• This model has been developed and piloted during the period 2016–2020. Three components drive the successful development and establishment of this model:
(1) Most of the members of the technical working group leading the establishment of this model have more than 25 years’ experience working in NGOs providing health and humanitarian activities.
(2) The experience of the team is augmented by technical expertise provided by the Complex Program Group (CPG) (a global consultancy in Australia that has decades of experience in complex project management and PPP partnerships).
(3) Participative approach in development of the model and wide sharing of the process involving different related actors including—locally: Ministry of Health, HAC, Health Insurance, WHO, UN agencies, and NGOs; and internationally the model was shared with the World Bank at the Fragile, Conflict and Violence (FCV) forum in Washington, DC, 2016 and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) International Centre of Excellence PPP forum in Geneva, 2018. In both forums the model has been recognized and was introduced in the UNECE Report ‘Revised Guiding Principles on People-First Public-Private Partnerships for the United Nations Development Goals”.
• Since the beginning of the pilot phase in Sudan in 2016 (currently two local NGOs are delivering health projects using the SALI model), considerable progress was achieved. For instance, developing the capability toolkits; training of the country core team to lead the program; establishing PNP core group; and implementing several projects using the SALI model. Initial findings reflect a promising future for this model which will be focusing on institutionalization and certification of the model.
• The United Nations PPP Centre of Excellence in Geneva has recognized the SALI pilot project as one of the ten best projects in delivering the United Nations Development Goals and recommends the Taqaddum model for Putting People First Partnerships. Investing in the development of local NGOs is a critical lever to achieve the SDGs in fragile and conflict-affected countries.