Multisector Engagement for Sustainable Health (MESH) – Galvanizing the global NCD response through multisector engagement and innovative financing approaches

Meeting Organizer

Prince Mahidol Award Conference

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard School of Public Health

Contact Person : Scott Ratzan,

30 January 2019
09:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 13

Open to All Participants


Inspired by the mandate for multisector partnerships under SDG17 and called to action by the looming financial gap for SDG3, a small team at Harvard, backed by a larger group of global advisors, has embarked on developing MESH – short for Multisector Engagement for Sustainable Health. MESH is built on the principle that concerted action across sectors is necessary to achieve the 2030 health agenda. MESH is a collaboration of scholars from the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


The focus of this side event will be to galvanize innovative health financing and its application to solve both the national and donor NCD funding crisis. The objectives include clarifying the guiding principles for MESH (see below) and their applications to the blended/innovative financing space, presenting the economic motivation to garner multisector support for greater NCD financing along with exigencies to investigate non-traditional financing sources, stimulating discussion around how to address the global NCD financing gap, by presentations from UN agency experts, NGOs, financing experts, donors, country governments, and other relevant stakeholders, and engaging in an interactive roundtable to further develop an innovative financing NCD task force to offer ideas, research and scaling opportunities through an innovative financing hub and/or expert advisory catalytic consortium for a proposed NCD Multi Donor Trust Fund and other applicable global financing initiatives. The guiding principles for MESH are as follows: 1) Mission: Agree on shared mission and goals in alignment with targets identified in health-related SDG targets. 2) Interests: Ensure alignment of interests related to the SDG target(s) including identification and management of actual or potential conflicts of interests. 3) Legitimacy: Establish credibility and strengthen coordination with key actors. 4) Resources: Clarify contributions with financial, technical and in-kind support with each parties’ contribution. 5) Governance: Commit to ethical communication with transparent, accountable, and just systems. 6) Measurement and evaluation: Create an evaluation plan with adequate support and independence to report progress on key metrics internally and externally. 7) Sustainability: Advance long-term stewardship for sustainable social impact through partnership structure and terms of collaboration. For further information and details, visit