• ACHEST Executive Director Prof Francis Omaswa receiving the Third Hideyo Noguchi Medical Award from Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August 2019ACHEST Executive Director Prof Francis Omaswa receiving the Third Hideyo Noguchi Medical Award from Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August 2019
  • Dr Luis Gomes Sambo the former WHO Regional Director for Africa greets Prof. Odora Hoppers an expert in Indigenous Knowledge as Prof. Francis Omaswa looks onDr Luis Gomes Sambo the former WHO Regional Director for Africa greets Prof. Odora Hoppers an expert in Indigenous Knowledge as Prof. Francis Omaswa looks on
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  • JICA Uganda team visiting ACHEST head office in KampalaJICA Uganda team visiting ACHEST head office in Kampala
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  • Vice President Edward Ssekandi posing with participants of the Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa in July 2019Vice President Edward Ssekandi posing with participants of the Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa in July 2019
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  • Dr Luis Gomes Sambo the former WHO Regional Director for Africa greets Prof. Odora Hoppers an expert in Indigenous Knowledge as Prof. Francis Omaswa looks on
  • ACHEST@10 A decade of Building Capacities and Synergies for African Health HAPPY BIRTHDAY
  • JICA Uganda team visiting ACHEST head office in Kampala
  • Participants at the Lobby and Advocacy meeting in Entebbe
  • Vice President Edward Ssekandi posing with participants of the Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa in July 2019

Welcome to ACHEST

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The African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) is an initiative promoted by a network of African and international leaders in health and development. It is an independent Think Tank and a network.

There is now abundant evidence to show that past and current efforts at identifying and implementing solutions that are handed down from outside and are not rooted in the history and culture of Africa have faced some difficulties.

Ownership of these solutions by African countries and populations has repeatedly failed to take root and as the result such solutions have not achieved their full potential and, in some cases, they have done more harm than good.

At continental and country level, ACHEST aspires to strategically promote and advocate for the use of well grounded knowledge and evidence to strengthen professionals and build institutional capacity that will provide transformational leadership to African communities, countries and the world.

ACHEST applies constructive and targeted strategic communication at all levels to catalyze the needed behavior change that will result in stronger ownership and implementation capacity for proven interventions and better health for Africa's people.

To achieve this, ACHEST will forge strategic alliances and partnerships with individuals and organizations within Africa and around the world.

Dr. David Okello making a presentation to the CSO platform on RMNCAH NDr. David Okello making a presentation to the CSO platform on RMNCAH N

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) must demonstrate relevance and responsibility in their work in order to survive as well as have a lasting impact on society.
This call to action was made by the ACHEST Director of Health Systems Dr. David Okello, while making a presentation on Accountability to the CSO Platform on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) on October 12th, 2021.
Dr Okello started his presentation on accountability as the duty of an organization or individual to be responsible for their actions and accept responsibility for them. He noted that there are different aspects of accountability: Social accountability means that public officials, politicians and service providers are held responsible to the public and service users for their conduct and performance; while CSO accountability is about knowing how your organization is performing and being able to demonstrate this to stakeholders
He noted that CSOs have come to play an important role in society - through the provision of essential services, watchdog functions or in advocating and influencing laws and policies. In various ways, CSOs impact on citizens in profound ways.
However, there is also increasing scrutiny of CSO activities.
“Questions are frequently asked of: where CSOs get their funding from, who they represent, how they make their decisions and what impact they are having. There are concerns about lack of internal democracy and transparency in CSOs; and that they are driven by donor priorities rather than those of poor communities,” observed Dr. Okello
He emphasized the principles of accountability as: openness and information sharing, stakeholder participation, monitoring and evaluating performance, being open to feedback and applying learning in decision making. Governance structures must also be in place, and organizations should ensure that they are legally registered with the appropriate authorities and complies with all relevant national legislation
In his presentation, Dr. Okello also highlighted challenges affecting accountability such as Donor dependency, limited government support or lack of clarity on the role of CSOs, changing regulations, shrinking CSO space, unstable funding and weak capacity of CSOs
In conclusion, Dr. Okello reiterated that “ CSO work is important, but there is a constant pressure to show relevance and value for money. To survive, we must demonstrate relevance, that we are responsible to our stakeholders through our work and being able to demonstrate the impact of our work. A cardinal role of CSO is to have duty bearers held responsible for their action or inaction; and to always strive to inform and inspire others.”
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