It starts with a problem. It is more than a solution. A breakthrough is a discovery. It upends assumptions, razes barriers and opens up possibilities to enable new ways of thinking.
This year, FHI 360’s annual report celebrates breakthroughs — both groundbreaking discoveries and the fresh insights they generate that can be just as powerful. We typically think of a breakthrough as something immediate and transformative. But, there are some breakthroughs that, while not instantly obvious, change the way we understand a problem and clear the way for greater, more lasting impact.
From facilitating local dialogue about the root causes of violent extremism in northern Africa, to cutting-edge research to end HIV, to a unique partnership in the United States that responds to the education needs and aspirations of Washington, DC’s youth, we are clearing obstacles and creating opportunities for people in communities in the United States and around the world to live healthy, productive and meaningful lives.
The power of every breakthrough is multiplied — and made more enduring — by strong partnerships. We connect hundreds of diverse groups in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, from the community to the international level, that allow us to deliver impact that none of us could accomplish on our own.
Today’s problems are complex, interrelated and often difficult to isolate. Yet, breakthroughs happen when we push ourselves to think differently and persist in the face of adversity, when we set aside our doubts and reimagine what is possible.
Patrick C. Fine
Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360