The 2022 Global Health 50/50 Report: Boards For All? takes an in-depth look at power and privilege by examining who governs global health. For the first time, the report assesses the demographics of every board member of the most influential organisations active in global health, which includes 1,946 individuals holding 2,014 board seats across 146 organisations.
The report finds that in the corridors of power and the rules determining who is given a platform to govern, considerations of gender and diversity are all too often lacking. Just 17 of the over 2,000 global health board seats are occupied by women nationals of low-income countries. Meanwhile, a quarter of board members are men from the United States. Despite these inequities, only 12% of boards in our sample have published affirmative measures to promote women’s participation and only 6% have published policies to address geographic imbalances.
To gain insight into the boardroom, GH5050 spoke to several board members from low- and middle-income countries and from representatives of organisations active in global health. As the many voices in the videos below attest, fostering diverse and inclusive governance spaces is possible through committed leadership, deliberate policy, and sustained action and accountability.
Chairperson of International Planned Parenthood Federation
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Board member of Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Professor in Global Health Policy & Equity at University of Essex; Board of trustees for Health Poverty Action
Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center; Board member of Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Director of Development Policy and Head of the Malawi office of the African Institute for Development Policy; Board member of Population Council and Trustee of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Program Head of Health Systems and Equity at the George Institute for Global Health; Board member of Health Systems Global
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)