn R. Leininger, Business Development Manager JMConsulting
Corinne Hart, Program Manager, Gender and Markets Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (See the Alliance's new resource guide: Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women's Empowerment .)
Thomas Setchel, Energy Conservation and Distillation Specialist, Sustainable Technology Systems, Inc.
David Stillman, PPAF Executive Director, moderated the program.
Cookstoves, Distilleries and Increasing Production in Haiti
PPAF teams worked in Haiti from September 15 through the 23rd, and again from October 19 through the 27th, 2013. They met with Inter-American Development Bank officials, government officials, farmers and distillers and community organizations including women's groups in Leogane, and several organizations in Jacmel. The teams focused on use and testing of cookstoves, research on existing practices in distilleries and their potential for increasing production of high-proof ethanol, and on market studies for ethanol cookstoves and fuel.
David Stillman participated in the Workshop to Develop a National Energy Action Plan for Haiti on December 10 at the invitation of the Inter-American Development Bank. He presented the findings of a consultancy undertaken for the Bank from September to November 2013.
Go to the Events section to learn about PPAF activities in June (in Washington, DC and London, UK) and July (in Haiti).
The photos below were taken as part of PPAF's contract with the Inter-American Development Bank.
PPAF convened April 4, 2013 Consultation at UN
The Public-Private Alliance Foundation held a Consultation on Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel on April 4 at the United Nations, sponsored by the UN Office for Partnerships and others. An article on the event appears in the April 2013 Update from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Click on this title: "Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel - a Highlight on Haiti at the United Nations".
PPAF, Path to Haiti Business Consulting LLC, SImACT Inc. and other partners are currently conducting a pilot project toward commercialization of these stoves and ethanol supply. It is the first project of its kind in Haiti. Dometic Group AB manufactures the stoves and Project Gaia, Inc. has donated an initial supply to this project. The Consultation was held in the Economic and Social Council Chamber.
The consultation had two purposes: (1) to advance expansion of the project in Haiti by bringing together a range of actors for agreement and next steps and (2) to promote the benefits and possibilities of ethanol cookstoves and fuel in Haiti and elsewhere. Seventy people participated, including technical specialists, policymakers, community representatives, UN and government officials, diaspora members, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders including members of the UN Association of the USA Southern New York State Division, which supported the event.
Brief presentations by a series of key people provided background and content for working groups which discussed stoves, fuel and distillation, distribution, financing and awareness. The Consul-General of Haiti thereafter invited a small group to meet with him in the afternoon.
See the Program and Background Note below.
How You Can Participate
A hot food street vendor
You can become part of our effort to help Haiti transform from reliance on wood and charcoal to clean fuels. Pilot implementation of the Haiti Cookstoves and Fuel Alternatives project began in September. The PPAF team's third trip to Haiti took place from January 16 to 23, 2013. Team members included David Stillman. PPAF Executive Director, George Garland, PPAF Board Member, and Fritz Clairvil, of Path To Haiti Business Consulting LLC and SimACT, Inc.
In Haiti 75 % of total energy use is wood and charcoal for cooking. This has contributed to massive deforestation, leading to erosion and hurricane mudslides. Fumes from the four million tons of firewood Haitians consume each year produce health hazards, especially for women and children, and reinforce the cycle of poverty. Clean-burning cookstoves will help solve these problems and will help improve the lives and well-being of many. The hot food street vendor pictured above spoke with us about how happy she would be if she could cook with a cleaner fuel. Many others have echoed this hope.
The Public-Private Alliance Foundation and several partners are leading pilot projects in Jacmel and Leogane that are laying the basis for major changes in how people cook in Haiti. Time-tested boat and leisure camping alcohol (ethanol) stoves made by Dometic AB and promoted by Project Gaia, Inc., plus high-proof alcohol distilled from Haitian sugarcane, are combining to meet a latent demand in households and small business to exit the poverty-disease-deforestation trap of cooking with charcoal.
PPAF’s prior research, hosting of seminars and other preparations have brought a focus to the potential of bioenergy in developing countries. Consultations with Project Gaia, collaboration with Path To Haiti Busines Consulting Firm, LLC and SImACT Inc., networking with others, and fundraising for project work in Haiti are now bearing fruit. Pilot implementation is now taking place with the first of 1,300 Dometic cookstoves that Project Gaia imported as humanitarian items after the 2010 earthquake.
PPAF has also funded a briquette press created by Konbit Pou Ayiti (KONPAY), through Social Tap, Inc. The resulting briquettes, created from organic or agricultural by-products, are used in improved-efficiency charcoal stoves.
How You Can Help: PPAF has received initial project support from the Community Church of New York - Unitarian Universalist, from the Rotary Club of New York, from Participant Media, from Resource Furniture and from private donors. Additional funds are needed. Please help support this project by donating generously online - see the Donate buttons to the right or go to our What You Can Do page.
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