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What We Do

The objective of the Health and Education team is to support governments in leveraging the private sector for better health and education in their countries. Our work focuses on reforms that expand access to improved services and catalyze private sector investments in health and employment-driven education.

How We Do It

Our work includes the “E4E Initiative for Arab Youth" in the Middle East and North Africa region and health sector reform initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and India:

E4E Initiative for Arab Youth

e4earabyouth_enThe initiative aims to help government stakeholders, private sector employers, and civil society/education sector participants across the Arab world work together to improve access to quality education.

Focused on providing young graduates with the necessary skills to become productive members of the workforce, the E4E initiative:

  • Conducts diagnostic assessments;
  • Establishes a platform for engagement and outreach;
  • Improves the business environment for E4E; and
  • Compiles and disseminates country benchmarking data to generate momentum for reform.

Private Participation in the Health Sector

Health_siteOur health sector work in Sub-Saharan Africa and India covers the following three areas:

Public-private dialogue - Developing sustainable public-private dialogue platforms to support private health sector associations and government units working with the private health sector.

Policy and regulatory reform -

  • Removing policy and regulatory barriers to sustainable private participation and investment in health.
  • Supporting the inclusion of the private sector in health policies, health laws, and health-related information systems.
  • Simplifying registration and licensing processes for private health businesses.
  • Improving quality standards and inspection processes for private health providers.

Insurance and investment -

  • Supporting the inclusion of the private sector in insurance plans and other demand-side financing mechanisms.
  • Developing mechanisms that help governments contract health services from private providers.
  • Supporting the development of legal and regulatory frameworks that support public-private partnerships (PPP) in health.
  • Helping governments develop PPP-planning capacities.

Examples of Our Work

The World Bank Group's Health in Africa initiative has been working with the government of South Sudan to implement the South Sudan Drug and Food Authority Act. In addition to establishing the Drug and Food Authority, the Act provides a legal and regulatory framework to encourage both public and private sector development of pharmaceutical supply and production in South Sudan. As a result, the market for wholesale and retail pharmaceutical distribution has been opened to private participation and investment.

The Health in Africa initiative has also been advising the government of Kenya on innovative health legislation. A new health bill will transform private sector participation in the health sector by integrating it into the national health system and mandating the national government to promote its development. This not only opens the door to new sources of revenue for the private sector, but also sends a strong signal that the Kenyan government welcomes investment in private health businesses.


Our advisory work is closely coordinated with the World Bank Group’s country programs and other IFC advisory and investment units. Our Health team also partners with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the governments of France, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Contact Us

Vyjayanti Desai, Global Product Specialist
Private Participation in Infrastructure & Social Sectors

Jorge Coarasa, Senior Industry Specialist
Private Participation in Infrastructure & Social Sectors