Aspen Global Health and Development

Breakthrough Solutions

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Achieving Access to Reproductive Health

The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, is comprised of sixteen sitting and former heads of state, high-level policymakers and other leaders who serve as champions to build political leadership for increased financial and technical support for reproductive health. Through their work, the Council is revitalizing global politcal commitment to reproductive health with increased awareness and visibility of the importance of reproductive health globally, as well as more effective donor resources and policies dedicated to reproductive health.

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Bringing Artisan Enterprise to Scale

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was established to support and grow artisan enterprises, provide best practice services to the organizations that support them, and to support the broader recognition of the importance of the artisan sector to development and preservation of cultural heritage.

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Managing Human Resources for Health

Health Worker Migration Initiative identifies and promotes innovative policies to address the growing global challenge of inequitable healthcare access due to the migration of health workers, highlighting promising practices at the global, regional, and country level.

Among these innovations are adoption of policies including ethical codes of conduct and bilateral agreements between source and destination nations where training, technical assistance, development assistance and circular and migration allow a return flow of resources to sending nations with low health worker density.

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New Voices Fellowship

The New Voices Fellowship program, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a new initiative designed to elevate the voices of trail-blazing leaders from the developing world in the discussion of global development.

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Integrating Food Security

Ensuring global food security in the twenty-first century will require innovations in governance and policy that establish means for global populations to build on new combinations of resources, policy, and innovation. The Aspen Institute on Global Food Security aims to establish the links essential to this needed progress. The Aspen Institute will take a 20-30 year view on policy and private sector strategic challenges around four key areas: 1) Population, Health, and Poverty, 2) Science, Technology, and Innovation 3) Environmental Sustainability, and 4) Markets, Trade and Investment.

Creating Tangible Connections for Impact among US Diaspora

The Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora (RAD) program is a collaborative effort between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Aspen Institute that is designing a targeted and coordinated approach to facilitate the strategic investment of financial and human capital from diaspora communities to their countries of origin.

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Past Work

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Removing Barriers to Trade

TransFarm Africa focused on removing barriers to trade, investment and seed systems. TFA applies a demand-driven approach to policy change, beginning with real investments in the "Missing Middle" of African agriculture: the underdeveloped link between Africa's small commercial sector and the vast number of small farmers. A partnership of organizations based and active in sub-Saharan Africa, the United States and Europe, TFA works up and down the "Policy Supply Chain" to improve policies and programs at all levels: local, national, regional and international.

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Supporting Good Governance 

The Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) pioneered an innovative and practice-based model of leadership development to strengthen capacity within ministries of health, MLI assists ministry staff in building political commitment, implementing policy reform, and strengthening health systems to improve the health of the popel in their country. MLI provides ministry leaders with proven models of ministerial-led reform and the evidence necessary to implement changes with significant impact.

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Strengthening Health Systems

Health Systems Strengthening for Equity (HSSE) conducted research with local leading research institutions in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania to develop an evidence base on the role of mid-level providers in maternal and newborn health. HSSE engaged in policy and advocacy activities to catalyze political leadership and policy action to increase the scale and effectiveness of mid-level providers.

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