Supporting to enhance and scale the partnership between Philips and AMREF Flying Doctors

Supporting to enhance and scale the partnership between Philips and AMREF Flying Doctors

Since 2013 Philips and AMREF have joined forces to improve primary health care in Africa. The partnership is at a crucial point where decisions have to be made about scaling and strategy. Therefore, Philips and AMREF, together with PrC[1], have set up a learning coalition that aims to support the decision-making on how to scale and enhance the partnership in the future. The focus of the learning coalition is broadly on the following questions: What is the current state of the partnership? What are key tensions and dilemmas the partnership faces? How could these be addressed? Under what conditions can the partnership become more effective in the future? And how can the future strategy be implemented, monitored and adapted if required?

The learning coalition applies an action research approach that focuses at the partnership between Philips and AMREF but also at project level. One key case study for the learning coalition will be the partnership for primary care in Makueni county (Kenia), currently funded by FMO and Philips foundation. Opportunities for scaling (e.g. the setup of a PPP) of this project are currently explored. In the first phase, the learning coalition focuses on the development of a Theory of Change for a transformative partnership taking into account tensions, dilemmas and trade-offs.

Our learning ambition is that the partnership partners will be better able to make decisions and deal with contradictions that are often inherent in partnerships. The insights will be translated in a partnering navigator that helps partners to steer and guide the partnership through monitoring and reflection towards impact.

 


[1] PrC documented the Community Life Centres approach of Philips to create inclusive health care innovation in 2016.