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MLI Newsletter - June 28th 2011

June 28, 2011

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MLI launches Call to Action, holds panels at Global Health Council's annual conference

Leaders from MLI's five countries launched the 'Call to Action for Country-led Development in Health: Practical Steps Forward' at this year's Global Health Council conference. The ministers of health of Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, as well as the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal all signed the document in Geneva last month. Based on MLI's experience, the Call to Action urges country leaders and development partners to take several steps, including:

  • Government leaders, including ministers and their senior teams, must be clear about their priorities
  • Development partners must be flexible, willing to listen, and follow the priorities defined by country leaders
  • Countries must be given greater opportunities to learn from each other, developing ongoing relationships between leaders.

The launch featured a photo exhibit of each country by acclaimed photographer Dominic Chavez. MLI delegates also participated in the panels, "If Countries Lead Will Donors Follow?" and "A Practical Approach to Defining, Supporting, and Evaluating Country-Driven Development: The Ministerial Leadership Initiative."


Batson: "We are in agreement on country ownership"

At MLI's special session "If Countries Lead Will Donors Follow?" USAID's Amie Batson spoke passionately about the need for greater country ownership. After listening to each delegate from Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, she said that the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is tailored to health priorities of each country. "The US government is taking very significant, very specific steps to be better partners with countries," said Batson, deputy assistant administrator for global health. These steps include more direct engagement and negotiations with the government, as well as empowering local and national stakeholders.

More details about Batson's perspective on country ownership and GHI's priorities can be found at the MLI blog, "Batson: country ownership a key GHI principle," as well as at the Global Post in "USAID official promises GHI receptivity to countries' own goals."


Painting the picture of a busy week

After his photo exhibit at the launch of MLI's Call to Action for Country-led Development, photographer Dominic Chavez took pictures of two MLI events at the Global Health Council's annual conference. In his photo blog at MLI's Leading Global Health blog, he features country delegates participating in two MLI panels: "If Countries Lead Will Donors Follow?" and "A Practical Approach to Defining, Supporting, and Evaluating Country-Driven Development: The Ministerial Leadership Initiative." Photographs of the packed room and the panel dialogue spotlight MLI country ministry leaders as they talked about their experiences. Country health leaders also gave interviews to several reporters and were featured on GlobalPost, Voice of America, allafrica.com, Global Health TV, and Results for Development Institute's blog. Chavez's photos also can be found in past photo blogs on the MLI website.

 

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