Better Health Governance, Better Health Systems: The Evidence – Home

November 14-15 2017
Kaiser Center for Total Health
700 Second St. NE
Washington, DC 20002


BACKGROUND: In September 2016, USAID’s Office of Health Systems (USAID/GH/OHS), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project launched an initiative to ‘Marshall the Evidence’ on how governance contributes to health system performance and improves health outcomes.  Four thematic working groups (TWG) were formed to consolidate evidence by conducting literature reviews from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in four areas: Accountability, Policy and Regulation, Public Financial Management (PFM), and the Use of Knowledge in Health Systems (UKHS).

PURPOSE: The purpose is to increase awareness and understanding of the evidence of what works and why and how governance contributes to health system performance. This also provides an opportunity to explore the practical implications for policy makers, managers, and donors in country.


  • Share and discuss the latest knowledge of how strengthening governance can lead to improved health system performance and health outcomes in four areas: accountability, public financial management, policy and regulation, and use of knowledge in health systems
  • Explore how field experience and findings from research can be linked to expansion of interventions to strengthen health governance and its contribution to health outcomes
  • Communicate the key messages from these efforts to build a momentum to improve health through stronger health governance


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