The goal of our public-private partnerships unit is to harness the power of State Department resources together with non- and for-profit organizations in order to combine networks, expertise, and resources to better serve citizens around the world.
The State Department partners with the private sector on projects that address key policy goals such as climate change, good governance, women and girls leadership, and technology advancement. Partnerships aim to provide opportunities for emerging leaders and benefit their communities in 165 countries around the world.
Civil Society and Entrepreneurship
Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. Participants undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders; utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools.
The Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program for Journalists is a specialized exchange program to engage young international media professionals in dialogue with their U.S. counterparts. The program has brought more than 500 emerging leaders in the field of journalism to examine journalistic principles and practices, both in the U.S. and abroad, returning to their communities as agents of change.
FORTUNE/State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Program
The FORTUNE/State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership develops the management and business skills of emerging women leaders from countries around the world. The program brings approximately 25 women to the United States for a mentorship program that will match them with senior U.S. women executives in the fields of business, law, and sports. Participants have numerous opportunities to observe best practices and learn organization and leadership skills.
English Language Teaching Worldwide Partnerships
The English Education Alliance (E2A) connects resources from public, private, non-profit, and academic member organizations to meet English language teaching and learning needs and opportunities worldwide. E2A was founded by the U.S. Department of State and TESOL International Association in 2012 and the four key areas of focus are:
• Technology-supported learning
• Capacity building
• Teacher-focused professional development
• Learner-focused programs
E2A partners include:
biNu: a privately held company whose free mobile application dramatically improves internet access, speed, and social media connectivity for lower-tech mobile phones. biNu is used by over 5 million people monthly worldwide. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, biNu developed the American English mobile app to provide a library of free multimedia English language learning resources for English teachers and learners around globe.
Intel: technology corporation that specializes in designing and building the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Intel will develop and distribute pre-loaded English language learning content bundles on Intel’s computing devices sold abroad.
TESOL International: global association that advances professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. In a joint effort with the U.S. Department of State to respond to the global demand for English, TESOL International is connecting and expanding access to their international networks, and professional expertise and resources.
Worldreader: non-profit organization working to put e-books into the hands of children and families in the developing world using e-readers and mobile phones. The Worldreader Mobile app, developed in partnership with biNu, has over half a million active readers worldwide. Worldreader distributes free U.S. Department of State e-book resources for English language teachers and learners.
Environmental and Climate Change
Bloomberg Philanthropies: Our Cities, Our Climate
Our Cities, Our Climate: A Bloomberg Philanthropies - U.S. Department of State Partnership leverages the leading role cities play internationally in advancing innovative climate change action. The partnership convenes an international conversation for mayors around the world. This exchange also brings together international city sustainability officials, U.S. officials, and U.S. organizations to share best practices, discuss solutions, and ultimately accelerate the progress the world’s cities are making to address this global challenge.
Booz Allen Hamilton
ECA has partnered with Booz Allen Hamilton to provide mentoring and networking opportunities to youth. Booz Allen hosts professional development workshops and events for National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) alumni. In the past these events have featured panel discussions, regional cuisine, alumni presentations, small group language practice, and networking opportunities. The NSLI-Y program provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students and recent graduates interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages overseas.