Presence of Leadership and Management in Global Health Programs: Compendium of Case Studies


Presence of Leadership and Management in Global Health Programs: Compendium of Case Studies

Written by:  Dr. E. Anne Peterson, Joseph Dwyer, Myra Howze-Shiplett, Clifford Davison, Kate Wilson, Ekaterina Noykhovich and Elizbeth Howze



The past decade has been one of tremendous interest and support for advancing health on a global scale. Yet, funding is still limited for the scope of global health needs. There is growing awareness that well lead and managed global health solutions are required to achieve effective, efficient and sustainable health programs, especially at the scale needed to attain Millennium Development Goals and other global targets. As former CDC director William H. Foege points out, “lack of management skill appears to be the single most important barrier to improving health throughout the world.” Leadership and management practices create opportunities for improving program performance, strengthening workforce capacity, enhancing connections with target populations, and increasing the ability to respond effectively to change. Further, at a high level, leadership and management are essential to achieve country-ownership goals. The leadership and management capacity within national systems will be a key driver for effectively steering global health development into the future. While there is a strong understanding that good leadership and management are important, the evidence base for this assertion is sparse. The purpose of this project is to review the current evidence of the impact of leadership and management on health and to contribute to that evidence base through a case study series.


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