From Kampala to Bangkok: Marking progress, forging solutions

Parallel Session 1

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Thursday, 27 January 2011 - 15:30-17:30

A focus on the issues, experiences, initiatives of people and institutions that lead health workforce development at the country level. The session approaches the topic through looking at three components of effective leadership: strategic vision, capacity to lead and accountability to the public and to partners.

This session focuses on the issues, experiences, initiatives of people and institutions who lead health workforce development at the country level.

Following the plenary on leadership, this session will attempt to delve deeper into the experiences of using the proposed framework. It will aim to answer: what will it take to build leadership at country level?

The session will approach the topic though looking at three components of effective leadership:

  • strategic vision
  • capacity to lead
  • accountability to the public and to partners

How can these components be effectively developed to sustain health workforce development over the short and long term? How can we tell that there is effective leadership?

Strategic vision is embodied and made real through formulation of strategic policy directions. HRH plans can be used as one indicator that strategic vision exists.

The capacity to lead can be assessed by the presence and activities of individuals and institutions (eg. HRH department/unit) which define and implement HRH policy in an effective manner. At the same time, different country models exist for building capacity.

Accountability to the public and to partners can be reflected in mechanisms which ensure a sustainable and inclusive policy dialogue...

Collective leadership is expressed through participation and coalition building among stakeholders from various sectors. Through this process, vision, capacity, and accountability can be built collectively.

A conference on Responsible governance for improved human resources for health: making the right choices held in March 2010 provided a platform for the planning of this session.

Towards the end, the audience will have learned about strategies and practices to build leadership at the country level to address HRH challenges. The bottlenecks in strengthening leadership at the country level will also be discussed, as well as appropriate strategies to overcome them.

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