Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Centre (SPARC) is a new initiative to strengthen strategic purchasing expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and move countries closer to universal health coverage, launched by Results for Development (R4D) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Housed within Amref Health Africa, SPARC will match country demand with needed technical expertise by brokering tailored packages of strategic purchasing support.

Mission Statement

SPARC will become a demand-driven, self-sustaining platform that countries implementing strategic purchasing can go to as a first stop to get connected to the right resources and experts.

The four-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded initiative aims to  support countries in sub-Saharan Africa to overcome technical, institutional, and political economy obstacles to implementing effective strategic purchasing.

Core activities

The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource center, SPARC, is a hub in sub-Saharan Africa to serve as a go-to source of information, support and capacity-building for strategic purchasing to get better value for health spending to advance universal health coverage. 

  • SPARC works through linkages and partnerships with government agencies, academic institutions and NGOs implementing strategic purchasing approaches across the continent to elevate the visibility of and dialogue around strategic purchasing and to share learning and experiences.
  • SPARC is leveraging and expanding a cadre of regional experts and matching their expertise to country needs and demand by brokering tailored packages of strategic purchasing support.
  • SPARC connects these experts to one another for peer learning, while also offering coaching, mentoring and access to global resources to broaden and strengthen existing expertise.

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