Governance Guides and Handbooks


Governance Guides: Five Essential Practices of Governance

In this series of Governance Guides, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), through USAID's Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project, shares practical ways to govern your health system well -- even if you have little prior experience in governance.

The guides are written for: Ministers of Health or Directors of a department in the Ministry of Health, heads of a provincial or district health system or a hospital or a health center, health managers, health providers, and health workers.

The guides help enable governing body members, directors, senior managers, and health professionals working in organizations delivering health care, family planning, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and maternal, newborn, and child health services achieve higher service performance and better health outcomes.

  1. Cultivate Accountability: English | French
  2. Engage Stakeholders: English | French
  3. Set a Shared Strategic Direction: English | French
  4. Steward Resources: English | French
  5. Continuous Governance Enhancement: English | French

Governance Handbooks: Training Facilitation

The Governance Training Facilitation Handbooks are organized by setting:

  1. Ministries of health: English | French
  2. Provincial health departments and provincial health systems: English | French
  3. District health offices and district health systems: English | French
  4. Hospitals: English | French
  5. Health centers: English | French

The handbooks give detailed guidance on setting up and conducting governance education through which the knowledge and skills in applying the five effective governing practices can best be mastered. The handbooks are best used with the accompanying series of five guides which show practical ways to govern the health systems well, and improve its performance, and ultimately, improve health of the populations.

For more information, visit the LMG website.

The LMG Project is funded by USAID and led by Management Sciences for Health with a consortium of partners.