HSG is pleased to be recognized as a high performer in leadership and diversity by Global Health 50/50, an independent, evidence-driven initiative to advance action and accountability for gender equality in global health.
In its fifth annual report, ‘Boards for All? A review of power, policy and people on the boards of organizations active in global health’, Global Health 50/50 presents the first-ever analysis of the gender and geography of who governs global health through an analysis of over 2,000 board seats across 146 leading global organisations active in the global health sector, as well as an annual review of the equality- and gender-related policies and practices of 200 global organisations.
- 44% of board seats are held by US nationals alone. Nationals of just two countries – the US and UK – together occupy over half (51%) of all board seats.
- Only 25% of board seats are held by nationals of all low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), despite the fact that these countries are home to 84% of the world’s population.
- Just 17 seats are held by women from low-income countries, equating to less than 1% of board members. This is compared to the 881 seats (44% of all seats) that are held by men from high-income countries.
- No women from low-income countries are present on any private-for-profit boards in the sample, with just one present across the boards of 11 philanthropic funders.
- Among 138 organisations tracked over 5 years by Global Health 50/50, 54 (39%) have had neither a female CEO nor a female board chair in this period.
HSG was categorized as one of 37 “high performers”, placing it in the top 30%. Additionally, the analysis found that 80% of the HSG Board are nationals of low- and middle-income countries and that 53% of the Board are women.
We are proud to be recognized by Global Health 50/50 in its 2022 Report as a high performer in leadership and diversity. HSG strives for gender and geographic diversity in its membership, community leadership and governance, and remains committed to being a part of these efforts to achieve better health for all,” said HSG Board Chair Barbara McPake in response to the findings.