In the world of global aid and development, country ownership has become one of the most debated issues. But what does country ownership mean in practical terms to donors, development partners, civil society, and country governments? If the goal is to put each country into the driver’s seat, how can we get there? For nearly five years, the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health -MLI- has forged new pathways for advancing this critical development issue, working with five countries in Africa and Asia. What emerged is a distinctive MLI Model to advance country ownership.
In the Driver’s Seat, a series of interviews by journalist John Donnelly posted on the MLI Leading Global Health blog, discusses the dynamics of country ownership with leaders from developing countries, US government, and development partners. The discussion broaches topics regarding how country ownership is incorporated into their work, why country ownership is gaining traction in development, and the perceived risks of country ownership.
Featuring Interviews with:
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
To understand and gain perspective on how country ownership is gaining greater traction in MLI countries and the subsequent effects, journalist Nellie Bristol conducted interviews with development partners in Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Mali. This series, posted on MLI’s Leading Global Health blog, explores the growing commitment to country ownership by donors, other implementing partners, and developing country governments resulting in increased support for government health sector plans and reduced aid fragmentation.
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The “Advancing Country Ownership for Greater Results: A Roundtable Dialogue” took place on January 12, 2012, and was hosted by the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI). Country ownership is viewed as an important step towards improving aid effectiveness for global health. Yet, country ownership is a debated issue, particularly what it means in practical terms to donors, development partners, civil society, and country governments.
In December 2010, MLI brought Ministry focal points from all five countries together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Learning Collaborative Forum hosted by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health. This Forum provided a venue for Ministry leaders to forge strong peer relationships, learn from one another and share their successes and challenges. This note provides an overview of the Forum and highlights important lessons learned around country ownership and leading health policy reform.
In many developing countries, the Ministry of Health is often viewed by outsiders as a place populated with bureaucrats and technocrats who issue policies but do little to make sure those policies work in health centers and hospitals. The media especially tends to avoid ministries of health because of an impression that they will become mired in bureaucratic, time-consuming tangles with little in return; journalists also worry that ministry officials could limit their reporting in the field and require costly permits from another governmental body to do their work.
L’Initiative du leadership ministériel pour la santé dans le monde (ILM) est un programme de planification des politiques axé sur la demande qui travaille avec les ministères de la santé en Éthiopie, au Mali, au Népal, au Sénégal et en Sierra Leone dans trois domaines de réformes : le financement de la santé en vue de l’équité, le renforcement des systèmes de santé et la santé de la reproduction.
Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.