A recent Health and Accountability workshop attracted between 80-90 participants from donors, multilateral agencies, national and global civil society, and research institutions over three days. ‘Unpicking power and politics for transformative change: Towards accountability for health equity’ aimed to critically examine the practices and politics shaping accountability in health systems from the local to the global levels.
It was an important event for ESRC-DFID grant holders, as it helped to bring together diverse voices from the health sector and beyond, encouraging fresh connections and unexpected conversations among researchers studying power, politics and the management of health system change, practitioners implementing interventions for strengthening accountability, activists involved in health rights advocacy and experts in research communication and knowledge mobilisation, together with others working to strengthen healthcare delivery in government, the private sector and civil society. The event catalysed innovative thinking and partnerships to strengthen national and international efforts to tackle health inequities and secure universal health coverage.
Speaking afterwards ESRC-DFID grant holder, Ian Harper (New Norms and Forms of Development) from the University of Edinburgh said:
"I value workshops like this event as good spaces for personal networking and finding out about future opportunities, including funding, but particularly because events like this one provide excellent opportunities for multi-disciplinary discussions and reflections."
To find out more about the workshop, please read Transforming accountabilities for health a blog by Karine Gatellier and Tom Barker. You can also visit the accompanying Storify.
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