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Looking Ahead

As the JLN continues to evolve as a unique platform for accelerating UHC, while expanding its membership base and technical offerings, the JLN Steering Group has agreed to develop a longer-term strategic plan that defines the 2022 vision for the JLN. A technical working group on strategic planning is reviewing the network’s global positioning, membership size and growth plan, institutional and financial sustainability and technical areas of focus. 

The JLN experience highlights the successes of collaborative learning and its efficacy in joint problem solving.  In the early days of the JLN, the network focused predominantly on the critical topic of health financing. However, UHC must also ensure that all people receive the necessary health care. Today, the JLN is increasing its focus on the delivery side – how countries can achieve more integrated, people-centered, high- quality systems – with primary health care at the core.

The JLN remains committed to being a country-driven network and open to new member countries that wish to join the growing JLN community. In the next few years, the network will strategically focus on enhancing the quality of the membership experience by investing in supporting country core groups, responsive technical offerings and robust networking opportunities.

With support from new and expanding partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GIZ, Japan, South Korea and USAID, JLN member countries will benefit from a wider portfolio of technical topics for joint learning as they navigate an evolving landscape and emerging challenges back home. A focus going forward will center on building cross-technical knowledge, which has been a key request from members as they encounter interdependencies in the areas of work under different learning collaboratives. 

Equipped with a forward-looking strategy and a community of practitioners committed to solving the most pressing health challenges in their respective countries, the JLN and its 27 member countries will continue to pave the long, but surmountable, road to achieving universal health coverage by 2030 for its three billion citizens.