Health-Focused Public-Private Partnerships in the Urban Context - A Workshop
The Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety (PPP Forum) launched in the fall of 2013 and is reflective of the growing role of the private sector in contributing to diverse global health initiatives. This forum seeks to foster a collaborative community of multisectoral health and safety leaders from multinational companies, as well as members from governments, foundations, humanitarian and professional organizations, academia, and civil society to leverage the strengths of varying sectors and multiple disciplines to yield benefits for global health and safety. Previous forum workshops have explored lessons learned from partnerships in global health and the role of partnerships in sustainable solutions, especially through transitions in global health governance and financing and a discussion paper on “A Proposed Framework for Developing Health-Focused PPP based on National SDG Priorities” have laid the groundwork for the particular focus for this workshop on urban health.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities; however, the international development paradigm has historically been on rural populations and UN agencies have remained predominately focused national level plans and programs. While these models remain important, the United Nations and the international community have acknowledged the importance of the urban context for development policy and planning and for achieving national and global development goals for 2030 and beyond. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have brought unprecedented attention to urbanization as a critical factor in achieving global health and the UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda provide frameworks for sustainable urbanization.
One of the key assumptions of the forum’s work has been that health outcomes are the product of multiple health determinants, inclusive of health care as well as social, behavioral, environmental and economic factors. In addition, the forum has endorsed the importance of private sector partnerships that align with country priorities and priorities identified by communities themselves. Cities offer unique opportunities to achieve such goals and, with political leadership, there are increasing examples of urban level governance to achieve “health in all policies;” engage directly with communities in shaping health priorities; and show results with improved health outcomes. Many of these examples include both private sector leadership and partnerships in which companies use their core competencies and align their business interests to achieve shared value with public sector priorities. The opportunities for exploring a city-level paradigm for governance, including private sector partners, brings together the objectives of the PPP Forum and this opportunity to conduct a two-day workshop to explore and share learnings of health focused PPP's in the urban context, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
This workshop will be free and open to the public.