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Our vision & strategy

Globally connected health systems research and policy communities contribute to the attainment of better health, equity and well-being.


Support health systems to attain better health, equity, and wellbeing by strengthening health policy and systems research, policy, and practice communities.


Connect and engage researchers, policymakers, health care managers, educators, civil society, the media, and donors from around the world to advance the field of health systems research and create opportunities for unleashing their collective capacity for generating, sharing, and applying knowledge, necessary for health systems strengthening.


HSG is united by a set of distinct values that underpin the pursuit of our specific mission, and also reflect our broader approach to health systems development, and the advancement of health policy and systems research.

HSG fosters equity, diversity and inclusiveness in its membership, organization, and management;

HSG is driven by engagement and participation of its diverse membership;

HSG seeks to be innovative and catalytic, constantly experimenting and learning from its actions;

HSG leads through partnership, working with other international, regional, and national groupings to ensure the relevance of its work to key stakeholders;

HSG values accountability and operates transparently with the highest professional standards.


The Health Systems Global’s Strategic Plan (2016–2020) was developed through extensive consultation with HSG members and stakeholders to guide the society through a phase of consolidation and intensification of activities.

The current phase follows an incipient period (2012–2015) when HSG was established and forged its identity.

The Strategic Plan is intended to guide the society’s decision-making in the following ways:

  • Identify priorities and guide decision-making of the Board of Directors and Secretariat;
  • Provide the basis for detailed implementation planning and scaling up of HSG’s activities; and
  • Provide the basis for determining resource requirements.

The current Strategic Plan has a time horizon to the end of 2020. The development of a new Strategic Plan for 2021–2025 will commence later in 2020.

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