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Policy Work

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We champion the contribution health workers are making to the development of our societies. Wherever they are, whoever they are.

Our emphasis

  • Thought leadership drawing on the insights we gain through our programme and grants management work. See for example, our guest editorship of a series of articles in the on-line journal Globalization and Health.


  • Positive engagement of the current UK government policy, UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest. For example:
    • Our report In our mutual interest examined the opportunities and challenges associated with the partnership approach
    • In our latest discussion paper, The Transition from Aid, we make the case that the need for UK engagement in middle-income countries (MICs) remains pressing, with commercial opportunities growing as economies do, but with aid still vital in some contexts


Our ambition

We will continue to use our unique positioning to occupy policy spaces that we feel can maximise our impact, especially on UK government policy.

Explore our Policy pages to find out how we support our vision:
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We are pleased to launch our latest discussion paper The Transition from Aid!

In the paper we make the case that for aid to alleviate extreme poverty in the poorest countries, but also to create commercial opportunities in better off countries, it is important to recognise the role of UK engagement with middle-income countries (MICs). In particular, we argue that the UK’s healthcare sector should be seen as a vital component of this revised approach to aid as the economies of MICs continue to grow. The NHS is widely regarded as the UK’s most treasured institution, and yet its potential as a driver of development and commercial exchange between the UK and other countries is under developed.

This paper is primarily intended to stimulate discussion but we also make a number of specific recommendations which we believe have the power to maximise soft power gains, establish the UK as a leader in global workforce development and increase the commercial success of the NHS and wider UK healthcare ecosystem international.

Please click here to read the paper

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Our policy paper In Our Mutual Interest shares the learning acquired by THET over many years working at the heart of the health partnership movement. Examining the opportunities and challenges associated with this approach, this report points to the huge benefit that can be derived by both the UK and our partners and governments overseas when the right balance is struck between our own organisational and national interest, and the interest of people living in some of the world’s poorest countries.