Public-Private Alliance Foundation

Rating: 4.94 stars   51 reviews

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Location: 166 Edgars Lane Hastings on Hudson NY 10706 USA

Mission: Through collaboration, we help stimulate entrepreneurship and commerce-related activities and encourage investment for sustainable development. Focusing on the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Madagascar, our vision is to make a difference for human betterment.
Results: PPAF is a networking organization to stimulate collaboration among many partners. We have held 8 seminars or workshops, including in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Plans have been made to start ethanol production in Haiti; 1,300 stoves are in-country. Through a partnership with the Madagascar Mission to the UN, local Rotary Clubs, the Starkey Foundation and the government, 3,200 young people have been fitted with hearing aids.
Target demographics: Ultimate target is to help people out of poverty in our focus countries.
Direct beneficiaries per year: As a networking organization we enabled thousands of people annually to benefit from delivery of goods and services through partners. - Hurricane relief in Dominican Republic; medical supplies and equipment in Madagascar; hearing aids in Madagascar.Dozens annually have participated in our seminars, with over 100 in our workshop in Jacmel, Haiti, after the earthquake. 3,200 people have received hearing aids through our bringing together local and international organizations.
Geographic areas served: Haiti, Dominican Republic, Madagascar.
Programs: Ethanol Cookstove and Fuel Initiative for Haiti; Annual Partners Against Poverty seminars at the United Nations
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Rating: 5 stars  

PPAF is working with excellent partners to promote sustainable fuel and improved cook stoves
for Haiti. PPAF identified many ways to make ethanol production more efficient and is working to demonstrate that high quality affordable ethanol for cooking can be produced in Haiti using local feed
stock. Wood and wood charcoal are currently used by 1.85 million households (out of 2 million) in Haiti using about 4 million tons of trees. Sustainable yield from current Haitian forest is estimated at .5 million tons. Volunteer time is used to stretch effective use of donations to the maximum extent possible.

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The Public Private Alliance Foundation is working to bring cookstove practices which protect human health from lethal indoor smoke, preserve forests, allow women to avoid dangerous wood gathering missions and girls to go to school. Work in Haiti promises to demonstrate the practicality and economic viability of ethanol cookstoves to replace current charcoal based methods.

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As a Board member I have seen the day to day efforts to bring improved tachnology for cookstoves, safer fuels, and potential markets together to address deforestation and improve human health.

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This organization might be more effective in colaboration with initiatives to promote national level approaches which promise more rapid dissemination of these important innovations.

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It is a real pleasure to work with PPAF. It is doing fantastic work in Haiti and is engaged in cutting-edge work on clean cook stoves and ethanol. The US government is supporting these aims as well, which makes the work all the more important. In Madagascar PPAF also works to supply medical equipment and has the support of the Highest levels of the Malagasy government.

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PPAF is a wonderful organization. It works in Haiti, Madagascar, Dominican Republic and elsewhere. It is accredited by the United Nations

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Life-changing

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2013

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Public Private Alliance Foundation is a wonderful organization. It is new and small, but it does a great deal. PPAF works closely with the United Nations and some of its Board members are Ambassadors.

Immediatly after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, PPAF mobalized to provide assitance, notably in private sector capacity building. PPAF has worked with a Haitian-American organization to promote development along the Southern coast of Haiti.

PPAF has worked to promote public and private sector alternative energy programs in the countries in which it operates, notably in the Dominican Republic (ethanol) and Madagascar (jatropha).

PPAF also has helped strengthen the health care sector in Madagascar, which is a country particularly of interest to me. PPAF was instramtental in delivering millions of dollars of medical equipment to hospitals in Madagascar and in promoting the gift of hearing in Madagascar.

Anyone wishing to help promote sustainable development should strongly consider working the PPAF.

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I personally have seen the PPAF work very well with the United Nations and NGO's in Madagascar and Dominican Republic.

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I would work to raise more funds for the PPAF's programs and operational budgets.

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I have had the honor to have had the opportunity to work as a consultant with PPAF and their incredible work in Haiti to provide alternatives to charcoal as a cook fuel. They are tireless and consistent at pushing forward with innovative and productive ways to identify uses of several potential biofuel sources that would improve the health and environment of the Haitian people. My work , to provide Ethanol as clean burning alternative fuel has been extremely rewarding. I have been honored and thankful for the opportunity to work with this outstanding,dedicated and focused organization.

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2014

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I work with the Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF) as Board Secretary and in communications and as internship coordinator. PPAF has made a real impact with a number of sugarcane distillers in Haiti. PPAF brought a biochemist and a distillery specialist to Haiti to work with them to produce ethanol. Now the distillers can produce ethanol for cookstoves much more efficiently and at lower cost. This is a win-win-win situation. Distillers can make more money through efficient production. Mothers and children using ethanol cookstoves don't have to breathe noxious fumes from charcoal. As more and more use ethanol for cooking, trees don't have to be cut down for wood and charcoal for cooking. Long term this will help reduce the destruction of forests. 75% of energy use in Haiti is for cooking!

The Foundation also educates other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through its outreach. In March 2014 the Foundation worked with the UN's Department of Public Information to organize a briefing at the UN that was attended by over 150 representatives of NGOs. The topic was Bioenergy, Clean Cookstoves and Sustainable Development. This took place during the Commission on the Status of Women, A follow-up meeting was held with about 25 people to discuss possible collaborations among several organizations working in Haiti.



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Already in 2013 the Foundation has greatly expanded its work on clean cookstoves and ethanol fuel in Haiti, to help overcome the poverty - disease - deforestation trap of charcoal. The team has managed two field tests there and also organized important policy meetings on Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel at the United Nations and in Washington (in which I participated). The team joined in the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Clean Cookstoves and Clean Cooking Solutions and PPAF's Executive Director spoke to a joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the Dominican Republic and Haiti at Parliament in London. I supervise talented interns (six so far this year) and work with other volunteers who are committed to making a difference for the people of Haiti.

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I am happy that the Foundation is starting pilot implementation to bring clean fuels and clean stoves to Haitian families. These include a stove that burns ethanol distilled from local sugar cane, a traditional crop, and briquettes made from agricultural waste for other stoves. The purpose is to reduce deforestation, to help improve health especially of women and children affected by noxious fumes from burning charcoal and wood, and to reduce the burden of poverty. The Foundation is working with two Haitian non-profits as well as with a local hotel. and has technical support from other organizations. The aim is to create jobs and to improve peoples' lives. Next steps are to raise funds to increase the impact.

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2012

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Beyond its work with focus countries of Haiti, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic, the Foundation is doing a great job of bringing information about sustainable development, energy and especially about clean cookstoves to Rotary Clubs, colleges, and conferences. Board members and Senior Fellows join the Executive Director in this.

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2012

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The Public-Private Alliance Foundation facilitates collaboration among businesses, non-profits, governments, universities, individuals and international organizations. Last June over 100 people attended a seminar to discuss and plan for the rebuilding of Jacmel and Southern Haiti. Since then a number of organizations are collaborating in a partnership to introduce ethanol-based cookstoves into Haiti, to build them there, to stimulate sugar-cane farming and distillation. The purpose is to reduce wood- and charcoal-based cooking, reduce deforestation, and help protect health, especially that of women and children, by reducing the noxious fumes that come from charcoal.

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I've watched the Foundation grow in its outreach to others, and to expand the message of sustainable, green development.

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Publicize the work of the Foundation broadly and expand its funding.

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The Public-Private Alliance Foundation creates organizational and intellectual space for synergy between for-profit and non-profit entities, leading to improved development in low-income countries. While this has been in vogue for more than a decade in development circles, the direct experience of PPAF, especially in the Haiti alcohol stoves efforts, amply demonstrates the benefits of this approach.

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Sharpen the statements of results desired from each activity, including expected costs and metrics intended to measure outcomes.

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I continue to be impressed with the dedication of the Executive Director and those who work with him to moving forward significantly while being extreemly efficient in his use of the funds available. The recent kick-off of the ethanol stoves project in Haiti is an example of just one such successful effort.

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This organization is doing great work for human health and the environment by promoting clean cookstoves in Haiti.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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2014

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PPAF is devoted to helping both people and the environment by promoting clean, ethanol-based cookstoves. Their current focus is Haiti, where the need is enormous. A very worthwhile cause!

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PPAF is a small organization with a highly skilled and dedicated staff. They know how to focus their efforts in ways that pay off in practical results. Nothing gets lost in bureaucracy. Their projects benefit both people and the environment, rather than pitting those goals against each other.

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