Shifting Power in Global Health: Decolonising Discourses — Dialogue 1

UNU-IIGH ed. Shifting Power in Global Health: Decolonising Discourses — Dialogue 1 2021/11/02 Virtual. Kuala Lumpur, malaysia: UNU-IIGH, 2021.

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    Author UNU-IIGH
    Title of Event Shifting Power in Global Health: Decolonising Discourses — Dialogue 1
    Date of Event 2021/11/02
    Place of Event Virtual
    Organizer UNU-IIGH
    Wilton Park
    Development Reimagined
    Publication Date 2021-11-02
    Place of Publication Kuala Lumpur, malaysia
    Publisher UNU-IIGH
    Pages 16
    Language eng
    Abstract The first virtual discussion in the series on “Shifting power in global health”, co-convened by the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Wilton Park, and Development Reimagined, took place at a time of increasing and continuing calls for a reassessment of global health and recognition of its colonial heritage. This first dialogue began to articulate the ideas and visions of different groups for what a decolonised global health looks like and identify points of convergence. There is not a single definition or movement to decolonise global health. Different cultural, geographical and historical nuances need to be taken into account. Given the diversity and plurality of decolonising movements, reasoned disagreement should be the aim. Reasoned disagreement will enable those working on decolonising global health to understand each other and develop core goals or principles for moving forward. Decolonising global health is not a synonym for a range of other initiatives such as social justice, diversity and inclusion, anti-racism, health equity and health equality. Although crucial and connected, conflating the movement with a range of other initiatives risks diluting its key focus on the enduring legacies of colonialism as a specific structural determinant of inequity. Understanding the issues around decoloniality and the epistemology of knowledge sources is the first step to decolonising global health. By distinguishing between coloniality and decolonisation, the top-down matrices of knowledge, power, and control can be challenged.
    Keyword Decolonisation
    Global health
    Global south
    Copyright Holder UNU-IIGH
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
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