Public-Private Partnerships in the Social Sector: Issues and Country Experiences in Asia and the Pacific

The book discusses various issues on public-private partnerships in the health and education sectors. The issues it covers range from conceptual, policy, legal and regulatory aspects to practical implementation and management implications. To stimulate an on-going dialogue among various players from both the public and private sectors, the perspectives, views, and experiences presented here are from government officials, international agencies, business corporations, NGOs, and academics interested in the health and education sectors, analysed within international contexts. The book consists of three parts. The first being The Overview that provides an introduction and a description on models and formations of public-private partnerships in the health and education sector. Secondly, Part One deals with the potential roles of the public and private sectors in terms of their contributions, strengths and weaknesses, as well as obstacles in forming partnerships. Thirdly, Part Two provides insights based on country experiences from Asia and the Pacific, presented through the perspectives of government, businesses, NGOs, and multilateral organisations before ending off with a conclusion. The overall policy message emerging from this book is that public-private partnerships, as a development strategy for developing countries, should be explored further to continue to promote health and education services though there exists barriers to such formations.

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