Advancing partnerships

Building and strengthening public private engagement for nutrition.

The global nutrition landscape is shifting and increasingly we hear calls for more and better multisector collaboration and public private action. But what do we mean by this, who is involved, and where do we start?

How do public bodies – government representatives, policymakers, UN bodies, civil society, academia, and consumer interest groups – know how to define effective cooperation with a hugely diverse private sector, from farmers to multinationals? How do private sector actors – farmers, fishers, processors, formal and informal food traders, logistics and transport companies, marketing agencies, corner stores, grocery stores – decide who to partner with to produce, distribute, sell, and market nutritious products?

The priorities of public and private sectors are often framed as oppositional, but there are plenty of common goals that would be better tackled together. So how do we maximise the skills, expertise and resources of both sectors to make safe and nutritious foods more affordable, available and desirable? What is the best way to promote this kind of public private engagement (PPE) for nutrition?

The initiatives, case studies, and resources below help answer these questions and provide some examples of good practice on selecting partners, managing conflict of interest, tracking and measuring impact, and reporting results.

Top resources we think matter

Peer review: The findings in this peer-reviewed journal article are based on a literature review and 30 semi-structured interviews with individuals involved in
Case studies and tools: Endeva created this comprehensive guide to inform NGOs and businesses of the opportunity within Inclusive Business (IB) models to create sustainabl
Reports and discussion papers: This paper considers whether Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) focused on improving diets and nutrition can simultaneously advance public health n
Reports and discussion papers: This paper looks at three pillars through which the private sector may directly or indir
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