COPASAH GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM 2019 on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health 15 -18 OCTOBER 2019 INDIA HABITAT CENTRE I NEW DELHI INDIA
Leaving No One Behind: Strengthening Community Centred Health Systems for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
SUB-THEMES Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Indigenous and Vulnerable People
Health Care Workers
Private Health Sector Patient Rights
COPASAH, the Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health, is a global network of practitioners sharing a community-centric vision and human rights-based approach to health. Established in 2012 as a bottom-up learning network of individuals, NGOs and academic institutions mostly from the global south, COPASAH works to strengthen the linkages between communities and health systems to provide quality and accountable health care. COPASAH creates spaces where practitioners come together to share, collectively reﬂect on their experiences and think creatively about the social accountability health ﬁeld and its future. Started as a modest network of forty practitioners, today COPASAH has over 345 members and 750 listserv members across diﬀerent regions of the world (see www.copasah.net)
Who are the Practitioners? O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
COPASAH's concept of 'practitioner' includes a wide range of actionstrategists, activists and thinkers, who are engaged with a spectrum of approaches, concepts, and praxis for demanding accountability and advocating for equitable, accessible and aﬀordable health for all. COPASAH believes various accountability-oriented actors, like policy activists, academic institutions, think-tanks, and journalists supportive of COPASAH's approach of bottom-up and community-centred social accountability are all part of practitioner-centric social accountability work.
Why the Global Symposium, Now? O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Since its inception, COPASAH has expanded to various regions, facilitated learning on social accountability, highlighted contextual variables aﬀecting the success and failure of social accountability practice, and highlighted perspectives and action approaches--primarily coming from the Global South--which have made an important contribution to the global accountability ﬁeld.
COPASAH has in the past focused on the social accountability approaches that are “statist,” with an assumption that the state has centralized control over social and economic aﬀairs. Therefore the “old” actors in the accountability ecosystem-elected local and national governments, the WHO, the World Bank, etc. were at the center of the social accountability discourse. But, with the advent of new types of international cooperation and new actors like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, the UN Foundation, etc., the landscape of global health priorities and decision-making rapidly changed, with inevitable impacts on the national health systems, policy-making and service delivery. This evolving context requires new thinking among accountability practitioners. The symposium is an opportunity to reconvene practitioners, take stock of shifting contexts, and think creatively about how to move the social accountability health ﬁeld forward. The symposium's goal is to evolve an action-oriented agenda for practitioners by framing a social accountability strategy for the new era of international cooperation, which includes the expansion of the publicprivate partnerships, securitization of health care, purchase model of Universal Health Coverage, and opportunities like the Sustainable Development Goals. The values framework and assumptions that drive this symposium includes the following: ● Entrenchment of the private sector in the public health decisionmaking, legitimization of private interests in the provision of public good, and global proliferation of public-private partnerships in health require new social accountability thinking. ● “Tweaking at the margins” - e.g., Community Score Cards, Public Tribunals, etc. are important to identify accountability deﬁcits, understand aspirations of the people, and create social pressure. However, there is a need to connect local narratives with the regional global policy-making arena to address structural issues. ● Community monitoring as a social accountability approach has increasingly become instrumentalized as a tool, limiting the social accountability imagination to local and visible accountability problems, without getting into the deeper and structural reasons for accountability deﬁcits.
● Communities are important stakeholders in the conceptualization of social accountability. The disconnect between what communities feel and bear on an everyday basis and the assumptions that drive global health policy dialogues is glaring. Innovative social accountability practices can reduce the gap between the perception and the need. ● Strategic thinking about the social accountability narrative and power cannot be the exclusive realm of the specialists and experts. COPASAH can contribute to creation of accessible action agenda for accountability practitioners for the contemporary accountability challenges. ● COPASAH has legitimacy and recognition among activists, NGOs, and academic institutions as a credible group of social accountability practitioners. It will use its legitimacy in the ﬁeld and its convening power to organize the symposium and bring together diverse voices on social accountability.
Objectives of the Symposium: O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
To facilitate peer learning by showcasing diverse social accountability approaches and practices from diﬀerent parts of the world.
To introduce new paradigms and concepts to social accountability practitioners to help them analyze changes in the political economy of global health decision-making and the increased role of private actors in public health policy-making and its impact on the accountability ecosystem and equity.
To discuss and debate the intersections between bottom-up grounded knowledge on participation and accountability with opportunities like SDGs and changing landscape of global health between concerned stakeholders.
To generate greater conceptual clarity and new insights around the principles and practices of social accountability and community engagement and how these elements could be made integral to strategies for achieving global health goals.
Key Outcomes of the Symposium O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
We believe the symposium will provide strategic, applied, and enabling value to COPASAH as a community of practice. The symposium will assume a place of importance for COPASAH members, communities, and global actors thinking and working on social accountability. A. Strategic value addition--clarity on the strategic context within which COPASAH functions
1. Adapting to changing accountability ecosystems. Contribute to the creation of a contemporary social accountability discourse by aligning social accountability conceptualization and praxis to new accountability challenges as articulated in the rationale and objectives; 2. Developing action agenda. Improved understanding, new strategies, and increased ability to engender accountability of public and private actors in health systems; 3. Agenda-setting- Identifying cutting edge/emerging trends in COPASAH's three main focus areas. Identify knowledge gaps & future research agendas, deﬁned by “action strategists” for health rights, in order to inform social accountability deliberations and co-design of future practical studies with researcher allies
B. Applied value addition--inspiration, connections, and relationships 1.
Alliance building. Networking and relationship building between practitioners of diﬀerent regions.
Addressing marginalization. Voices of marginalized and indigenous peoples will be highlighted in the symposium sessions to improve understanding of diﬀerent contexts of marginalization and accountability deﬁcits around the world.
Contesting ideas. Showcasing the 'state of the social accountability ﬁeld' by providing practitioners an opportunity to share their experiences of working on issues related to participation, social accountability, citizenship and governance.
Enabling value addition-- strengthening support processes of COPASAH Sustainability of COPASAH as a network. Bringing a critical mass of COPASAH members along with potential new members to set a direction for social accountability practice in health sector going forward, and to maintain COPASAH as the key forum and support network.
Sponsorship Opportunities O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
DETAILS AND TARIFF
Early Bird Registration is now Open http://www.copasahglobalsymposium2019.net/registrati on.html
Supporting scholarships (thematic or regional)**
1400 USD per person – It includes: Registration, travel, visa fees, accommodation and taxi pick up and drop.
Organising Satellite session 90 min***
Session tariﬀ varies – for slots with 2000, 2500 and 3000 USD, will have 1,2 & 3 GS registrations free. (Details will be available soon)
In-symposium workshop on a critical theme**** (Only 5 spaces available)
120 minutes session with international participants 10,000 USD
* Sponsor delegates/partners/grantees: Organisations can support collaborators or partners to participate in the program. Budget: Registration fee and accommodation - travel support to the participant. ** The scholarships are provided to practitioners who have been recommended for scholarships by the reviewers of their applications. The applicants are from diﬀerent regions of global south and also are linked to a particular theme of the ﬁve thematic tracks of the symposium.
***Organising Satellite sessions priority themes or geography speciﬁc themes: Organise a region-speciﬁc session on social accountability and support regional delegates to participate in the symposium. ****Organise thematic session on social accountability. Organize session in collaboration with COPASAH, and invite relevant speakers. Budget: USD 10000 and travel support to speakers.
The Organisers and Organising Committee: O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH) Represented by the Steering Committee: Abhijit Das (Centre for Health and Social Justice, India); Renu Khanna (SAHAJ, India); Abhay Shukla (SATHI), India; Mulumba Moses (CEHURD), Uganda; Borjan Pavlovski (ESE), Macedonia; Walter Flores (CEGGS), Guatemala; Ariel Frisancho Arroyyo (CMMB), Peru.
Co-organisers: O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOO
Ÿ People's Health Movement (PHM)
Ÿ Azim Premji University (APU-
Ÿ Accountability Research Center
Ÿ Global Health Justice and
(ARC- Washington DC)
Governance Program (Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)
Ÿ Institute of Development Studies
(IDS- Sussex UK)
Global Organising Committee: O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Ÿ Alicia Yamin, University of
Ÿ Anuradha Joshi, Institute of
Development Studies (IDSSussex UK)
Ÿ Arima Mishra & Shreelata Rao,
Azim Premji University (Bangalore)
Research Center (ARCWashington DC) Ÿ Joy Aceron, GWatch
Ÿ Asha George, School of Public
Health, University of Western Cape
Ÿ Lynn Freedmann & Marta
Schaaf, Global Health Justice and Governance Program , Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Ÿ Avinash Kumar & V R Raman,
WaterAid Ÿ Azra Abdul Cader, ARROW
Ÿ Masuma Madani, Ifakara Health
Ÿ Brendan Halloran, International
Ÿ Michelle Sadler, Univeridad
Adolfo Ibanez, Chile
Ÿ Claudia Lema, Salud Sin Límites
Ÿ Sara Van Bell, Institue of
Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Ÿ David Sanders, People's Health
Ÿ Shereen Essof, Just Associates
Ÿ Aminu Agashe Garba, Africa
Ÿ Susana Barria, Public Services
Health Budget Network, Nigeria Ÿ Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami, Queen
International Ÿ Tracy Woodman, Health
Ÿ Jonathan Fox, Accountability
India Organising Committee: O O O O O O O O O O O OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Ÿ Dalit Human Rights Forum
Ÿ SDF-Scavengers Dignity Forum,
Karnataka; Ÿ Innovative Alliance for Public Health; Ÿ National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights (NAMHHR); Ÿ Public Health Resource Network, Delhi;
South India; Ÿ WNTA-Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, Delhi; Ÿ Centre for Catalyzing Change, Delhi; Ÿ Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, Delhi;
Ÿ Centre for Health and Resource Ÿ
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Management, Patna-Bihar; Centre for Health, Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness, Ahmedabad; Centre for Health and Social Justice, Delhi; Emmanuel Health Association, Dehradun; Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai; Gramya Vikash Mancha, Assam; Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal, Pune; Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan; National Foundation for India, Delhi; Oxfam India, Delhi; Prayas, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan; Right to Food Campaign; SAHAYOG, Lucknow; Sama, Delhi;
Ÿ Samarthan-Centre for
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Development Support, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh; Society for Health Alternatives, Vadodra; Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action, Bangalore; Society for Social Audit Accountability and Transparency, Hyderabad; Society for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives, Pune; Video Volunteers, Goa; Ashavani-Kavita Bhatia; Amar Jesani, Independent Consultant & Researcher; Nobhojit Roy, Independent Researcher
Dr. Dhananjay Kakade Chair – Resource Mobilisation Committee COPASAH Global Symposium 2019 – Secretariat Centre for Health and Social Justice Delhi, India firstname.lastname@example.org