Kampala Initiative | The international aid response to COVID-19 has shone a bright light on many of the issues we see in aid responses generally – donor interests are shaping solutions, accountability and transparency is lacking, global north countries are still being dubbed “generous saviours” and there seems to be no recognition that certain approaches to health aid have themselves played a role in undermining countries’ capacity to deal with health emergencies. To top it off, the long-term picture of traditional health aid looks uncertain as economies contract in donor countries and stronger pro-isolationist narratives emerge.

While we know health aid is only one small piece of the puzzle when it comes to addressing poor health and poverty around the world, recovering from the pandemic offers us a unique opportunity to evolve and reform it for the better. The question is, what do we want it to look like? To explore this further, and to collectively start to develop a strong civil society voice on the future of health aid, the Kampala Initiative is hosting a two-part participatory webinar series.

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