a) Role of private sector and PPP partnerships in operationalizing and scaling up direct interventions
Public and private partnerships (PPPs) can play an important role in scaling up nutrition-specific interventions. PPPs produce goods such as ready-to-use therapeutic foods and micronutrients; deliver nutrition education and health services; and disseminate information to consumers. The role of PPPs in nutrition, however, is still not well understood. This study will provide a framework for analyzing PPPs within the realm of nutrition-specific interventions. It will look at contracting and regulatory tools that the public sector can use in designing its partnerships with the private sector, which could help ensure that the former’s nutrition objectives are ultimately met. The study will rely on a literature review of partnerships that have used these tools, a select number of case studies, and information gleaned from semi-structured interviews with key players in the public and private sectors. The study, is being led by Ben Schwab, John Hoddinott, Stuart Gillespie, and Sivan Yosef of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Update January 2015
Work is ongoing to complete the evidence review on the role, benefits and risks of private sector engagement in scaling up nutrition-specific interventions. This is a highly-contested arena. Given the polarized ideological positions often taken, the approach we take is to refocus the debate on evidence; to be more specific and focused, offering clearer definitions, and highlighting the pros and cons of a range of models in different contexts, illustrating them with brief case studies. A partial zero draft has been completed. Recognizing the imperative to engage a wide group of stakeholders with different perspectives in this topic, the team are considering hosting a roundtable in 2015 to determine how to effectively take this work forward.