Engaging in Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy for Health

Negotiating health in an interdependent world

April 2020

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Multi-stakeholder diplomacy is evolving rapidly, not only as a key cross-cutting strategic component in international relations, but also by the magnitude of actors involved in global health. A range of stakeholders from governments, civil society organisations and the private sector play influential roles at varying stages and levels of global health diplomacy. Pressing health issues can only be addressed and solved collectively with all actors being involved. This complexity requires on the one hand, a thorough analysis and assessment of the interests and needs of each stakeholder, and on the other hand, political leadership and negotiation skills to navigate effectively diverse environments.

who is this programme for


This course is specifically addressed to:

  • Professionals in the private sector, philanthropic organisations, and academia

  • Representatives from international, regional and non-governmental organisations

  • Health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, ministries of foreign affairs, and development cooperation, including diplomats with a portfolio impacting on health


programme highlights


  • Intensive three-day course with renowned faculty and leading practicioners

  • Combine theory and practice through guest lectures, panel discussions, working groups and simulation exercises

  • Meet in the world’s global health capital

  • Led by the Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute


programme content


This course will seek to explain how the many stakeholders interact and manage their roles and responsibilities at various stages of the negotiation processes, and how they balance requirements, expectations and accountability. The course will:

  • Explore the complexities of multi-stakeholder diplomacy and governance for global health in the 21st century

  • Apply a differentiated analysis of actors and their interests on specific thematic issues, such as NCDs, AMR, and UHC

  • Reflect upon the extent to which health can or should be regulated, including a discussion on marketing and regulations in the context of NCDs and digital health

  • Learn from organisations on how they approach multi-stakeholder negotiations in global health, in particular on how they manage conflicts of interests

  • Review the challenges of inter-sectoral integration and multi-stakeholder governance in global health



Up to 30 participants are admitted to the course.



Tuition for attending the full programme is 1,800 Swiss francs. The tuition fee includes teaching costs, course material and the use of Graduate Institute facilities. It does not include travel and accommodation expenses nor travel, health or personal insurances. Participants are advised to contract their own insurance.



Participants are responsible for their own accommodation during the course. Assistance with making hotel arrangements can be provided if requested. Further information is sent to participants upon acceptance to the course. 



Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance from the Graduate Institute. Participants have the possibility to complement the course with a research paper and earn 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

pre-course information


Accepted participants will be provided access to a protected website for more detailed information prior to the course.

the application must include


  • duly-filled application form. Kindly note that all the fields are mandatory.

  • a current CV

speakers for the 2016 edition included


  • Mrs Barbara Bulc, Founder and President, Global Development-Advising the Leaders

  • Dr Emanuele Capobianco, Deputy Executive-Director, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

  • Mr Christian Frutiger, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé S.A

  • Mrs Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner, Office of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights

  • Dr Cornis T. van der Lugt, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, Stellenbosch University Business School

  • Dr Carole Presern, Head of the Office of Board Affairs, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  • Dr Gaudenz Silberschmidt, Director for Partnerships and Non State Actors, Director-General’s Office, World Health Organization

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