Health Politics in an Interconnected World

The 13th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality, December 1 – 5, 2010

How can national governments and international agencies respond to global challenges of health and social well being? Despite the fact that health has improved during the last century in many parts of the world health levels are stagnant and even declining due to new forms of poverty, environmental problems or political instability. This does not only effect populations in developing countries and emerging markets but as well growing numbers of marginalized groups in the industrialized world. Here demographic aging and rising health care costs threaten national pension funds and health care insurance systems. These forces render any clear-cut distinction between “developed” and “developing” worlds obsolete, and will affect the health of people throughout the twenty-first century. The workshops focused on the production of evidence, on negotiating access to health care and on new forms of incorporating politics of locality in national and international health care regimes.

For further information, please see the Background Paper.

Berlin Roundtables

Based on an international essay competition, 45 applicants were selected to discuss their research and ideas with prominent scholars at one of Europe's leading research institutions. For a full list of the participants and presentations please visit the individual workshop sites.

Evening Lectures

The conference was accompanied by two evening lectures:
Helen Epstein (Journalist and Consultant)
"50 Years of Malaria"

Thomas Pogge (Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University)
“The Health Impact Fund: A Solution towards Global Health?”

For further information, please see the invitation.

Irmgard Coninx Research Grant

A jury awarded one three three-month fellowship among the workshop participants to be used for research and academic networking in Berlin at the WZB. The grant includes a monthly stipend of 1,000 Euro plus accommodation in Berlin.

The jury consisted of the workshop chairs, members of the Foundation and Prof. Dr. Ursula Marsch-Ziegler (Prof. em. of Internal Medicine, Free University Berlin).

For further information on the grant recipient, please visit Grant Winner.