Open discussion meeting on Thursday 30 November 2023
Assessing the vestiges of coloniality within the discourse on climate and health justice

The Community of Practice on Climate and Health Justice hosted by the MMI Network cordially invites you to the open discussion meeting on “Assessing the vestiges of coloniality within the discourse on climate and health justice”. The Zoom meeting is co-hosted by the Kampala Initiative and brings to you lived experience from experts from three different continents that have suffered the gruesome impact of colonisation.


  • Dr. Danny Gotto, Executive Director of Innovations for Development, Uganda.
  • Dr. Virginia Taelens, Officer-in-Charge of Climate Change Network for Community Initiatives, Philippines
  • Adrián Salas Xopan, Maya Elder and Deputy Director of Muuchxiimbal Mayan Ceremonial Center, Mexico.
  • Moderator: Magalie Schotte, Coordinator of Be-cause health

Assessing the vestiges of coloniality within the discourse on climate and health justice
Open discussion meeting on Thursday 30 November 2023, 15.00 to 16.30 hrs CET
Language: English, no interpretation

Join the discussion meeting via Zoom login
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Online session on 31 January 2023
What is our vision of global solidarity?

It is no longer debatable that the struggle for global justice and poverty eradication requires a fundamental reimagining – one built on universal values of equality and justice, not aid and charity – and one that’s fit for the 21st century.

Structures that sustain and reproduce inequality must be dismantled and replaced with a more balanced system that redistributes resources equally, compensates for damages and puts in place decolonising mechanisms that can address power inequalities and guarantee equal power relations between minority and majority Worlds (i.e., so called global north and global south). However, it’s our belief at Kampala Initiative that, for new systems, structures, and strategies to come about, a clear vision of the future –which should collectively inspire everyone to engage and commit to working together should come first before everything else.

We are now at a critical stage of creating this new vision, and after an initial session with members of the Kampala Initiative and Medicus Mundi International (MMI) on 14 December, 2022, we have now organized an extended session to include more diverse participants from allied groups (beyond Kampala Initiative and MMI). How does the vision of a more equitable and just future look like to you? What could practical solidarity look like between majority and minority Worlds? For these and more discussions, please sign up for this workshop and let us [collectively] make an honest appraisal of how the world should look if we reimagine it.

Webinar on 22 November 2022
Launch of “Civil Society Principles for ODA-funded Private Sector Engagement in Global Health”

STOPAIDS and the Kampala Initiative Working Group on Public Private Partnerships jointly organized this interactive webinar to launch the “Civil Society Principles for ODA-funded Private Sector Engagement in Global Health”.

  • If you were unable to attend live or wanted to re-watch the discussion, you can find it here.
  • The principles can now also be downloaded on STOPAIDS’ website here. If your organisation would like to endorse the principles and have your logo listed on the paper, you can add your support here or write to

From PPPs to biomedical Research & Development funding, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of development finance being channelled to the private sector to support the delivery of global development goals. Whilst there are examples of private sector engagement which have advanced global health outcomes, to respond to the risks associated with this agenda, the principles seek to guide the funding and role of the private sector in global health.

The principles argue that Private Sector Engagement in Global Health must:

  • Not undermine public healthcare provision
  • Be driven by patient centred needs and social accountability for health rather than commercial interests
  • Have a demonstrated public health impact, be evidence based and adhere to the principle of equitable access to services
  • Have strong transparency and accountability mechanisms in place in line with the principles of aid effectiveness.
  • Support and promote human rights, workers’ rights, the rights of women and girls and all marginalised groups.
  • Not be used to promote private sector investment in health in countries where there is not  effective regulation of the private health sector

This webinar highlighted cross-sector case-studies and explored how the principles could be applied to help realise the right to health. Attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback on the principles and engaged with theexpert lineup of speakers, including:

  • Denis Bukenya, People’s Health Movement Uganda and Kampala Initiative
  • Anna Marriott, Health Policy Manager, Oxfam
  • James Cole, Advocacy Manager, STOPAIDS
  • John Fairhurst, Head – Private Sector Engagement, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni


Webinar on 2 November 2022
Debt and Colonialism: How debt is used to exploit, control and harm us

Currently, 54 countries in the global south are in a debt crisis and the talk often is about debt as a technical or financial issue, the fault of global south governments, or even the ‘generous’ or a necessary form of development finance. However, from colonialism to the present day, debt has been used to exploit, control and plunder the wealth of countries in the global south. While global south governments must choose between investing in healthcare or meeting debt payments, lenders in the global north stand to make huge profits while being able to wield their power as lenders to impose their neo-liberal economic logic onto borrowing nations. Normal people are paying the price, faced with cut public services and other devastating implications of austerity. This is neo-colonialism.

Webinar on 22 June 2022
Localization of Health Aid: Decolonization or not?

In recent years, localisation has become increasingly promoted in debates about international aid but delivery has been hindered, in part due to systemic barriers. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted structural inequalities in the global system and disrupted business as it has been known in the development sector, putting local organisations at the frontline to a greater extent than before. The pandemic has also provided the space to focus on prevention and preparedness for other crises which have in turn allowed recognition of the strengths of local organisations and their proximity to communities. Therefore, localisation is not only considered morally and ethically right but evidence also shows that it increases impact and improves effectiveness. On the other hand, localization is not enough; it can only be a part of a larger process.

This webinar therefore focused on reviewing barriers and challenges to localisation and locally-led practice with a view to contributing to an ongoing localisation effort, to further shape the future of international aid and humanitarian action in Africa.

Series of webinars, 2-30 November 2021:
Reimagining solidarity – How can we move beyond the ‘aid’ narrative?

This series of webinars was hosted by Health Povery Action and organized by the ‘Track Changing Initiative’, a working group of the Kampala Initiative which researches the language of so called ‘international development’ and health cooperation, believing that the way we speak about concepts effects how we think, feel and act on them.

With growing consensus on the need to decolonize the language of so called ‘international development’, the working group was conducting a consultation on language, and specifically on alternative names for ‘aid’ in view of finding a more appropriate term or terms to describe the financial relationship between the Global North and South which we can adopt.

The first three webinars profiled speakers from Uganda, Nigeria and Benin. The final one hosted speakers from across the global community.

Nigeria webinar: Time to Rename Aid? 9 November 2021
Benin webinar: Time to Rename Aid? 16 November 2021
Uganda webinar: Time to Rename Aid? 23 November 2021 (new date)
Global webinar: Time to Rename Aid? 30 November 2021

Find here the full documentation of the series, including the recordings of all sessions.
Contact for enquiries: Hamimu Masudi, Health Poverty Action

Decolonizing Health in Africa
Series of webinars co-hosted by the Kampala Initiative

The Kampala Initiative (KI) and the People’s Health Movement Uganda country circle (PHM Uganda) with support from Human Rights Research Documentation Center (HURIC) partnered with Innovations for Development (I4DEV) to organise a series of webinars to dialogue on the theme of decolonization of health in Africa,. The webinars were a first outcome of a joint project on “Dismantling Neo-colonial Influences in Uganda’s Health Sector” as a mirror to the global perspective.

This project examines the influences of old colonial and neo-colonial legacies of the global powers in Africa on Uganda’s health system and develops strategies that are hoped to counter the negative spillovers on the systems.

The four webinar sessions took place from July to October 2021 and covered four key thematic areas exploring continued coloniality manifestations within African health systems:

  • Development Assistance for Health
  • Human Resources for Health
  • Health Research
  • Public Health Legislation and Global Health Governance

The dialogues brought together actors within public, government, civil society, humanitarian and development spaces in both the Global North and the South.

First webinar, 21 July 2021
Coloniality in Development Assistance for Health (DAH)
and its impact on health sector financing in Africa

The first webinar focused on the historical perspective of colonialism and aid, the expressions of coloniality within the aid industry, its implication to health care delivery, and the strategies that can be used to decolonize Development Assistance for Health (DAH). This dialogue underscored that health sector financing remains one of the most critical bottlenecks to the realisation of universal health care in most developing countries. Despite commitments by the aid sector to make their contributions more effective, ODA has remained a tool by the powerful in the global north and their proxy aid agencies to influence and dominate the health agenda and policies of their global south counterparts.

Webinar recording:

Second webinar, 4 August 2021
Decolonizing Human Resources for health (HRH)

This webinar and dialogue featured the increasing disparity of the available Human Resources for Health between the global North and South that has re-awakened the decolonial consciousness about inequity and inequalities particularly in ways they are sustained by the colonial legacies.

Webinar recording:

Third webinar, 8 September 2021
Decolonising Health Research in Africa

In this webinar participants concluded that health research remains crucial in helping to identify health challenges and developing possible and feasible solutions. However, in reality, developing countries suffer from the constraints of the low research output related to the health problems they have. The discussions further showed health research as a preserve of neocolonial powers who tend to relegate the global south governments, academia and the public to mere objects, consumers or spectators of health research and its outcome. The speakers promoted African led research for evidence based solutions. The entire team gave an account of feasible efforts to decolonize health research in Africa.

Webinar recording:

Fourth webinar, 26 October 2021
Decolonising Global Health Governance
Perspectives from Africa

The topic of the final webinar was changed from looking at colonialism in the public health legislation alone to include the bigger picture on colonialism in the health systems governance. The implication on this amendment meant that the discussion was not only about the archaic colonial legacies in the public health laws but also how it impacted on the health system governance of African countries to date.

Webinar recording:

Conclusions and outlook

With this series of webinars, the co-organizers intended to catalyse an African-led discussion on the decolonization of health systems in sub-Saharan Africa. After the successful implementation of the series, the co-organizers agreed that the expected outcomes were mostly achieved, as follows:

  • The webinars allowed to provide information on the context of coloniality in health in Africa broadly with a focus on the Ugandan perspective.
  • The webinars allowed to identify strategies and practical ways on how to decolonize the health sector in Uganda and Africa generally.
  • The webinars allowed to advance the dialogue on the initial steps of creating an organic Afro-centric network/coalition of actors working on decolonization and its praxis in sub-Saharan Africa.

The dialogues were meant to end with a conference in Kampala to follow-up on the two years of the Kampala Initiative’s existence and to strategize on how to take the initiative forward. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this has not been possible but this remains the main target by the Kampala based convenors of the webinar series, and is also shared by the Steering Committee.

The dialogues in form of webinars will continue until such a time when it is logically possible to reconvene in Kampala where the dream of a Kampala Initiative unfolded. The implication is that we ought to continue by following-up on the strategies discussed and shared in the dialogue series.

Contact for updates and enquiries: Denis Bukenya, PHM Uganda

Webinar 10, 5 February 2021
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and commercialisation in healthcare: donors, profit and people

On 25 February 2021, the Kampala Initiative and its task group “Challenge PPPs” and Wemos hosted a webinar to discuss the latest findings on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare and how civil society may reverse the process of healthcare commercialisation.

 Healthcare commercialisation

PPPs in healthcare are increasingly promoted by global actors as an instrument to provide and finance healthcare in many countries. However, academics and civil society have criticised the use of PPPs, because of their high cost and their failure to address accessibility problems for the poor. Now that Covid-19 is showing the world the great importance of strong and equitable health systems, it is time to move beyond these critiques and work to reverse the process of healthcare commercialisation.

Programme of the webinar

In this interactive webinar, panellists shared the latest findings on PPPs in healthcare. Participants looked at commercial actors, see how they are promoted by certain donors, and analyse how they impact health access and health equity. The webinar intended to create a space to discuss these findings and their implications, and to work as civil society to refine health advocacy actions towards our governments.


  • Leah Eryenyu (Akina Mama wa Afrika) talked about PPPs’ gendered impact on access to public (health) services.
  • Allana Kembabazi (Initiative for Social and Economic Rights) talked about the role of donors in healthcare PPPs, focusing on the example of the World Bank funded Reproductive Health Voucher Project
  • Barbara Fienieg and Marco Angelo (Wemos) discussed how healthcare privatisation and commercialisation are promoted through development finance, and the problems this causes.
  • Denis Bukenya and Siomha Cunniffe (Kampala Initiative task group “Challenge PPPs“) kicked off an interactive discussion on the role of national governments in healthcare PPPs, with the example of the Lubowa PPP hospital.

Discussion moderated by Ravi Ram, People’s Health Movement/Kampala Initiative.

Webinar slides and recording

References and commended reading

Co-organizers and contacts

Wemos: Barbara Fienieg
Kampala Initiative: Ravi Ram
Kampala Initiative “Challenge PPPs”: Denis Bukenya

Webinar 9, 19 and 26 October 2020
Stronger Collaboration, Better Health? Watch the GAP!

In September 2019, at a side event to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, twelve multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies launched the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All “to better support countries over the next ten years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals through strengthened collaboration and coordination”. One year into the GAP, in September 2020, its first progress report was published and launched in an online event hosted by the WHO, where representatives from signatory agencies and governments expressed their support to the GAP commitments.

The “Watch the GAP” task group of the Kampala Intiative, the Civil Society Advisory Group for the GAP (CSAG) and the Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH) invite civil society colleagues and others interested to a series of three webinars to discuss and reflect on the development and the first year of the implementation of the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All” (GAP).

In this webinar miniseries we focused on different elements of the GAP, together with representatives from the GAP Secretariat, civil society, and some of the signatory agencies. In times of COVID-19, when the challenges of international health cooperation are multiplied by the pandemic, can the GAP make a difference? The co-organizers intended to inspire civil society to advocate for more space for civil society engagement with the GAP and to closely follow the Action Plan’s role in strengthening coordination among signatory agencies at global and country level and what this entails for national health systems and for communities and civil society.

Monday 19 October 2020: The GAP and civil society – civil society and the GAP

This webinar focused on the history, the set-up and the objectives of the Global Action Plan as seen by the GAP agencies and civil society. We discussed the first progress report, with a particular focus on the initial plan and current reality of how to involve, address and support civil society and communities.


  • Aminu Magashi Garba, Community of Practitioners for Accountability and Social Action in Health COPASAH
  • Andy Seale, WHO, and Melissa Sobers, UNAIDS, GAP Accelerator on Communities and Civil Society
  • Hendrik Schmitz and Isadora Quick, WHO, GAP Secretariat
  • Loyce Pace, Global Health Council, GAP Civil Society Advisory Group
  • Myria Koutsoumpa, Wemos, and Thomas Schwarz, Medicus Mundi International Network, Watch the GAP task group of the Kampala Initiative
  • Roy Small, UNDP, GAP Accelerator on Determinants of Health

Moderation slides: Webinar 19 Oct 2020 (PPT as PDF)
Webinar recording:

Monday 26 October 2020: The GAP and Sustainable Financing for Health: Business as usual?

This webinar critically looked at how sustainable financing is framed in the GAP, iincluding reflections on reports and experiences from countries in which the sustainable financing “accelerator” (thematic focus) of the GAP was piloted according to the 2020 progress report on the GAP implementation. As the agencies in the lead of these pilots are usual suspects (Global Fund, GAVI, World Bank / GFF), are the initial “success stories” reported also mainly business as usual, just presented in a new way, or does the GAP make any difference, for the countries and for civil society?


  • Toomas Palu, World Bank, GAP Accelerator on Sustainable Financing for Health
  • Myria Koutsoumpa, Wemos, Watch the GAP task group of the Kampala Initiative
  • Aminu Magashi Garba, Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN)

Moderation slides with inputs: Webinar 26 Oct 2020 (PPT as PDF)
Webinar recording:

Date to be determined: The GAP and Primary Health Care: The usual confusion?

This webinar will take a country-focus approach, looking critically at how Primary Health Care (PHC) is framed in the GAP in a technical way (as primary level care, basic packages of services) and how the political dimensions of Primary Health Care, in a sense of the Alma-Ata Declaration, are left out (addressing determinants of health and issues of global economic justice, community and people as owners of the health system). The webinar will reflect on reports and experiences from countries in which the PHC “accelerator” (thematic focus) of the GAP was piloted. The panel will include representatives from signatory agencies and civil society organizations (COPASAH, MMI and PHM).

Initially scheduled for 2 November, the third webinar had to be postponed for technical reasons. We will send out new invitations when the date is confirmed.

Reference document for the series of webinars

Watch the GAP. A critical civil society perspective on the development, potential impact and implementation of the ‘Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well- being for All’ (July 2020, PDF)


“Watch the GAP” task group of the Kampala Initiative (website)
Civil Society Advisory Group for the GAP, CSAG (website)
Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health, COPASAH (website)


Watch the GAP: Myria Koutsoumpa, Wemos (e-mail)
CSAG: Loyce Pace, Global Health Council (e-mail)
COPASAH: Aminu Magashi Garba, Africa Health Budget Network (e-mail)

Webinar 8, Thursday, 27 August 2020
The project of a “National Health Advocacy Fund”
– civil society perspectives on an enticing proposal

National level health advocacy plays a vital role in our struggles to achieve health for all, and yet there is an alarming lack of funding for this work. We know we need more funding and resources, but the question is how should we go about securing this? And, how do we avoid recreating ago-old funding practises that prioritise donors voices over those of communities and civil society as new models emerge?

In recent months, a number of initiatives have arisen that aim to address these questions. For the next Kampala Initiative webinar, we explore one of these initiatives – the National Health Advocacy Funding Partnership – a coalition working to develop a new funding mechanism for civil society advocacy for health. The project is hosted by the Joep Lange Institute.

In our webinar, we were joined by two speakers from the National Health Advocacy Funding Partnership steering committee, as well as two speakers who shared their reflections on this initiative from their own experience as “recipients” or critical reflectors of health aid funding models. There was also sufficient time for discussion.

The reflections shared in this webinar will be fed back to the National Health Advocacy Funding Partnership’s steering committee as they develop their plans.




Webinar 7: 9 and 16 July 2020, 15.00-16.30 CEST
Health cooperation in the time of COVID-19:
Exploring how to move from aid to global solidarity

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.

The first part of the webinar exposed some of the failings of health aid through the experience of COVID-19 from southern and northern perspectives. We heard from a number of speakers, and athen creating a space to collectively share own experiences, thoughts and expertise. In the second part of the webinar, we started to explore how we build international health cooperation (aid) back better after this pandemic drawing on the expertise and inputs of all participants. There were no “invited” speakers for this session as the focus was on collectively generating our own ideas through facilitated discussion and exploration.

References and recommended reading

  • International Public Finance and COVID-19: A New Architecture is Urgently Needed
    Celine Tan,
  • Open letter from African intellectuals to leaders over COVID-19
  • Coronavirus: A radical and rapid increase in aid can save millions of lives — and bring our divided world together
    Julie Seghers, Oxfam,
  • Can We Reimagine Global Health In The Post-Pandemic World?
    Madhukar Pai,
  • COVID-19 aid funding: The many pots and pitfalls
    Ben Parker, New Humanitarian,
  • How COVID-19 is reshaping priorities for both domestic resources and development assistance in the health sector
    UHC 2030 core team

Please feel free to send us any additional recommended reading.

Webinar 6: Thursday 25 June 2020
Health aid accountability and the politics of data
Documentation available now

How do we know where aid for health goes, and whether it reaches those most in need? The answer is increasingly indicators and data — but as we increasingly see in the COVID-19 crisis, politics and economics can shape what gets counted and how. Data sovereignty and empowerment are increasingly important as public-private partnerships between aid agencies and tech giants are on the rise.

This webinar explored the politics of data used to set priorities in global health finance. The aim of this webinar was to empower civil society groups to ask critical questions and constructively challenge the priorities they are presented by global governance and funding agencies.

Speakers included Dr. John Waters (Caribbean Vulnerable Communities) and Hayden Barthelmy (GrenCHAP), civil society activists from the Caribbean who successfully conducted an HIV study in partnership with communities and researchers; Dr. Carolyn Gomes, winner of the UN Human Rights Prize and Alternate Board Member representing Developing Countries NGO Delegation on the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and Sara (Meg) Davis, an anthropologist and expert on the politics of data.


Further references 

Webinar 5: Thursday 13 February 2020
Narratives about aid and charity: High time for “Track Changing”

Dominant narratives about aid and charity emanating from the global North (and in particular from many NGOs) sustain power imbalances and distract from action on the root causes of poverty, in particular damaging policies and practices by actors in the Global North. That includes the way the global economy is structured and issues such as trade, tax, climate change.

As part of the Kampala Initiative workshop that took place in November 2019, an initial group of civil society members from 6 different countries came together to creatively explore what a new narrative could look like – one that tells the truth about poverty and poor health, and that builds solidarity and social justice. They also developed an action plan on how to start engaging others in this work, formalising themselves into an open group called the “Track Changing Initiative”.

In our webinar on 13 February, we will discuss the activities undertaken by this group at the Kampala Initiative workshop, and welcome comments, thoughts and feedback on some of the alternative words, phrases and definitions that were developed.

The webinar is not an internal meeting of an already consolidated team, but shall allow those already engaged to reach out to anyone interested in our topic. So please join the webinar – and the conversation. If you then think that you can contribute to taking our action forward, you are more than welcome to join the “Track Changing Initiative” on a rolling basis.

The webinar will include a short update on the state and perspectives of the Kampala Initiative after the launch of the Kampala Declaration at the end of January 2020.

References and documentation

Related focal topics of the Kampala initiative

  • From aid to “global solidarity beyond aid”

Webinar 4: Friday 8 November 2019
Addressing and using the power of language: How to reclaim the aid narrative and its power for the issue of justice and solidarity?

Dominant narratives about aid and charity emanating from the global North (and in particular from many NGOs) sustain power imbalances and distract from action on the root causes of poverty, in particular damaging policies and practices by actors in the Global North. That includes the way the global economy is structured and issues such as trade, tax, climate change.

We will discuss the issues with the narrative of aid from northern and southern perspectives and explore some of the alternatives being put forward including “Global Public Investment” as suggested by Jonathan Glennie, The Narratives Project as well as new principles for communicating developed by Health Poverty Action in partnership with allies from across the world.



Related focal topics of the Kampala initiative

  • Aid stabilizing or overcoming an unfair global trade regime?
  • Aid and its actors distorting or supporting national health policies, systems, processes?
  • Representation and voice(s) of civil society in global fora, initiatives and processes
  • From aid to “global solidarity beyond aid”

Webinar 3: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Can normative instruments help to “do aid better”?

Are aid and its actors distorting or supporting national health policies, systems, processes?

If aid remains a reality for some of the poorest countries, and if there is an honest will to address and overcome some of its shortcomings and failures, there might be a need for renewed normative guidance, in the follow-up of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda on Aid Effectiveness.

We will discuss the current relevance and effectivenes of two older normative instruments, the IHP+ “seven good behaviours” taken up by UHC2030 and the “NGO Code of Conduct for Health Systems Strengthening” proposed by a group of international NGOs. And we will also critically assess the normative elements of the “Global Action Plan for healthy lives and well-being for all” (GAP) launched in September this year by 12 multilateral organizations and global health initiatives.

Related focal topics of the Kampala initiative

  • Aid stabilizing or overcoming an unfair global trade regime?
  • Aid and its actors distorting or supporting national health policies, systems, processes?
  • Representation and voice(s) of civil society in global fora, initiatives and processes
  • From aid to “global solidarity beyond aid”



Webinar 2: Friday 1 November 2019
Creating space for civil society engagement in the Global Financing Facility (?)

As part of a broader civil society team, the Dutch NGO Wemos critically follows the developments and outcomes of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. In a new interactive story published on their website and in a series of country case studies including Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, they report on efforts undertaken to create space for civil society engagement in the GFF, to influence and improve this global health initiative.

Related focal topics of the Kampala initiative

  • Aid and its actors distorting or supporting national health policies, systems, processes?
  • Representation and voice(s) of civil society in global fora and processes



Webinar 1: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Investing any hope in “Global Public Investment”? A critical look at a recently launched campaign for “more and better aid”

“The language and theory of Aid is outdated. But the world still needs something like it. So what is the way forward to create a fairer, safer, healthier, more prosperous planet?” In a side event to the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC, a group of organisations including the Joep Lange Institute and OSF presented a paper on “Global Public Investment” in view of launching a campaign for “more and better aid”. The paper promotes a “renewed/rethought/revamped understanding of the role and nature of ODA and other types of concessional international public finance” and “five paradigm shifts related to the ambition, function, scope, contributors and narrative of development assistance to help shape its future”. This may be an initiative worth to be critically assessed and followed closely.

Related focal topics of the Kampala initiative

  • Aid stabilizing or overcoming an unfair global trade regime?
  • Aid and its actors distorting or supporting national health policies, systems, processes?
  • Representation and voice(s) of civil society in global fora and processes
  • From aid to “global solidarity beyond aid”



Series of Kampala Initiative webinars

For many countries and societies struggling with access to health services and health equity, aid is still a challenging reality. What’s wrong with “health aid” and its actors, structures, paradigms and policies, methods and processes? How can the failures and shortcomings of aid be addressed? How do we achieve real cooperation and solidarity within and beyond aid?

In October and November 2019, the “Kampala Initiative” was launched with a series of four pubic webinars, each focused on a case that illustrates challenges in aid, with a focus on possible solutions to advance solidarity and cooperation. The conversation on these topics was continued in a civil society workshop in Kampala, in mid-November.

Since then, the series of webinars has been continued; see the announcements and webinar documentations on this page. Start thinking about what case you would like to see featured in a next webinar, and how to do this. And join the Kampala Initiative!

  • Learn more about how to propose and run a webinar in this simple KI guideline – webinar
  • See also: page “The Kampala Initiative as a community”

Webinar coordination: Kampala Initiative Programme Group

The Kampala Initiative