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Seconding as a Capacity Development Tool for Global Health: Lessons from the Field
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Author(s): Ann Hendrix-Jenkins, Nancy Yinger, Himani Sethi, Rakesh Kumar Srivastava, Barwani Msiska, Erin McGinn, Lauren Archer, and Kathleen Sears

Primary Language: English

Date: 6/30/2015


In this brief, the Health Policy Project (HPP) draws on experiences seconding staff to government institutions in India, Malawi and Afghanistan. HPP offers insights and practical guidance for maximizing the capacity development potential of this often used but underdeveloped approach. In addition to the brief case studies, objectives and compelling rationales for seconding are described, as well as nine practical recommendations for making secondments work. Although this brief focuses on global health experiences, the objectives and recommendations can be applied in any sector.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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