Workshops come and go, and often are just something you do—both for presenters and attendees. But for members of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Health Services Costing Collaborative Core Working Group (CWG), which held its third meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, September 18-20, 2013, the workshops are part of something much greater—true collaboration.
The JLN Costing CWG is a tightly knit group of individuals—from seven countries (Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Vietnam), AusAid, the Results for Development Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Bank—that genuinely enjoys working together and learning from each other. However, building this type of partnership did not happen over night, and certainly is not the result of good luck. It took three strategic ingredients to make this type of collaboration a success: connection to real work, a predefined and coalescing goal, and facilitation.