The International Women’s Health Coalition has welcomed U.S. government efforts to promote country ownership and involvement of civil society in development initiatives particularly through the Global Health Initiative and the draft rewrite of the U.S. foreign aid statute.
“These are proven strategies that have the potential to decrease global dependency on foreign assistance while achieving better, more equitable health outcomes and greater empowerment of people everywhere,” according to the group’s guest blog post published in the website of reform coalition Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network.
Engaging civil society can create a political base for the “most strategic choices” and “effective outcomes,” the health coalition argues. Community-based civil society participation also helps to identify “best practices” that suit a specific community.
Meanwhile, the group notes that country ownership on areas such as health and rights of citizens will foster stronger governance and, eventually, more independent and prosperous countries.
“Meaningful civil society engagement, coupled with significant government investments, will lead to the creation and maintenance of the infrastructure and resources needed to respond to the needs of citizens. Truly, this foreign assistance philosophy will reduce the need for foreign assistance and lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world for all, including the American people,” the health coalition concludes.