All Aboard is on the Fast Track! For the last few months, members of the IMAXI Cooperative and over a dozen comrades and colleagues have been collaborating, as volunteers, on an innovative research and development project that we call ‘All Aboard’. It brings together a diverse group of activists, academics and experts to focus on the meaningful participation of marginalised communities and their civil society organisations in the decision-making processes within global health. We want to learn how to arrange a ‘seat at the table’ for those that are excluded today.
The All Aboard research team is conducting a comprehensive study to assess the state of community participation in the governance of key institutions in global health, including the United Nations agencies (WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women) and two major foundations, the Global Fund and Gates. Together, we plan to produce a high quality paper for publication in the prestigious peer-review scholarly journal, Global Health Governance, and towards this, our abstract has been accepted.
Although a little late out of the station, All Aboard is now moving on the fast track. The literature and document reviews are well underway, the (community-made) civil society survey and outreach will be ready to roll next week, and invitations for interviews with the ‘key actors’ in global health are now going out. The time-line is tight, and we’ve a challenge ahead of us during the next seven weeks with the deadline of 1st of June for submitting the paper. We hope that when successfully completed, this evidenced-based research can contribute to advancing, in all of the global health institutions, the right to meaningful participation and accountable representation of those most at risk of “being left behind”.
So forward we go up this fast track, and you are invited to get on board and to participate in this collaboration. From assisting on the research, completing the civil society survey or just promoting it, you’re very welcome on board. Get in touch with us. Importantly, you can also support this initiative by making a donation, enabling us to at least cover the costs of the unemployed folks in our team. We’d be grateful for any assistance that keeps us moving towards the destination: Participation.
More news from along the fast track soon.