Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health at the National, Municipal, and Community Levels – A Workshop

When: October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Global Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety
Board: Board on Global Health


The field of global public health is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of private sector involvement in order remediate health and safety-related issues globally. Sustainable Development Goal 17, for example, specifically focuses on revitalizing global partnerships to increase sustainable development. While there is more understanding that health-focused businesses enable country economies to grow and prosper, while also establishing much needed regional health interventions, what is less clear are what conditions the private sector needs to be able to develop a business in a region and how a country creates the policies and institutional frameworks that enable it become “PPP- ready” to accept that partnership.

Using the World Bank’s definition of a public-private partnership as a “long-term contract between a private party and a government entity, for providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, and remuneration is linked to performance” (from: ) this workshop will specifically focus on:

(1) reviewing the conditions the private sector needs to establish itself in a region

(2) reviewing how a country or municipality becomes PPP-ready to accept that partnership

(3) reviewing what challenges and opportunities are faced at the local level with the distribution of private sector services or supplies

It will provide case studies that focus on the mechanics of setting a partnership in a region through the lens of multiple players that facilitate that one singular business-focused partnership. The panelists will include: the private sector actors who established a business in a region; the government representative who worked with the private sector actors to create the conditions for private sector involvement; and the intermediary who helped to facilitate the partnership. Additionally, local business owners who distribute the products from the larger business, or that develop their own businesses within a region, will also be brought in to discuss the conditions they need at the local level to form sustainable business models. Intermediaries that work to facilitate global partnerships will also give a broader view of how partnerships are enabled.

The audience for this workshop are company representatives looking to establish more partnerships in low- and middle-income countries, government representatives looking to increase their understanding of how a country can become PPP ready; and those that work to enable partnerships—such as representatives from NGOs and health-focused foundations.

This workshop was developed by the Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety (PPP Forum). The PPP Forum fosters a collaborative community of multi-sectoral leaders from business, government, foundations, humanitarian and professional organizations, academia, and civil society to leverage the strengths of multiple sectors and disciplines to explore salient models and best practices for global health and safety. The Forum is premised on the understanding that partnerships among these stakeholders can facilitate dialogue and knowledge exchange; utilize technological and process efficiencies; promote innovation; and synergistically advance humanitarian, international development, and global health interests. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides a neutral evidence-based platform through which the PPP Forum is convened.

This workshop will be free and open to the public.

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