Focus on Public–Private Partnerships: Case Studies

Partnership and collaboration are required to meet the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the goals of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). IARD and its Members are committed to playing our part to contribute to the achievement of these goals.

The 2011 UN Political Declaration on NCDs called for engagement with the private sector, and the 2018 UN Political Declaration on NCDs further expressed the need to “bring together civil society and the private sector to mobilize all their available resources, as appropriate, for the implementation national responses for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.” It specifically mentions public–private partnerships (PPPs) as a mechanism to accelerate ambitious actions.

The Report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs also notes the importance of PPPs, largely because progress on the achievement of NCD goals has been limited. The Commission says that “Public-private partnerships can be an important tool to contribute to effective NCD responses. It is important that conflicts of interests are adequately addressed, with transparency and focus required to ensure that public policies and public-private partnerships are in the public interest, provide public value, and do not undermine the sustainability of financing health systems.” The Commission also created a specific working to further explore opportunities for engagement with the private sector to strengthen national responses to SDG target 3.4 on NCDs and mental health.

In this spirit, IARD is pleased to share a series of case studies of successful PPPs aimed at reducing the harmful use of alcohol. These unique initiatives from a variety of countries and cultures describe how the public and private sectors were able to come together on this shared challenge. 

The studies are available as a complete set, and individually: Ask, Listen, Learn case study
Beverage Industry Environmental Round table case study
Alkohol Partnerskabet/The Danish Alcohol Partnership case study
STOP! Underage Drinking case study
The IARD drink driving project in Dominican Republic case study