It matters because colonialism and coloniality produce unequal and exploitative relationships, as well as culturally-inappropriate and badly-designed health policies and programmes. With some roots in colonial and tropical medicine and in the post-colonial imposition of structural adjustment programmes and donor-driven aid programmes on developing countries, colonial power asymmetries have always been a feature of Global Health. A decolonised Global Health offers a vision of equitable and sustainable development, and good health for all.

Working Across Three Intersecting Dimensions

What are the major power asymmetries within Global Health, and how can we shift power to create more equitable, respectful, and effective partnerships?

Who are the power brokers in global health and what is the impact of their control and dominance over, for example, the World Health Organization, World Bank, Gavi, and Global Fund?

How does the Global Health system contribute to the growing crisis of widening inequality and extreme wealth concentration?

Following the publication of several commentaries and the hosting of various discussions, including a series of Shifting Power dialogues that were co-convened with Wilton Park and Development Reimagined, the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health is now also working on a number of more focused and tangible research initiatives and policy discussions.

Research & Analyses
Commentaries & Op-eds
Discussions & Webinars


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