Public Private Partnership Linking & Learning

The purpose of the MDG5 Meshwork for Improving Maternal Health is to develop innovative and effective partnerships that contribute to the achievement of MDG5, to improve maternal health. As the MDG5 Meshwork is composed of several cross-sector, cross-disciplinary partnerships, effective collaboration is crucial in overcoming the challenges in the different problem areas that each Public-Private Partnership addresses.

The Linking & Learning public private partnership (PPP) takes a central role and position within the MDG5 Meshwork by developing and integrating social and technological infrastructures for collaboration and innovation, and organizing face-to-face collaboration meetings to share knowledge and experience. Besides, the Linking & Learning PPP takes a role in communication with the public and public health professionals.

Purpose
It is the objective of the PPP Linking & Learning to develop an infrastructure for collaboration (both social and technological) that will enable all the projects (PPPs) to interconnect, collaborate and strengthen their contribution to maternal health, rather than working alone and ‘silo’ thinking. Also, it supports the partners in collaborating across geographical and organizational boundaries.

In order to create and maintain a social and technological linking and learning environment that facilitates connections, collaboration and learning processes between the partners and projects in the MDG5 Meshwork the PPP Linking and Learning will:
- share and make information, knowledge and expertise available to the projects, the MDG5 Meshwork and the broader international field;
- invite partners to share their challenges, needs and burning questions;
- facilitate new connections between challenges and expertise, and between projects and partners;
- facilitate learning within and between the projects;
- inform and report on news and progress to the projects, the MDG5 Meshwork and the broader international field;
- raise awareness and generate public and political support for addressing MDG5.

Partners within the project
The Linking & Learning consortium exists of the following organizations: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Share-Net, Cordaid Memisa, Center for Human Emergence (CHE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). All of the organizations have unique qualities and this diverse mix of traditional and non-traditional partners will have an added value for collaboration.

Results
The expected results of the Linking & Learning project are:
- An infrastructure for collaboration and learning has been established, including regular meetings, clear communication channels, a maternal health portal, and an online collaboration space, leading partners and other stakeholders to share information and knowledge, discuss challenges, and develop innovative partnerships;
- Knowledge, innovations and lessons learned have been documented and published, and can be transferred and built upon rapid capacity building in the field of MDG5;
- Strategic advocacy efforts have increased the awareness of and support for MDG5, the MDG5 Meshwork, and its projects (PPPs) with public and political stakeholders, and have connected and aligned efforts and initiatives that were previously unconnected;
- The partners in the MDG5 Meshwork have developed an increased capacity for collaborating across sectors and disciplines, and are aware of each other’s unique qualities and contribution to the improvement of maternal health;
- The partners in the MDG5 Meshwork have developed innovative and non-traditional partnerships to improve maternal health.

Activities
In order to achieve these results, the PPP Linking & Learning will undertake the following activities:
- Organizing, coordinating and facilitating need-driven expert meetings;
- Designing, coordinating and facilitating purpose-driven collaboration meetings;
- Raising public and political awareness of MDG5, the MDG5 Meshwork and its projects by identifying and establishing connections to key stakeholders, and supporting the alignment of the existing advocacy efforts by the partners in the MDG5 Meshwork;
- Compiling and sending out newsletters to inform the wider Dutch and international community of the activities of the MDG5 Meshwork and its projects;
- Designing, building and maintaining the public website of the MDG5 Meshwork;
- Developing supporting information services on the internet, such as an open-access maternal health portal;
- Researching and publishing the innovations and lessons learned emerging from the MDG5 Meshwork;
- Designing, building and maintaining the dashboard function of the online collaborative web-space to support performance management, monitoring and evaluation;
- Designing, building and maintaining the online collaborative web-space;
- Hosting the MDG5 Meshwork community by supporting and encouraging partners in (their use of) the online collaborative space and other technological collaboration infrastructure;
- Managing, coordinating and representing the Linking & Learning project.