Public-Private Partnerships

NI collaborates with global development organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), universities, and governments on large, multiyear projects designed to build technical skills, support workforce developments through applied research on social issues , and initiate innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in developing countries. NI’s industry-standard platform approach can span the continuum from hands-on and applied learning in engineering at universities and technical colleges to the commercialization and deployment of prototypes at research and incubation labs that can strengthen the local industry.

By participating in public-private partnerships for high-tech capacity building and innovation, NI contributes to the creation and long-term sustainability of a highly skilled marketplace and provides the industry and technology trends, technical expertise, and local industry and academic perspectives critical to creating an all-inclusive ecosystem. NI has successfully expanded its network of global international development partners to include USAID, The World Bank, Intel, University of California-Berkeley, Arizona State University, Technology Park Malaysia, Engineering World Health, DAI and United Nations Development Program.

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New NI-Based Roasting Machine Empowers Women in Cooperatives in Lebanon

In 2013, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) PEER program and NI announced a unique public-private partnership. The organizations are working to deliver cutting-edge scientific equipment, training, and support to approximately 100 research projects with commercial promise and demonstrated long-term development impact in more than 80 countries over the next five years.

This partnership was the first step in USAID’s effort to use the private sector in support of scientists in developing countries. As a result of this successful collaboration, one project from Mekatronico, a startup supported through the Planet NI program and USAID, automates the roasting of freekeh, a high-market-demand wheat native to the Levant region.

The new machine automates the process of roasting, which ensures food safety standards and makes it possible for exporting. The first machines were tested with the women of Hariss cooperative and, by producing more wheat at a fraction of the cost and time, it increased their income. With machines placed in the cooperatives, women are now empowered and control the entire process.

Read the article published by USAID

Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development Through Public-Private Partnerships

Jerry O’Brien

Deputy Director of the Center for Development Research, USAID

“NI continues to be a steadfast partner of USAID and a long-time champion of advancing scientific understanding around the world. We’re excited that the company has decided to deepen its investment in the PEER program with additional support and believe this will help us further our mutual goals of catalyzing local researchers to tackle the development challenges facing their communities.”