Welcome to the Public-Private Alliance Foundation - PPAF
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, Rotary 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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"Putting it Together: Bioenergy, Clean Cookstoves and Sustainable Development"
Thursday, March 13, 10:00 a.m., Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, United Nations
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On Thursday, March 13, the Public-Private Alliance Foundation will collaborate with the UN Department of Public Information to hold a briefing at UN HQ: "Putting it Together: Bioenergy, Clean Cookstoves and Sustainable Development." This will be side event to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
The important yet under-appreciated connections amongst bioenergy, clean cookstoves and sustainable development are cutting edge areas of development work. In bringing together several experts with recent relevant experience, the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, an NGO associated with UN/DPI with experience in Haiti and elsewhere, will give participants a perspective on the issues and invite their involvement. Just in relation to cooking, nearly 3 billion people globally cook food and heat their homes with simple biomass cookstoves or open fires. 4 million premature deaths occur yearly due to smoke exposure from these methods. Women and children are the most affected. (WHO data reported by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.) At the same time, use of charcoal and wood destroys forests, with consequent environmental degradation.
The topic of this briefing aligns with the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, Zero Hunger and the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda. It is rooted in the UN Millennium Development Goals on poverty, health, environment and partnerships, as well as the emphasis on corporate responsibility in the work of the UN Global Compact.
This briefing will provide opportunity to examine issues and apprise participants of the connection between global policies and work on the ground. For example, the current work of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation is to help families and small businesses in Haiti to escape the poverty – respiratory disease – deforestation trap of Haiti’s heavy reliance on wood and charcoal for cooking and heat generation.
The briefing will bring together in a single panel experts in several fields. It will contribute to a better understanding of the issues, their interrelation and actions possible and underway.
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. 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 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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