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Partnerships For Women's Health: striving for best practice within the UN Global Compact

Martina Timmermann and Monika Kruesmann (eds)
United Nations University press (2010)

Every minute, at least one woman dies from pregnancy and childbirth complications; a further 20 suffer injury, infection or disease. Despite medical advances and years pf national and international policy declarations this tragic situation remains particularly severe in developing countries, violating a fundamental human right.

This book draws together insights and experiences of development practitioners, policy makers, academic experts and private sector partners to describe the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). A Public Private Partnership based in India, the WHI took a new approach to solving the apparently intractable problem of poor women's health.

Informed by a growing literature on public private partnerships, the observations and analyses in this volume describe how the WHI drew reference from both the Millennium Development Goals and the United Nations Global Compact to implement a project that would make a real difference in women's lives, simultaneous with meeting private sector commercial imperatives.

By opening the project to independent transnational assessment the WHI articulated new standards of best practice in public private communications, objective-setting, ongoing partnership management and real health outcomes. In line with the WHI's ambition to grow and become transferable to other contexts, these standards can inform and shape effective public private partnerships in the future.

  • Martina Timmermann is vice president and managing director for international projects at TIMA International GmbH.
  • Monika Kruesmann is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at LSE and was formerly assistant director in the Australian Government Department of Education.

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Partnerships for Women's Health