Decolonising Global Health Programme Launch

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2022•09•13    16:00 - 17:30

    With its roots in colonial tropical medicine and then the post-colonial imposition of policies and projects upon developing countries through structural adjustment programmes and donor-driven aid programmes, power asymmetries – leading to unhealthy dependencies, exploitative relationships and culturally inappropriate and badly designed policies and programmes – are a long-standing feature of global health. In recent years, efforts to rebalance these asymmetries have coalesced around calls to decolonise global health.

    As a think tank with a mission to promote the values and principles of the UN Charter and amplify the needs and perspectives of the Global South, the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) views the current interest in decolonisation as a useful catalyst for shifting power and encouraging forms of global health practice that are better tailored to the needs and contexts of LMICs and marginalised population groups everywhere.

    Join us in a discussion about three intersecting dimensions: colonialism within global health; colonisation of global health; and colonialism through global health.



    • Danny D Gotto, Founder & Executive Director of Innovations for Development (I4DEV)
    • Anna Marriott, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Oxfam GB
    • Sabina F Rashid, Professor and Dean of the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC
    • David McCoy, Research Lead, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH
    • (Moderator) Emma Rhule, Senior Researcher, UNU-IIGH


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