Governing multisectoral action for health in low-income and middle-income countries

Meeting Organizer

International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Thailand

Sara Bennett, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Contact Person : sara bennett,

30 January 2019
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 12

Open to All Participants


Multisectoral action is key to addressing many pressing global health challenges (including NCDs) and critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, but to-date, understanding about how best to promote and support multisectoral action for health is relatively limited. The challenges to multisectoral action may be more acute in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) where institutions are frequently weak, and fragmentation, even within the health sector, can undermine coordination. This satellite session, linked to a recently published journal supplement ( ) addresses the importance of governance in addressing challenges to multisectoral action. In particular discussions will focus upon the importance of high level political commitment; the incentives for competition versus collaboration between bureaucratic agencies, alternative governance mechanisms that can strengthen collaborations across agencies, and the extent to which there is common understanding across different sectors actors about the problem. We will seek to draw upon theories from relevant social sciences (for example, public administration, political economy, health systems governance) to both unpack the problem and strategize about how to proceed.


- To review the landscape in terms of current research and practices in the governance of multisectoral action for health in low and middle income countries; - To strategize about how best to address governance challenges for multisectoral action, from the perspective of policy-makers, practitioners and researchers; - To begin to build a community of practice engaged in action and analysis on the governance of multisectoral action for health.