Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Abt Associates’ Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project was USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health. The five-year project, which ended in 2016, worked to involve nongovernmental organizations and for-profit entities to address the many health needs of people in the developing world.
Abt is leading SHOPS Plus, the follow-on project to SHOPS.
SHOPS focused on increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, and other areas through the private sector.
The agreement, awarded to Abt Associates as the lead, included five partners: Banyan Global, O’Hanlon Health Consulting, Jhpiego, Marie Stopes International, and Monitor Group.
SHOPS built on USAID’s decades of support for leadership in private health sector programming and on the work of its predecessor projects, Private Sector Partnerships-One and Banking on Health, both led by Abt.
SHOPS offered its services in the following technical areas to harness and direct private sector efforts to achieve health outcomes in family planning, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, and other health areas:
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.