Building on the spirit of collaboration that distinguishes its members, the Hilton Prize Coalition explores and evaluates new models to achieve efficiency and high impact for the most vulnerable populations. These Collaborative Models leverage the rich base of talent, assets, experience and insight from its growing membership, as each Coalition member is able to achieve more collectively than it could individually. Through the implementation and dissemination of these models, the Coalition intends to demonstrate how complex collaboration can be forged and focused into meaningful collective impact.
The Hilton Prize Coalition’s projects span a number of impact areas including education, medical research, public health, disaster relief, and youth development with global programs.
Perhaps the most critical success and value of the Coalition is the ongoing networking, transparent dialogue and relationships that strengthen each Coalition member, allowing them to carry on their work to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.
In the fall of 2016, the Coalition launched several pilot projects developed by Coalition members through special working sessions.
- Trauma Informed Care Models
Co-Lead Organizations: Casa Alianza/Covenant House and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
Covenant House, in partnership with IRCT, will develop a comprehensive set of presentation slides and printed materials in Spanish on issues related to trauma informed care. These materials will be used as training and reference resources that will assist mental health workers and specialists to better understand the effects of trauma, to create a conceptual map of how to approach traumatized youth, and to further integrate these leading edge principles into social services for youth in crisis. IRCT will lend its expertise in action-based research, knowledge-sharing processes, and survivor engagement to further substantialize the model.
In December 2016, representatives of Casa Alianza/Covenant House and IRCT convened for an open meeting around the Trauma Informed Care Models pilot project at the IRCT 10th International Scientific Symposium in Mexico City, Mexico. Participants discussed therapeutic approaches, shared experiences, and explored opportunities to support one another in their respective work.
- Train-the-Trainer Life Support Certification
Lead Organization: Operation Smile; Contributing Organization: HelpAge International
Operation Smile will conduct an AHA (American Heart Association) Basic Life Support (BLS) training for Hilton Prize Coalition members and potential refugee population care providers based in Amman, Jordan, in March 2017. The objective of this project is to build regional healthcare capacity in the face of disaster situations. This train-the-trainer model is vital for the large number of aid organizations who serve refugee populations from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine with limited funds and little or no access to shared resources.
The curriculum for this training will be supplemented by components and/or modules contributed by HelpAge International, with a lens on elderly populations.
- Monitoring & Evaluation Capacity Building
Lead Organization: PATH; Participating Organizations: BRAC, Clubhouse International, Casa Alianza/Covenant House, HelpAge International, Landesa
PATH has been engaged to conduct an assessment in the form of a competency-based monitoring and evaluation self-assessment survey. The purpose of the survey is twofold: First, the survey will inform the Coalition’s M&E capacity building strategy, and second, it will help to identify opportunities to leverage the strengths of Coalition members in future capacity building work.
- Collaborative Issue Brief on Climate Change
Lead Organization: Landesa; Contributing Organization: BRAC
Landesa is leading the desk research for and writing of a collaborative issue brief on land and climate change, with a specific focus on slow onset displacement due to drought. The brief will highlight sub-Saharan Africa country case studies by BRAC and will present best practices. Through this brief, the Coalition seeks to bring attention to the critical issues of climate change, refugees, and land tenure rights.
Stay tuned for a social media campaign around the publication of this issue brief in March 2017.
- Collaboration Coordinators
- Sumnima Shrestha, Community Resource and Mobilization Manager at Heifer International Nepal, serves as the Coalition's Collaboration Coordinator in Nepal.
Following the collaboration initiated through the pilot project of the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program, Sumnima Shrestha, Community Resource and Mobilization Manager at Heifer International Nepal, was named to serve as the Coalition's Collaboration Coordinator in Nepal. The position creates a mechanism for continued collaboration and establishes a foundation on which to build broader and larger partnerships in years to come.
The position creates a mechanism for collaboration and establishes a foundation on which to build broader partnerships in years to come. The Coalition will replicate this model, beginning in the UK, with Collaboration Coordinators around the globe focused on identifying program synergies, cultivating a network and building the partnership approach within Coalition member organizations.
Past initiatives implemented by The Hilton Prize Coalition include:
The Zero Fistula Project
Implemented by Coalition members Amref Health Africa and Tostan, to effectively tackle the issue of fistula in the most affected regions of Senegal. This UNFPA-funded project officially started in May 2014 and ran until the end of December 2014, focusing on the Kolda region in southern Senegal, but also aiming to raise awareness of obstetric fistula in the Tambacounda and Matam regions.
Governments, NGOs, private donors, international organizations, and, most importantly, Haitians, are reflecting on the hard lessons learned after the initial extraordinary global response and commitments of resources after the Haiti earthquake. Coalition members currently active in Haiti — BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge International, IRC, Operation Smile, Partners in Health and SOS Children’s Villages — explored ways to integrate their programs and capabilities to support inclusive, sustainable, community-led initiatives addressing secure livelihoods, health, education, housing, and disaster resilience.