Bridging impact across environment, health and development communities.

The Collaborative:

The Bridge Collaborative, established in 2016, currently operates under the direction of the founding Secretariat, representing The Nature Conservancy, PATH, Duke University, and IFPRI, who guide decision-making and implementation. World leaders in development, health and the environment have joined an Advisory Council to guide the Secretariat.

During the first year, the Secretariat convened ~200 experts from health, development and environment communities, representing both research and practice. Collaborative members engaged in multidisciplinary working groups led by Co-Principal Investigators. These groups created key principles and guidance for cross-sector problem solving with the aim to grow the evidence base for impact on key global challenges.

In the coming years we are looking to grow the Collaborative in support of the change we seek.

The Problem:

People and nature are linked. This simple concept has been known for decades, but was only recently placed at the core of a vision for global leadership. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the first formal recognition that human advancement depends heavily on a thriving environment, and that health, development and environmental goals cannot be achieved through siloed action. Despite decades of efforts to integration action, we still see institutions, training, funding, planning methods and evidence bases that hinder cross-sector solutions for global change. 

The Change Ahead:

The Bridge Collaborative is working with partners to spark a rapid progression in how we address global problems, consider solutions, generate and use evidence, and measure success. Through these efforts our engaged government and corporate leaders, funders, program managers, researchers and practitioners will help create a world where:

  • Health, development and environment communities have aligned agendas, with clear priority grand challenges they are aiming to solve together
  • Leading evidence-based organizations are using aligned evidence methods, making evidence more interoperable
  • Existing evidence is synthesized across sectors, showing clear solutions that can create multiple outcomes