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Jeffrey Barnes

Principal Associate, International Health

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Jeffrey Barnes has more than 24 years of experience working in Africa, including more than eight years focused on technical aspects of private sector participation and engagement in the health sector. His experience and skills include public-private partnerships (PPPs), private provider networks, social marketing, health systems strengthening, policy, management, institutional development, and community-based health insurance.

In his capacity as Chief of Party for SHOPS Plus in Nepal, he is leading a small team to support the national social marketing organization, Contraceptive Retail Sales (CRS), to build their capacity to become a more effective and sustainable provider of health products and services. The project strategy is to work comprehensively to improve CRS’ marketing strategies through greater use of evidence, improve financial sustainability by improving cost efficiency and diversifying funding sources and strengthen its organizational processes.

Prior to his position in Nepal, Barnes was a portfolio manager at Abt Associates, where he was a significant contributor to the USAID-funded flagship global private sector project Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS). He has led several SHOPS efforts, including private sector assessments designed to lead to policy dialogue between the public and private health sectors in Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire, and Nigeria. He also provided technical and managerial oversight for private sector and health systems projects in Central Asia and Senegal. In Cote d’Ivoire, he has helped establish an innovative private sector network for delivery of HIV and AIDS services. In Nigeria he oversaw a private sector network for family planning services and policy dialogue with government around access to commodities and improvements in the policy environment. In Ethiopia, he supervised a private health sector program of private facilities to provide HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, family planning and STI services.

Previously at Abt, Barnes was deputy director of the USAID Private Sector Partnerships-One (PSP-One) project, where he designed, negotiated, and monitored activities in the area of private sector participation in health networks, HIV and contraceptive social marketing, and quality improvement.

Barnes also is the author of the “Designing Public-Private Partnerships in Health Primer” published under SHOPS. The primer opens up a flexible range of partnering opportunities while emphasizing the importance of formal agreements and honest brokers in the process. It also provides an inventory of common health system gaps that public-private partnerships (PPPs) can address. In addition, Barnes designed and implemented training courses targeted to Ministry of Health officers in Addis Ababa on PPP for English-speaking countries and in Burkina Faso for francophone countries.

Before joining Abt, Barnes was country representative in Cote D’Ivoire, South Africa, and Mali for PSI and Africare, providing technical support and oversight to a range of integrated health and social marketing activities that actively involved the private sector with local public sector entities.

Barnes has an M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management and a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College. 
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  • Project management: HIV, family planning, maternal and child health.
  • Behavior change communications
  • Social marketing, Total Market Approaches
  • Institutional development
  • Public private partnerships
  • Private provider networks
  • Languages:  English (native), French (fluent)

Key Projects

  • Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS), USAID
  • Private Sector Partnerships-One (PSP-One) , USAID


  • Barnes, Jeffrey,  “Barriers and Opportunities for Public Private Partnerships in African Supply Chains”  Presentation to 6th Global Health Supply Chain Summit, Addis Ababa, November 2013
  • O’Sullivan, Gael, Cisek, Cindi, Barnes, Jeff,  “Moving Towards Sustainability,”  Transition Strategies and Tools for Social Marketing Sustainability.  May 2007, Bethesda, MD.  Private Sector Partnerships-One, Abt Associates, Inc.
  • Barnes, J., O’Hanlon, B., Feeley, R., McKeon, K., Gitonga, N.  Kenya Private Sector Health Assessment,  July 2009  Bethesda, MD.  Private Sector Partnerships-One, Abt Associates, Inc.
  • Barnes, Jeff, Cuellar, Carlos, Melkamu, Yilma. July 2008. “Private Provider Networks in Ethiopia.”  Bethesda, MD: Private Sector Partnerships-One project, Abt Associates Inc.
  • Barnes, Jeff and Averbug, Denise. May 2009. Scaling Up a Last Mile Social Franchise in Ghana. Bethesda, MD: Private Sector Partnerships-One project, Abt Associates Inc.
  • Barnes, Jeff, Chandani, Taara, Feeley, Rich. July 2008. Nigeria Private Sector Health Assessment. Bethesda, MD: Private Sector Partnerships-One project, Abt Associates Inc.
  • Barnes, Jeffrey.  “Designing Public Private Partnerships in Health”  Bethesda, MD  SHOPS project, Abt Associates http://shopsproject.org/resource-center/designing-public-private-partnerships-in-health
  • Barnes, Jeffrey; Crosby, Dawn and Vail, Janet “Total Market Initiatives for Reproductive Health” Bethesda, MA SHOP Project, Abt Associates, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, http://www.shopsproject.org/resource-center/total-market-initiatives-for-reproductive-health  2012