The governance capacity and the changing roles of ministries of health in the 21st century

Health systems today are very dynamic, and it is clear that the roles of everybody involved change rapidly too. The Collaborative is very interested in these changes. So for the first year of our Collaborative we have decided to put the spotlight on the changing roles of Ministries of Health as entry point into that exciting arena. 

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Health systems today are very dynamic, and it is clear that the roles of everybody involved change rapidly too. The Collaborative is very interested in these changes. So for the first year of our Collaborative we have decided to put the spotlight on the changing roles of Ministries of Health as entry point into that exciting arena. 

Through collaboration with governance experts, policy makers and other health system stakeholders, the Collaborative aims to identify what roles of ministries of health in the health systems of 21st century are and should be playing. 

Close to practice, we will look into all the challenges people face and what capacities they deem urgent in Ministries to exercise proper stewardship roles in an increasingly complex environment. 

A variety of ways of working together have already been identified. But of course, the Collaborative is always open to new suggestions. There are different ways in which you can already engage:

  • There are concrete projects on which people team up and collaborate. See our 'Collaborations' below and join in. 
  • If you have clear, critical analyses to share of the current dynamics in health systems and their impact on the roles of Ministries of health, let us know. Contact us here.
  • Share publicly-documented reforms of MOH relating to the role and capacity of MOH. Contact us here.
  • If you wish to take on the co-hosting of a specific thematic Governance Lab regarding specific dimensions of the changing roles of Ministries of Health, let us know. Contact us here.
  • If you are a civil servant, decision-maker or change-maker in health, and you have interesting stories or innovative suggestions to share regarding the governance capacities of Ministries, please do! Comment below.

What is a thematic governance lab?

A ‘thematic governance lab’ is a methodology which brings together creative multi-disciplinary participants who are willing to think outside the box, and who are focused on local practical solutions.

In a carefully-crafted and problem oriented encounter or set of encounters, participants explore how to tackle persistent governance bottlenecks in innovative ways and find creative solutions not ‘quick fixes’.

The methodology draws on principles of dynamic systems change thinking, horizontal learning, co-construction and serious gaming.

Using Collaborations

Our Health Systems Governance Collaborative online ‘Collaborations’ focus on a particular area of work in the overall theme. Here you can upload documents or events, and even work on documents jointly with other Collaborative members.

For each item that it is uploaded, you can comment and interact with other members about the content or related issues.

Explore!

Collaborations

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'Software' capacities of ministries of health

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Ministries of health are a vital player to set standards, safeguard quality and deal with complexities of local, national and international developments that affect health. They require dynamic governance skill sets or ‘software’ to meet the demands of constantly shifting core tasks.

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Decentralization: the good, the bad and the ugly

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The health sector is dynamic and complex, and many countries allocate powers to decentralized levels to organize, manage and control health systems. What are the real issues of power and practice in health systems decentralization? Explore our Collaboration around this here.  

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People-centered health systems governance: turning the tables

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This Collaboration explores various ongoing movements that aim to ‘turn the tables’ on governance to promote genuine debate and action for ‘civic engagement in health.’
Interested? Then join this discussion.