Promoting Good Governance in Health Systems through Capacity Strengthening

Project Description

Corruption is a threat to good governance in countries around the world. It can undermine effective service delivery and has an especially detrimental impact on the poor. Better governance in the health sector could have a major impact on health and development. Yet, often people are uncertain how to integrate anticorruption approaches into ongoing health sector strengthening activities. Effective implementation of anticorruption strategies in the health sector requires more opportunities for leaders and managers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to analyze problems and develop solutions.

To this end, CGHD personnel have designed curricula for several types of anticorruption and health training programs, including a 15-hour, introductory training program for experienced professionals; a 20-hour pre-service training program for MPH students; and a 3-week online training program. Through the workshops, participants gain a sense of the causes and consequences of corruption, insights into relationships among factors such as knowledge, attitudes, discretion of government agents, and transparency of institutions. This knowledge is needed to predict corruption and to identify ways to reduce risks. Finally, participants learn how to identify and analyze problems in context, and to design interventions.

Anticorruption and health professional training workshops have been held in Armenia, Belgium, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. More than 180 participants have attended including European and U.S. development agency staff, representatives of civil society organizations, and developing country government officials.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Taryn Vian
  • U4 Anticorruption Resource Center, Norway
Country(ies) Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Belgium
Dates of Research 2008 – 2011