To support case-study on Civil-society Participation in India’s Pandemic Response

World Health Organization in 2021 said the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of social participation in health systems since such participation is critical for fostering trust in the Government, which in turn is key for the effectiveness of the Covid response. Such participation also helps to bridge the gap between policymaker perspectives and the experiences and needs of communities, thereby enhancing the responsiveness of health services. The purpose of the study commissioned by WHO to GRAAM is to understand the status of civil society coalition/network engagement with the health system (especially during Covid-19, and with a particular focus on engagement in shaping policy), and the various forums/types of engagement.


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Project Name To support case-study on Civil-society Participation in India’s Pandemic Response
Project Sanction Date 15 Sep 2022
Project Period Sep 2022 to Feb 2023
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The specific objectives of the study are as follows:

1) Assess the nature of engagement of formal civil society networks/coalitions (that existed prior to the pandemic) with the health system, with particular reference to the engagement in India’s immediate public health response to COVID-19, including proactive engagement taken up by Govt or CSOs

2) Review existing platforms or mechanisms for civil society network/coalition engagement and assess how effective they have been, both before the pandemic and during the pandemic

3) Analyse the specific social, political, economic, and institutional factors that facilitated or hindered meaningful and sustainable engagement by CSOs and CSO coalitions/networks

4) Identify the lessons learned for moving towards a participatory governance approach through systematic and ongoing engagement

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