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Applying design thinking for collaborative strategic planning in global health partnerships: the Operation Smile experience

Publication Year: 2023
Contributing Organisation: Journal of Global Health Reports
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Learning Themes: Global Health

Power asymmetries between global health actors based in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and those based in High-Income Countries persist. Often actors in low-resource settings are seen solely as implementers of projects designed in High-Income Countries and are often not involved in the decision-making. To tackle the problem of power imbalances, a human-centered framework of design thinking was used for inclusive strategy development. This paper discusses how design thinking was used as a framework for the co-creation of Operation Smile Malawi’s (OSM) long-term strategy in a collaborative environment with in-country and international partners.

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