This post originally appeared on the LMGforHealth.org Blog. USAID's Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), hosted the Governance for Health (G4H) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Roundtable 2013 (G4H2013) at Georgetown University in August.
The overwhelming consensus of G4H2013? Governance matters.
Health sector leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. in August for the second roundtable on enhanced governance for the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Governance involves decisionmaking by diverse stakeholders that set the strategic direction for public and private organizations; assembling and allocating resources needed to implement the strategic plan; monitoring the progress of champions; and protecting the mission of the organization.
Challenges and actions that surfaced during the interactive conversations included addressing the themes of governing decentralized ministries of health, corruption, women in leadership, and governing bodies, as did the call for measurement that tracks the impact of good governance. A variety of smart governance practices were also discussed.
Actions to Promote Good Governance
For more about #G4H2013, see: Girls' Globe blogger Elisabeth Epstein's take on the roundtable and LMGforHealth.org's post on putting ideas into action, #Storify story of G4H2013 images and tweets, photo blog, and Facebook photo album.