Report Examines Civil Society’s Role In Sustaining Public Health, Transitioning To Country Ownership Model

This week, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; the USAID-funded Health Policy Project; International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region; and Planned Parenthood Global, released a new report (.pdf) based on a consultation held in late 2012 and that included civil society leaders from 20 countries, according to an email alert. The consultation, titled “Advancing Country Ownership: Civil Society’s Role in Sustaining Public Health,” “sought to identify priorities and models for ensuring civil society engagement in health decision-making — and to identify some key principles around country ownership of health programming and policymaking,” the alert notes (6/19). “The organizations invited a diverse array of stakeholders to (1) consider the implications for civil society’s role in the ongoing transition of development aid programs to a country ownership model, and (2) discuss ways in which civil society might participate as a partner in the country ownership paradigm, thus maximizing its potential as the representative for populations disadvantaged by poverty, marginalized due to stigmatization, or vulnerable to discrimination,” the report summary states, noting the report “builds upon those conversations and incorporates additional research” (June 2013).