Partnerships are critical to deliver results for children. Since it’s inception, UNICEF has worked with a broad range of partners at global, regional, and national levels. Mwana was chosen as one of the few partnerships case studies that illustrate how partnerships have contributed to results and the creation of innovation in delivering essential services. It highlights the lessons we have learned and how we want to take the initiative forward.
The development, design, piloting and evaluation of Mwana was made possible only by engaging in partnerships and taking advantage of partners’ different capacities and resources at each stage of the process. Partnerships therefore played a central role in providing the necessary technical expertise, local knowledge and outreach.
In late 2009, Johnson & Johnson provided flexible funding to support UNICEF in developing an innovative solution to remove bottlenecks in health delivery. In addition, through an informal partnership, McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm, supported UNICEF, on a pro bono basis, in the definition of the problem statement and visioning exercise. The company also helped UNICEF through process modeling and
mentoring. This support provided the basis for organizing a scoping mission to Zambia. UNICEF also partnered with frog a global innovation firm that helps companies design and engineer products and services, and bring them to market, particularly in the areas of consumer electronics. frog assigned a design team pro bono to support the project for an intensive six-week period. After this engagement, a one-day workshop brought together key stakeholders from public health programming and mobile health implementers to build alignment. UNICEF and frog also collaborated at a later date to work out recommendations for scaling up Project Mwana.
The full case study can be read here.