Amplifying the voices of the Global South

Amplifying the voices of the Global South

Amplifying the voices of the Global South

Date: September 22 2021

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This webinar aims to deconstruct decolonisation and have a conversation about:

a. What decolonisation actually means across disciplines, sectors and geographies; at the moment, incentives are organised to who you are, where you publish, and who with – – how do we change that?
b. The incentives between research development and evidence use are not aligned: how do we promote this change in a way that is incremental (and therefore sustainable)?
c. Capacity building: should we promote capacity sharing instead ? What are the things to share? Who needs to change and how?



Dr Seye Abimbola
Seye Abimbola is a health systems researcher who studies community engagement in governance, decentralised governance, and the role of governance in the adoption and scale up of health system innovations. He is the current (2020-22) Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, a senior lecturer in global health at the University of Sydney in Australia, and the editor in chief of BMJ Global Health.
photo of Professor Rehman SobhanProfessor Rehman Sobhan
Professor Rehman Sobhan has served as a Professor of Economics, Dhaka University, Member, Bangladesh Planning Commission, Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Founder and Executive Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Executive Director, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and is currently Chairman, CPD. In 1991 he served as a member of the first Caretaker government headed by President Shahabuddin Ahmed. He was actively associated with the Bengali nationalist movement in the 1960s and the Bangladesh liberation struggle in 1971 and has been awarded the Shadinata Purushker, the nation’s highest civilian award. He has published extensively on subjects relating to the political economy of development, foreign aid, petropolitics, agrarian reform, regional cooperation in South Asia, democracy and governance.
Dr Sapna Desai
Sapna Desai is an Associate with the Population Council, New Delhi, where her work focuses on women’s health, community-based interventions and health systems. She is involved with several initiatives with women’s groups, including co-leading the global Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups. She previously was national health coordinator at the Self-Employed Women’s Association, India’s largest organisation of women workers in the informal economy. She is a trustee of Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. Sapna holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and MS from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Johannah Keikelame is a retired senior lecturer from the University of Cape Town. She received her PhD in Psychology at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town. Her manuscript-style thesis highlighted health systems factors affecting the treatment and care of people with epilepsy. She also reflects on lessons that she learned from challenges that she faced during her fieldwork- such as issues of reciprocity, language, power, and trust and how these can contribute to methodological literature. She is a qualitative researcher and holds a master’s degree in Education Support, and a bachelor’s and honours degree in Social Science.



Chair of CEDIL Advisory Board
Dr David S Ameyaw is the President and CEO of ICED based in Nairobi and team leader. David has over 25 years of experience in leadership and practical experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and learning. He has served as the Head of Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation at The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also served as the Senior Director for Monitoring and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Washington DC, as well as the Director for Monitoring and Evaluation and Acting Director and Food Security Specialist for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland, US. He is a Board Member of the Agriculture Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), and a member of the Board of Directors of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access that operates in support of the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security.

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