Over the past few years, Global Partnerships (GP) has been working closely with several partner organizations to develop their efforts to deliver health services in a financially sustainable way. GP has worked with five partners in five countries since 2011 to design, implement and scale sustainable business models.
There have been many discussions among our peer organizations and leaders in the impact investing community around measuring impact.
A couple weeks ago I moderated a panel on Sustainable Health Services Models at the 6th Village Banking Forum held this year in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Two of our partners, Pro Mujer in Nicaragua and ESPOIR, presented what they had learned about what it takes to implement high performing health services programs via the village bank platform. While much was shared, one main takeaway I had was the importance of investing in staff capacity, particularly investing in those on the “frontline” of integrated service delivery with clients.
Members of our team are in Guayaquil, Ecuador this week to attend the Latin American Forum on Village Banks (the Forum) from August 7-9. The Forum is a regional conference that brings together actors in the financial inclusion space to discuss different methods of strengthening village banks*—one of the only means by which people living in poverty can access affordable financial services such as loans and savings accounts.