The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is moving into its next phase of implementation with the launch of its vision and strategy for the next five years. The 2018-2022 strategy and vision underpin the JLN’s transition from a developing learning platform to an established community of practitioners – with an expanding focus on the application of global knowledge to accelerate UHC.
Since its inception in 2010, the JLN has come a long way. Starting out with six founding countries, the network has grown to a thriving membership of 31 countries as of today, with 17 of them full members. These members are increasingly engaging with the community to not only learn from each other but also to co-develop, adapt, and apply global knowledge in their own countries – fulfilling the mission of the JLN to drive country progress toward UHC.
The journey over the past eight years entailed focusing on innovating practitioner-to-practitioner joint learning while fostering a country-driven, country-led model of governance to ensure the JLN’s technical learning agenda is aligned with the priorities of its member countries.
Over the period, the JLN produced over 60 global public goods – 20 that were co-produced by member countries through the JLN’s innovative joint learning approach. At least 18 countries have adapted and used JLN knowledge and products to accelerate progress toward UHC.
Going forward, the JLN’s 2018-2022 Vision and Strategy will guide the next phase of the JLN, as collectively envisioned by the member countries. Developed by a working group of country members from the JLN Steering Group and shaped by inputs from all the members of the network, the JLN Strategy prioritizes the following goals:
- Strengthen the JLN’s role in the global UHC space as a leading source of action-oriented knowledge on how to implement UHC
- Maintain alignment of the network’s technical topics for joint learning with the demand of its member countries
- Foster partnerships to support technical priorities and promote institutional and financial sustainability of the network
To meet these strategic goals, the JLN has adapted its administration model to allow for increased support for country adaptation and application of JLN tools and knowledge, and a stronger fundraising capacity.
In the new network administration model, the roles of ACCESS Health, Results for Development (R4D) and the World Bank – co-founders and key partners in the development, coordination, and facilitation of the JLN since its inception – will evolve. Continuing as core partners of the JLN, their roles will focus on technical facilitation and innovative joint learning approaches, with an increased ability to respond to the network’s expanding technical priorities. In addition, the World Bank will enhance its role of supporting country members to effectively participate in the JLN and to translate JLN learning to the country context.
The JLN also welcomes a new partner, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to support its network management. Selected as the JLN Network Manager by the Steering Group, MSH is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization with more than 45 years of experience in partnering with countries to build stronger health systems.
With a 2018-2022 strategy and an adapted administration framework in place, the JLN is positioned for an exciting next five years to further evolve as the leading global platform for actionable UHC knowledge.