Public-Private Partnerships Key To Improving Malnutrition, Achieving Sustainable Development In Pakistan
Sharnoff’s Global Views: How Malnutrition in Pakistan Prevents Development
Shabbir Khan, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)
“Malnutrition in Pakistan has emerged as an emergency. It is the biggest impediment in the course of development. The dream of sustainable development cannot be fulfilled without eradication of malnutrition. … Improving malnutrition and reversing this deplorable situation requires huge investments in the following sectors: education, the economy, health, agriculture, and [women’s] empowerment. When resources are scarce, creative solutions in the private sector could help remedy these challenges. … The engagement of private sector into this mutual business needs an advanced approach through [public-private partnerships (PPP)] which benefits both parties. The success of any ventures or PPPs is conditional to certain principles. The role of private industry is to enhance the economic activity; however, public service is the domain of governments. The convergence of two extremes is not impossible if mutually benefited plans are devised with good cause. Islamabad and private industry must continue engaging in mutual collaboration to improve the quality of life for Pakistanis” (1/29).