The Foundation will hold a learning exchange between its partners delivering projects on health policy and equity in health service provision across a number of Commonwealth countries. Partners will share knowledge and expertise to unpick some of the challenges of holding governments to account on health rights and to explore what works and can be improved in health policy and accountability processes in different contexts.
Equal access to health is a critical issue for the sustainable development of communities and nations, an important component of Agenda 2030 and a key social justice indicator.
The objectives of the three-day learning exchange are:
1) Share knowledge and expertise between health rights projects and partners from at least eight Commonwealth countries
2) Identify good practices in people’s participation in governance in the health sector covering the following areas:
3) Document good practices in strengthening civic voices to engage in governance in the health sector from the content of the exchange
• Preparation of a short paper on good practices in strengthening civic voices to engage in governance in the health sector
• Identify other potential knowledge and communication materials
• Identify mechanism(s) to promote continued exchanges among partners, potentially using the Foundation’s knowledge hub
Key issues to be addressed
• Intersecting inequalities in health service delivery and governance
• Current challenges in health policy – outdated legislation; inter-sectoral policy considerations, universal health coverage
• Challenges of linking civic-voice accountability mechanisms and governance institutions
• How do global processes and agreements influence national policy and local implementation?
• Different civic-voice accountability mechanisms and conditions for their effectiveness – case studies from projects/partner experience
• Public awareness and communications to shape public discourse and opinion in support of tackling stigma and more accountable and inclusive health services.
Our work both on translation and in original languages strives to increase the visibility and spread of literatures. English as a global phenomenon creates opportunities; nonetheless, South and Southeast Asian creative works are rarely translated, either between regional (indigenous, or longstanding) languages, or into bridge languages.
On Saturday 9 March, Commonwealth Writers will host a Conversation on the legacy of indenture in contemporary times in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Conversation will feature two writers from We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture, a collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Aneeta Sundararaj from Kuala Lumpur and Gitan Djeli from Mauritius, will read from their pieces. Dr Michael Jeyakumar, a former MP and an expert on the history of the Tamil community in Malaysia, will also sit on the panel and the conversation will be chaired by Chee Yoke Ling, lawyer and Director of Third World Network in Malaysia.
The conversation will finish with performance poetry by Melizarani T. Selva who has been commissioned to write a new poem especially for the event, around the themes discussed.
In March 2019, Commonwealth Writers is convening a Translation Symposium in Penang, Malaysia, exploring literary translation in South and Southeast Asia. On Thursday 7 March, there will be a Commonwealth Writers Conversation on the themes discussed in the Symposium.
Penang-based writers, translators and others interested in translation and the literatures from South and Southeast Asia are invited to join this Conversation.
The speakers will discuss the barriers to literary translation in the region and the imbalances arising from the relative lack of such translation; the global dominance of English and its implications; and the moral and ethical responsibilities of translators. The evening will also feature poetry readings in various languages.