Cross-Cutting Initiatives / Global Partnerships
The Capacity Project took a leadership role in enriching the global human resources for health (HRH) dialogue and the
related research, innovation and new technologies required to establish an evidence base
for expanded work. Global partnerships were a key component in the Projectâ€™s success,
both in engaging the global community in a nascent area that has become a high-priority
issue, moving global and country-level action planning forward, gaining access to key
decision-makers and successfully leveraging significant funds and human resources.
The Project fostered collaborative global partnerships for three strategic purposes:
- Reaching out to other global, regional and national entities to learn what was being
planned and implemented so as to avoid duplication of efforts or unnecessary confusion
in HRH approaches and application of tools
- Bringing greater synergy to resolving complex problems
- Strengthening HRH initiatives through effective knowledge sharing at all levelsâ€”globally,
regionally and nationally.
Major results areas included the HRH Action Framework (HAF) and the HRH Action Workshops.
- Global partnering is essential because the magnitude and complexity of
HRH challenges require multi-institutional and cross-sectoral collaboration
and information-sharing. This means HRH leaders and practitioners must
think and intervene more holistically, transcend traditional organizational
boundaries and actively contribute to global, regional and country alliances
as everyday aspects of HRH work. Almost all of the Capacity Projectâ€™s long-term
initiatives were done in partnership, either at the global or local level.
- The HAF is a very powerful tool to help countries plan and intervene to address
HRH challenges. It is important to stress that this type of resource could not
have been developed by one organization acting alone. Collaboration produces
a better product, and the act of collaboration means that it is far more likely to
be adopted and used by a broad array of partners and leaders at all levels.
- Building networks of HR professionals is a very important component in creating
a critical mass of HRH champions at the regional and country level. The HRH
Action Workshops helped in this process, and must be supplemented by followup
support to make the work sustainable. In countries where the Project had
a presence, this support was available and the results more identifiable.
- Donor leadership sets an important tone in promoting global partnerships, and
USAIDâ€™s support for the Projectâ€™s global and regional partnering efforts proved
instrumental in their success.
Learn more about the Project's global partnerships results.
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