State Agency and Global Health Governance: The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative

Kristin Ingstad Sandberg, Miriam Faid, and Steinar Andresen

Global health governance has been a budding academic field for the last decade and can benefit from utilizing political science perspectives in building a body of knowledge through empirical research. This approach has been applied in this study of the Global Health Initiative, also known as the Oslo Ministerial Group, a club of seven countries who in 2006 decided to jointly advance the issue of health as foreign policy. Our data suggests that it has proven to be a resilient group. The data brought forth three factors that seem to have worked as enablers in strengthening its role and impact, namely by bridging global arenas, supporting negotiation processes and influencing national policy arenas. Our findings suggest that the Initiative scores are somewhat higher on the first two factors than the third.