The new OIE on-line course on PPPs
offers a better understanding on what can be obtained from impactful and sustainable PPPs, and how important this mechanism is for stockbreeding and to combat animal diseases. It has been developed in collaboration with the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD).
We hear more and more about PPPs in the veterinary domain. Beyond this acronym, which stands for ‘Public-Private Partnerships’, and a concept which can seem complex to envision, stand real opportunities and perspectives to improve the quality of Veterinary Services at regional or country level, thanks to improved animal health and welfare policy development.
Through PPP, public and private sectors agree on responsibilities and share resources and risks to achieve common objectives that deliver benefits in a sustainable manner. Whilst governments remain responsible for adopting policies, the involvement of relevant private sector stakeholders is essential to design policies which are fit for use.
From one country to another, the relative involvement of each of the two sectors varies considerably and coordination is often limited. Yet the PPP approach has proved very efficient to create win-win initiatives in fields such as animal disease control programmes. In Mali, for instance, where livestock contributes to 80% of the revenue of rural populations, a PPP between the National Veterinary Services and private veterinarians helped the country overcome resource limitations and improve livestock vaccination coverage for several diseases, thereby contributing to limit production losses linked to these diseases and to protect their livelihoods.
The one-hour module helps, through five different sections, to discover the different types of PPPs and the benefits they can bring to sustainably improve national Veterinary Services. It also provides some practical guidance for both public and private sector stakeholders to advocate for, develop, or implement PPPs at regional or country level in order to find synergies through an active and structured collaboration.
The course illustrates the main concepts and guidelines introduced in the OIE PPP Handbook, developed in collaboration with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Take the course now!
Together, let us unleash the potential of PPP in the veterinary domain!
A next issue of the OIE Bulletin – Panorama (2019-3) will focus on PPPs and will give more examples of successful implementation. Stay tuned!
Consult the OIE webportal on Public–Private Partnerships