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Realist Research workshop in Tunis, Tunisia

From August 29th to September 1st, 2017, lead researchers Emilie Robert and Valéry Ridde conducted a workshop in Tunis with a team of researchers from six African countries, and with a delegation from WHO headquarters and from the Inter-country Support Team West Africa.

The workshop provided feedback on ongoing data collection, and provided further training to researchers on qualitative data analysis using a realist lens.

Learn about the study in our recent Story from the Field.

Financing for UHC: Dr. Agnès Soucat on Devex

“If we want an efficient system that provides services to the poorest and to the most disadvantaged, then public financing is essential – because it is about redistribution, it’s about solidarity […] It’s about the social contract.”

In conversation with Devex, Dr. Agnès Soucat, Director of Health Systems Governance and Financing at WHO, explains why universal health coverage is inherently political.

“Between the availability of funding that the economy of a country could sustain, and the policy that will lead to that funding being pooled into a collective mechanism, through taxation – there is a space for policy, and politics.”

Watch the full video below and read the article in Devex’s Health Horizons series.

UHC Forum Side Event: Bold Moves

Bold Moves: New Ways of Governance and Partnering for UHC
Date: 12 December 2017
Tokyo Prince Hotel, Room: Takasago, 11th floor

Preliminary Agenda


Part One: Bold Moves in Governance

Host: Health Systems Governance Collaborative (in collaboration with UHC Partnership)

Draft Agenda | Download the PDF Document


In the first interactive session of this two-part side event, the spotlight will be on the progress made in the actionable governance agenda at national and subnational levels. The Health Systems Governance Collaborative will present three cases of foundational work in health systems governance as examples of vital work, which is currently undertaken to foster actionable knowledge tailored for driving real progress. The collaboration with the UHC partnership promotes further anchoring of this important governance agenda into the realities of policy dialogue and health systems implementation. The case presentations will be followed by an interactive health systems governance minilab. The outcomes of the deliberations will feed into the #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto.


09:30 – 09:45 Welcome
Bold Moves opening trailer and Introduction of work of Health Systems Governance Collaborative
Maryam Bigdeli, Health Systems Adviser, WHO


09:45 – 10:45 Three Cases Health Systems Governance Foundational work
1. “Governance capacities of MoH, Bold Moves in framing the topic”
Presenter: Kabir Sheikh, Joint Director, Public Health Foundation of India, and Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne

2. “Next steps in the Marshalling Evidence Initiative”
Presentation of some key findings of the initiative, extracted from the four thematic working groups’ research on Accountability, Public Financial Management, Use of Knowledge Policy and Regulation.
Presenter: Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems, USAID

3. “Health Systems Governance: the Trouble with Building Blocks”
Presenter: Seye Abimbola, Public Health Lecturer, University of Sidney


10:45 – 11:45 Governance mini-lab I BOLD MOVES 1 in Health Systems Governance foundational work
Small groups will discuss and extract knowledge from the case studies through the lens of the “actionable governance”
Opening comments: Helen Schneider, Public Health Professor, University of the Western Cape


11:45 – 12:00 Feedback round and input into #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto

For questions and registration to Bold Moves Part one, please contact




Part Two: Bold Moves in Partnering

Host: UHC Partnership (in collaboration with Health Systems Governance Collaborative)

In the second interactive session of this two-part side event, the spotlight will be on creative ways of partnering for UHC. The UHC Partnership will draw on the vast experience of five years of programme implementation to support policy dialogue, with a view of promoting UHC in about 30 countries. One of the partnerships’ objectives is to foster strategic planning and health systems governance, an area in which creative cooperation is sought with the rapidly growing Health Systems Governance Collaborative. In the SDG era, it is critically important to build up MoH capacities and leadership; to be able to convene stakeholders, from other ministries, development partners or private entities, to jointly move the UHC agenda forward. The outcomes of the deliberations will feed into the #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto.


15:00 – 15:15  Opening statement
Bold Moves opening trailer and opening statement
Presenter: Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage, WHO


15:15 – 15:30  UHC Partnership – 5 years of programme implementation
Presentation of the UHC Partnership’s results over the last five years.
Presenter: Denis Porignon, Health Systems Adviser, WHO


15:30 – 16:00 New roles, new collaborations, new partnerships
Seven proposals for novel partnering derived from the UHC Partnership March 2017 Brussels results.
Presenters: Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director of DG DEVCO, European Commission;
David Weaklam, Lead of the Global Health Programme, Irish Aid;
Delanyo Dovlo, Director of Health Systems and Services Cluster, WHO Regional Office for Africa


16:00 – 16:30 Roundtable
Small groups will discuss the following questions:
1. In your country, which capacities need to be strengthened to overcome new challenges in the 21st century?
2. How best to use knowledge to improve technical and institutional capacities?


16:30 – 17:15 Country Panel: Bold moves – creative partnering and how to bring everybody on board
Experience-sharing from representatives of UHC Partnership member countries.
1. What are the key bottlenecks to bring stakeholders around one table and engage into a meaningful policy dialogue?
2. How can UHC2030 and its related networks support countries to convene stakeholders and foster partnering for UHC?
Presenters: Representatives from countries and partners


17:15 – 17:30 Feedback round and input into #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto

For questions and registration to Bold Moves Part two, please contact

In the evening of December 12, the #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto will be produced and put on line!

More information on the UHC Forum side events can be found on this page.