Good afternoon, My name is Elizabeth Macgregor Skinner and I work with Abt Associates. Today I will be speaking to you about the Results of brokering regional PPPs and how it brings more than just money. I hope to provide examples of successful company engagement in ppps or alliances in health, highlight the opportunities and challenges of regional collaboration to address health problems that hinder social development
Point o this slide is to address the many terminologies and muddled issues around PPPs, Alliances and attempt to define it for this project: Classically, A PPP in health was often a health financing agreement that was commonly used to pay for health infrastructure. The Term PPP admittedly is very loosely applied in this presentation, as is the word ‘alliances’ What I hope to refer to are collaborations between resource partners to address health and development issues The area is a hot topic, ever evolving and mixed with motives from different partners – but the point in this case is, that interests align on an issue and action and resources are dedicated to addressing it.
To Achieve the outcomes, our approach focuses on four key areas: Engaging partners This includes identifying companies operating regionally that have an interest in public health Identifying partners that have resources to bring to activities Aligning the interest with USAID’s interest at the regional and Mission levels For example, in LAC, one of the most strategic issues for health business is in the area of Diabetes detection and treatment. Diabetes has not however, registered on the USAID list of priorities. USAID’s health interest areas are often those affecting the poorest of the poor in LAC. These populations are not often in the consumer base for companies – but they may be in their supply chain Forming the alliance Defining the roles and responsibilities of the partners Identifying the funding, goals and objectives of the alliance – alliances without these are random handshakes at best Developing and signing a Memorandum of Understanding Keeping the mission engaged in the process – challenging when you need to vet something with a COT as well as 2-3 Mission health staff in separate countries Developing Activities After coming to an agreement, we develop a scope of work and conduct a proposal solicitation to identify implementing partners. We then award a grant and coordinate the corporate partners’ contributions Given our lack of presence, we have often depended on Missions or implementing organizations to suggest approaches that can be funded. Advancing knowledge Along the way, we document lessons learned from a variety of levels: From the activity itself, From the investment partners in terms of the benefits or challenges from the alliance itself The process of building alliances
Last year, in order to gain feedback about our project and the process of alliance building with USAID, we gathered 25 corporate and USAID partners in a meeting in Washington. Our consultative meeting gave us this feedback about our project and partnering with USAID
--finding regional implementation partners has been a challenge…and so far, we have worked with different implementation partners in each country. Under the K-C alliance, we are going to try to identify a “regional” partner…that can support in multiple countries. be ready to define what we mean by higher pay-off
Pilot Approaches – Examples ICT for Health, medical diagnostics, integrate diabetes testing Resource direction Community Health among underserved populations Addressing neglected disease New Resources Requires open mindedness and creativity
Results of brokering regional PPPs – more than just money Elizabeth Macgregor-Skinner June 15, 2011