The Action for Reset Dialogues - Episode XI : Common Goods for Health


A full year after the 2019 UNGA launch of the groundbreaking Common Goods for Health papers, two leading authors Susan Sparkes (WHO) and Bill Savedoff (IDB) meet up in this episode of the Action for Reset Dialogues, revisiting this vital arena of work.

What has a year of CoVID-19 experiences taught the world about the importance of common goods for health? How has the pandemic’s devastating impact fed into the sense of urgency around financing common goods for health aspivotal for health and the foundation of UHC? And notably, how do we now envisage the role of the state and public investment anew, and contemplate better ways of dealing with market failures and gaps in collective action? This examination covers the roles of both communities and elites. It stresses the importance of keeping a firm historical eye on what has mobilized people in the past to learn from that for the future.

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Susan Sparkes (PhD) is a health economist on the health financing team at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva.  She has 15 years of experience in fiscal policy, health financing and health systems reform around the world. She has worked on fiscal space and health financing policy for the World Bank, as well as on health system issues for the Global Fund, among other organizations. She has a Doctorate in health economics from Harvard University, a Master’s in economics from Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s in international political economy from Georgetown University.

William Savedoff (PhD), is Principal Health Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development where he worked on issues of aid effectiveness and health policy. At the Center, Savedoff played a leading role in the Evaluation Gap Initiative and co-authored Cash on Delivery Aid with Nancy Birdsall. Before joining the CGD, Savedoff prepared, coordinated, and advised development projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Health Organization. As a Senior Partner at Social Insight, Savedoff worked for clients including the National Institutes of Health, Transparency International, and the World Bank.