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ECA's forthcoming “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report

On the sidelines of this year’s UN General Assembly meeting, a meeting took place to discuss the preliminary findings of the ECA's forthcoming “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report, which addresses ‘public-private partnerships’ and calls for more African private sector involvement in healthcare. The full report is due for release next year. The sideline discussion was organized by the Economic Commission for Africa’s executive secretary, Vera Songwe, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (the corporate social responsibility arm of the Dangote Group), and GBCHealth, whose board includes Coronation Capital Nigeria Limited, Becton, Dickinson & Co., Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Deloitte Consulting, and MTV Networks International). ECA reports that “the preliminary report finds that neither government nor existing public-private partnerships are effective enough, and that existing PPPs disproportionately focus on a small number of countries. The preliminary report recommends a new model, one in which PPPs prioritize around the most significant disease burden and broaden their scope to benefit the health of the whole continent, which the ECA deems critical to driving long-term economic growth in Africa.”

Learning from Africa’s Experience of Privatization

To coincide with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to the U.S., during which concerns were voiced about his stated intention to engage in widespread privatization of state-owned enterprises, Ewnetu Haile takes a look back over the recent history of privatization in Africa, periodizing it and offering some suggestions as to why it slowed or ground to a halt in the past. “Unsuccessful privatization programs are associated with high levels of corruption, poor value for money to the tax payer and increasing levels of inequality. On the contrary, the [LSE] paper notes, positive indicators for success would include strong government ownership of the process, well-designed and sequenced reforms, the implementation of complementary policies, the creation of regulatory capacity and good corporate governance structures, attention to poverty and social impacts, and strong public communication.” He adds that “privatizing health care and public transport may not be as successful as the profit motive is less important than public interest.”

Source: aigaforum.com

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What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?

Education International’s African leaders have released a statement today calling on their Heads of States to reject privatisation and to invest in quality public education for all. The statement warns against foreign multinational corporations who are seeking market opportunities and are targeting major African cities. These companies are attacking and undermining public education across the continent according to EI. The special attention was paid to Bridge International Academies which is emblematic of what is wrong with privatisation. The presented research paper "What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?" reviews seven studies conducted in local communities where it operates (in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda).

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