While public-private sector engagement in health has become increasingly de-jour — accepted and supported widely by global institutions, initiatives, some country change agents and funders alike — there remains a dearth of evidence on the factors associated with successful and unsuccessful public-private sector engagements in health. You can read more about this lack of evidence in our previous blog.

As part of an evidence review conducted through R4D’s Strengthening Mixed Health Systems (SMHS) project, supported by Merck for Mothers, we found (unsurprisingly) plenty of references to the importance of the “hard” or “nuts and bolts” factors of public-private engagement, such as contracting and regulation. But the literature also pointed to the importance of the dynamics and interactions between stakeholders — the “soft” factors that sometimes go overlooked….more