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Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health


The COPASAH Global Symposium is woven around the issues of Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in relation to the lives and life-conditions of the marginalized communities. It is designed as a conversation and dialogue between grassroots accountability practitioners and community-centered accountability advocates interfacing with public policy spaces, research and academia, and those engaged with policy-making and policy-implementation. Such conversations are facilitated through formal and informal spaces. The formal spaces include plenaries, thematic and inter-thematic sessions, practitioner huddles and assemblies.

COPASAH Global Symposium 2019 Programme Book Download the Programme Book here

General Information on the Symposium Download the doccument with general information here

Satellite Sessions & Inaugural Assembly: 15 October 2019 Download the schedule of Satellite Sessions & Inaugural Assembly here

Programme: 16 October 2019 Download the programme for 16 Oct here

Programme: 17 October 2019 Download the programme for 17 Oct here

Programme: 18 October 2019 Download the programme for 18 Oct here

Films, Posters & Exhibitions Download the Films, Posters & Exhibitions here

The Plenaries include Inaugural Plenary (15th Oct.), Morning Plenaries which are on specific issues, Evening Plenaries that are designed as learning synthesis of the day and a Closing plenary (18th Oct.). The plenaries are designed to set the framework of the discussions, provide deep insights into various inter-sectional issues related to accountability and raise critical questions for deeper examination of the field of accountability.

Practitioner Huddle
Practitioner Huddle consists of short sessions of 45 minutes on 16 & 18 October 2019, scheduled between 11.00 – 11.45 a.m. It includes moderated discussions on themes such as information communication technologies (ICTs), mental health and social movements in relation to accountability, woven around sharing practice, book release, photo-stories, performances (street theatre), poster-presentations and films.

Thematic Sessions
The thematic sessions are constructed around the five key themes of the Symposium, designed with the key purpose of field-building and facilitating critical discussions. Each theme has three sessions between 1200 - 1330 hours [16,17 & 18 October 2019], one on each day of the Symposium, designed around varied practices of accountability drawn from global south.

There are three workshops between 1200 - 1330 hours [16,17 & 18 October 2019] in the symposium which are of special significance. Two workshops are performance based, one relating to the autonomy and wellbeing of women, and the other designed around the legislative and image theatre. A third session on legal strategies will present the practice of using legal power for social accountability.

Inter-thematic Sessions
The inter-thematic sessions facilitate discussions around critical and intersecting themes and issues that determine the politics of social accountability in its interface with global policies. Twelve such sessions between 1430 - 1600 hours [16,17 & 18 October 2019] in the symposium are around the themes of fiscal governance, determinants of health, governance of for-profit sectors, closing civic space, research and politics of knowledge, funding for social accountability, and accountability related to the issues of sexual reproductive health and persons with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.


  • Regional Assemblies (17 October, 11.00-11.45)
  • Practitioner Assembly (18 October, 14.30-16.00)
The six regional or thematic assemblies and a practitioner assembly are spaces for practitioners and other intellectuals and supporters from research or policy making/implementing institutions to voice out the values, frameworks, challenges towards drafting a global social accountability charter and call for action, demanding health and health care as a fundamental human right. It includes the citizenship right of demanding accountability from various stakeholders in order to strengthen citizenship.

Creative Spaces
Space: Silver Oak – Patio and Theatre
The creative spaces, with all the limitations of the venue, are created to facilitate smooth interactions and exchange among practitioners from various cultures, ethnicities, languages between delegates coming from about 40 countries. Creative spaces primarily include informal spaces (exhibition booths, hangout spaces, accountability practice displayed through posters, songs and performances), films on various themes of social accountability (in Theatre – Kadamba) and personal exchange over lunch and tea. There are about 40 volunteers with 'May I Help You' badges to help these exchanges. There are specially designated 'VOLUNTEER English Hindi Interpreter' and 'VOLUNTEER – English – Espanol' to help practitioners converse between different languages.