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Government partnerships are essential for many solutions in low-resource settings to reach sustained impact at scale. Social impact organizations and funders recognize this and develop solutions with the intent of scaling up with government. Yet extensive consultations reveal that stakeholders do not always operate from the same viewpoint, and government perspectives can be diluted or lost.

During this digital event, government officials shared practical, actionable guidance to help others navigate the process of ensuring solutions are effectively integrated into the public sector. The session is meant to inform a journey of government adoption of innovations outlining key stages and indicators of progress along the way. Future conversations will layer in perspectives of additional government stakeholders, funders and the organizations developing and implementing solutions. Together, we hope to provide a tool all stakeholders can use to increase the likelihood that innovations will achieve sustained impact at scale.

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The Speakers


Raj Kumar

President and Editor-in-Chief
Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.

Dr. Martina Lukong Baye, MD, MPH

Cameroon Ministry of Public Health

Dr. Baye coordinates the National Multisector Program to Combat Maternal, Newborn & Child Mortality in Cameroon. She has worked for more than 20 years in the field including working with institutional funders, foundations and NGOs to scale solutions throughout the country. This includes helping lead a $2.8M outcomes-based Development Impact Bond to implement Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in Cameroon’s hospitals. Martina has served as the Head of Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Director of Family Health, Director of International Cooperation and Technical Adviser to the Minister of Health. During her tenure as Technical Advisor she represented Cameroon for three years (2011-2014) in the World Health Organization Executive Board. She received her MD from the University Centre for Health Sciences Cameroon an Master of Public Health (MPH) diploma from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp-Belgium.

Dr. Daniel Gebre-Michael Burssa, MD, MPH

Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health
Dr. Gebre-Michael serves as Chief of Staff, State Minister’s Office for the Federal Ministry of Health and previously worked as Director General of Medical Service General Directorate and advisor to the Minister of Health. He has deep experience working at the intersection of government, funders and NGOs. Recent work includes helping pioneer the initiative Saving Lives through Safe Surgery (SaLTS), which is designed to improve access to safe, essential and emergency surgical and anesthesia care across all levels of the healthcare system. Dr. Gebre-Michael also served as Director General of the National Blood Bank Service of Ethiopia. A medical doctor by training with a Master’s in Public Health, Dr. Gebre-Michael is the current board chairman of the Ethiopian Eye Bank and the Vice Chairman of the Ethiopian Hemophilia Society.

Mugisha Joram Patrick

Uganda Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation
Joram Patrick Mugisha (Moogy) serves as the Assistant Commissioner, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management in the Uganda Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. He has worked for ten years in translational research and development within the academia and industry ecosystem and five years in innovation and intellectual property management. His passion is to effectively promote the effective use of intellectual property in science, technology and innovation as a vehicle for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. Moogy is a YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Centre Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Chemistry (Hons) from Makerere University, an MSc in Synthetic Organic Chemistry Research from University of Southampton-UK and a Master in Intellectual Property (MIP) from Africa University Mutare-Zimbabwe.

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