Global Health Centre
ghc_2016 Influence of private financing

Influence of private financing on global health initiatives

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Maison de la paix, the Graduate Institute | Geneva

Organised by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute and CSEND together with other partners of the SNIS Project 2015.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda recognise a strengthened role of private and non-state actors in achieving sustainable development. A better understanding of the implications of private finance for global health initiatives and development goals in resource-constrained countries is therefore needed. Strengths and shortcomings of current partnership designs in four case countries (Chad, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania) were examined during a two-year SNIS-financed research project, led by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in collaboration with CSEND, FUNDS, the Franklin College and the Global Health Centre.

This event will present outcomes and lessons learnt from this research with the aim of discussing key dimensions for effective future generations of public-private partnerships. A panel discussion will address challenges and opportunities of innovative partnerships to achieve the health-related SDGs.


  • The importance of partnerships in the health economy
    ILONA KICKBUSCH, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

  • Vertical funding and changing multilateralism in selected African countries
    STEPHEN BROWNE, Visiting Lecturer, the Graduate Institute; Founder and Co-Director, Future United Nations Development System (FUNDS)

  • Risks and opportunities of public-private partnerships in financing health sector development
    RAYMOND SANER, Professor, University of Basel; Director, Diplomacy Dialogue

  • Current practices and trends in monitoring and governance of public-private partnerships
    LICHIA SANER-YIU, Visiting Professor, National Chengchi University; President, Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND)


  • MARCEL TANNER, Professor, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute; President, Swiss Academy of Sciences