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Collaborative Models

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.  

Through its Collaborative Models Program, the Coalition leveraged the rich base of talent, assets, experience, and insight from its growing membership. Through the implementation and dissemination of these models, the Coalition demonstrated how complex collaboration could be forged and focused into meaningful collective impact. 

The Hilton Prize Coalition’s projects spanned a number of impact areas including education, medical research, public health, disaster relief, and youth development with global programs. Projects and their collaborators are detailed below. 

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 vulnerable people throughout the world. 


Surgeon Training in Rwanda

Co-Lead Organizations: Operation Smile and Partners in Health

Operation Smile, in partnership with Partners in Health, the University of Rwanda, and by extension the Rwanda Ministries of Health and Education, developed a program to increase surgical capacity in Rwanda by providing training for general surgery and plastic surgery residents. As part of this program, Operation Smile supported a curriculum at the University of Rwanda and hosted two surgical training rotations for residents, including cleft care and other pertinent in-country surgical needs, at the Partners in Health hospital in Rwinkwavu.  The program also included an American Heart Association life support training as well as pilot a nutrition intervention program to provide nutrition to malnourished patients who otherwise would not be eligible for surgery.

Humanitarian Wellbeing Project

Co-Lead Organizations: The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International 

The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International developed a project to conduct research and create recommendations to foster mental and psychological wellbeing of international aid workers. Increasingly, studies have shown that humanitarian and global health workers suffer from stress, burnout, long-term depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which not only have negative repercussions on programmatic goals, but are detrimental to the mental and psychological health of their employees. Through this collaborative project, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International inventoried, analyzed, and better understood employee wellbeing policies of other Coalition member organizations. By identifying challenges to human flourishing, they developed a program to improve resilience, emotional health, and psychological wellbeing of employees.

Disaster Risk Reduction Trainings in Myanmar

Co-Lead Organizations: HelpAge USA and Humanity & Inclusion

HelpAge USA and Humanity & Inclusion joined forces to develop a program to organize inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) trainings for government officials, self-help groups, and disabled people’s organizations in Myanmar. The trainings provided information on how to ensure inclusion of vulnerable groups in their DRR activities, including ways to support task forces, provide early warning signals to communities, and provide guidance on how communities can be better prepared. The training gave special attention to the needs of older people and people with disabilities.

Landscape Analysis and Collaboration Assessment

Co-Lead Organizations: BRAC and Landesa

BRAC and Landesa are committed to a better future for people living in Liberia, as such they developed a program to assess the landscape in Grand Gedeh, Liberia. The resulting program report included findings and recommendations on delivery mechanisms for closing the gaps on land rights. The report framed land tenure security as a critical factor in agricultural productivity. It also included a broader addendum that featured mutual learning and challenges faced by BRAC and Landesa throughout the project, as well as provided lessons learned to help structure future collaborative projects.

Hilton Prize Coalition Collaboration Coordinators

Lead Organization: Tostan

Khady Beye Sow served as the Hilton Prize Coalition Collaboration Coordinator while she was working in Dakar as Tostan’s Public Relations Mobilizer. Originally from Senegal, she grew up in Italy and spent the past 15 years in Canada. Before joining Tostan in Dakar, Khady was a journalist and digital media specialist for Radio Canada International.  During her time as Collaboration Coordinator, Khady worked with local Coalition members to identify areas of collaboration.

Lead OrganizationHeifer International

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 created a mechanism for continued collaboration and established a foundation on which to build broader and larger partnerships. The Coalition will replicated this model with Collaboration Coordinators around the globe focused on identifying program synergies, cultivating a network and building the partnership approach within Coalition member organizations.


Co-Lead OrganizationsCasa Alianza/Covenant House and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

Covenant House, in partnership with IRCT, developed a comprehensive set of materials on issues related to trauma informed care to help children affected by multiple forms of trauma in Latin American countries. These materials were used as training and reference resources that 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 lended its expertise in action-based research, knowledge-sharing processes, and survivor engagement to further substantialize the model.



Lead Organization: Operation Smile; Contributing Organization: HelpAge International

Operation Smile conducted 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 was to build regional healthcare capacity in the face of disaster situations. This train-the-trainer model was 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 was supplemented by components and/or modules contributed by HelpAge International, with a lens on elderly populations.

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Lead OrganizationPATH; Participating Organizations: BRAC, Clubhouse International, Casa Alianza/Covenant House, HelpAge International, Landesa

PATH has conducted an assessment in the form of a competency-based monitoring and evaluation self-assessment survey. The purpose of the survey was twofold: First, the survey informed the Coalition’s M&E capacity building strategy, and second, it helped to identify opportunities to leverage the strengths of Coalition members in future capacity building work.


Lead OrganizationLandesa; Contributing OrganizationBRAC

Landesa lead 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 highlighted sub-Saharan Africa country case studies by BRAC and present best practices. Through this brief, the Coalition seeks to bring attention to the critical issues of climate change, refugees, and land tenure rights.
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Co-Lead OrganizationsAmref Health Africa and Tostan

The Zero Fistula Project was 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.

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Contributing Organizations: BRAC, Humanity & Inclusion, Heifer International, HelpAge International, IRC, Operation Smile, Partners in Health and SOS Children’s Villages

In 2015, governments, NGOs, private donors, international organizations, and, most importantly, Haitians, were reflecting on the hard lessons learned after the initial extraordinary global response and commitments of resources after the Haiti earthquake. Coalition members active in Haiti at the time— BRACHumanity & InclusionHeifer InternationalHelpAge InternationalIRCOperation SmilePartners 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.


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