Open Phences is a ‘think and do’ tank created to democratize public-private engagement, collaborations, and partnerships in healthcare across Sub-Saharan Africa. Presently housed at Strathmore University Business School (SBS), the Hub brings together a diverse pool of health systems champions with a common vision – unified health systems that harness individual strengths of ecosystem actors and channel them towards the public good.

Our Work

Supporting Kenyan counties to establish engagement mechanisms that result in a common understanding of priority maternal and child health challenges and possible solutions, and secondly, support counties to implement co-creation workshops to develop fit-for-purpose investment cases that are grounded on local ecosystem capabilities and acceptance.

The Open PHENCES hub of the Strathmore Business school will be supporting four counties strengthen the uptake of innovations from the private sector by the public sector geared towards improvement of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) outcomes.


  • Supporting counties to establish joint learning and co-creation mechanisms that deliver investment cases that are more focused on improving lives and less on who owns the health system inputs.
  • Strengthening research and innovation ecosystems in Africa.
  • Democratizing public private collaborations (PPCs) that promote public uptake and scaling of innovations.
  • Working with national and county governments to promote open, transparent and mutually beneficial engagement.
  • Unpacking policy/legal/regulatory instruments governing PPCs and presenting a simplified framework to guide counties on suitable procurement pathways.
  • Analysing RMNCAH (Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health) innovations and preconditions for their success in the local Context.
  • Holding co-creation workshops to design well-informed, fit-for purpose RMNCAH (Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health) solutions that can trigger local demand and achieve impact.


  • Homa Bay
  • Kiambu
  • Kisumu
  • Trans Nzoia


Since January 2022, the Hub has been working with national and county governments to promote open, transparent and mutually beneficial engagement. The counties of Homa Bay, Kiambu, Kisumu and Trans Nzoia will benefit from the first phase.

Key Partners

Funded by the UK government.

Commonwealth and development office (FCDO) through the RISA (Research and Innovation Systems for Africa) programme.

Hosted by Strathmore University Business School


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