Sarah Cummings Public-Private Partnerships expert for NL-CGIAR research programme

20 December 2018

Public-private partnerships have potential to make research programmes more effective by increasing expertise, demand responsiveness, impact and scale. NWO-WOTRO awarded a grant for ‘Improving the effectiveness of public-private partnerships within the CGIAR’ to Sarah Cummings from Wageningen University.

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Cummings will aim to facilitate practice and learning across the CGIAR system and provide system-wide intellectual support to CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and Platforms on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to strengthen their delivery and impact at scale, exploring and sharing models for increasing the role of the private sector in research impact pathways.

The project

The project ‘Improving the effectiveness of public-private partnerships within the CGIAR: knowledge sharing for learning and impact’ aims to facilitate practice and learning across the CGIAR system. At the core of this project will be a dynamic community of practice with members drawn from across the CGIAR. Although the project will primarily focus on leveraging knowledge and expertise within the CGIAR, cross-fertilisation and learning from other approaches will be a priority. For example, the potential of involving the for-profit private sector, notable for considerable emphasis from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will receive attention. Current levels of PPP expertise will be mapped, based on a systematic literature review and consultations with key stakeholders to identify barriers, opportunities and existing best practices.

The awarded proposal is the result of the call for a Public Private Partnership and Research Uptake (PPP) expert of the Netherlands-CGIAR research programme. It is funded to increase the role of the private sector (for-profit and not-for-profit) in CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and Platforms. The aim of this position is to (1) enrich research programs with the expertise of the private sector and vice versa, (2)  strengthen demand- and market responsiveness of CGIAR research, and (3) improve the enabling environment for scaling and impact.

The Netherands-CGIAR collaboration

The call for a PPP expert was implemented by NWO-WOTRO in close collaboration with the CGIAR and with the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), as well as the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

Source: NWO