The COPASAH Global Symposium on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health


The COPASAH Global Symposium on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health: The COPASAH Global Symposium (COPGS) on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health is being organised by Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH). COPASAH is a global community of practitioners who came together in 2011 to learn and share from each other on community led practices around accountability and health governance. In the last few years the Accountability and Governance is being increasingly seen as essential to the fulfilment of the Universal Health Care and Sustainable Development Goal agenda. Members of COPASAH are among the leading practitioners of social accountability and community action in the field of Health and as a group have contributed significantly to the emerging discussions on community-centred and citizen-led processes in the field of health. The COPGS 2019 aims to strengthen the solidarity within the community of practitioners, facilitate conversations between practitioners and other key actors like researchers and development agencies and overall stimulate learning which is driven from practice in the field.

The theme of the COPGS 2019 is Leaving No One Behind: Strengthening Community Centred Health Systems for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The Symposium will be organised between 15th and 18th October 2019 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi – India. It will bring together 500 practitioners from diverse social – cultural contexts including COPASAH members from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Sub Saharan African, Eastern and Southern Asia along with researchers, programme managers, donors and policy makers in the field of public health governance. 

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The Symposium is being organised by COPASAH in collaboration with several global and Indian partners including the People’s Health MovementAzim Premji University – Bengaluru (India)Accountability Research Centre – American University – Washington DC (USA), Institute of Development Studies – Sussex (UK), Global Health Justice and Governance Programme – Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University New York (USA).

The COPASAH Global Symposium 2019 on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health taking place from October 15-18, 2019 in New Delhi will be a ‘practitioner-centred-symposium’. It will focus on sharing and learning from the practice by practitioners of diverse cultural, linguistic, geo-political and national contexts, primarily from the global south. The Programme format of the Symposium aims to facilitate interaction, between practitioners in health; and policy makers, academics, researchers, and other activists on common issues of concern. Some of the formats to stimulate interactions include:

  • Daily plenaries on key intersectional themes
  • Self organised Satellite sessions on accountability and social action in health
  • Thematic curated sessions
  • Participant proposed sessions
  • ‘Learning cohorts’ and Learning synthesis groups to facilitate intersectional synthesis and thematic learning
  • Film shows/ AV demonstrations followed by discussions
  • Skill exchange and learning workshops
  • Curated poster presentation- gallery walk with discussion
  • Cultural expressions and engagements

KEY Dates:

  • 30 April 2019: Announcing Selection
  • 15 October 2019: Satellite session
  • 16 – 18 October 2019: Symposium Event


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