Organized Session at HSR: Policy dialogue: Sharing experience and evidence to strengthen multisectorality in health systems governance in low and middle income countries.

10 October 2018 - 12 October 2018

The UHC Partnership, in collaboration with the University of Montreal and McGill University, will run an ‘organized session’ during the fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Advancing Health Systems for all in the SDG Era. The symposium will take place in Liverpool on 8-12 October 2018. The time slot for this organized session will be communicated soon.

The aim of the organized session is to raise public awareness of the added value of policy dialogue as a government tool to strengthen multi sectoral collaboration to contribute effectively to the SDGs goals, particularly to SDG 3 target. The UHC Partnership supports policy dialogue, with a view of promoting universal health coverage in more than 35 countries. Currently, a realist research study is under way to better comprehend the role of the partnership in six pilot countries.

The purpose of the session is to:

1. Share lessons learned from the realist research study on policy dialogue on health systems planning and financing, with the view of promoting UHC, and on the support provided by WHO, in the role of the UHC Partnership, to facilitate policy dialogue processes.

2. Mobilize public experiences of participation in policy dialogue.

3. Spark a common reflection on the need of policy dialogue.

At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the multiple definitions of policy dialogue as well as a better understanding of the key challenges and ingredients of a successful process. In addition, this will allow participants to better reflect on the imperative need of engaging in a policy dialogue to support multi sectoral collaboration. These learning will further enable them to better comprehend their role in a policy dialogue, and to participate more actively, more regularly, and more strategically in the future.