Sharing this new Commentary in BMJ Global Health where we talk about the importance of reflexivity and what it requires in the context of transforming global health: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006825
Harvy Joy Liwanag, MD, MBA, PhD
United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
The UN Think Tank on Global Health
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HIFA profile: Harvy Joy Liwanag is a Postdoctoral Fellow at United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), The UN Think Tank on Global Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Email: hliwanag AT unu.edu
[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Here are the summary points:
- Decolonising global health has gained momentum in recent years and has called for more reflexive individuals.
- However, the call to be reflexive may run the risk of becoming lip service without clarity on what reflexivity requires.
- We diverge from reflexivity’s usual place in qualitative research, bring it closer to individual positionalities and frame it as comprising of: (a) self-understanding; (b) dialogue with peers; and (c) insights-to-action.
- We argue that reflexivity that is either in isolation or without action will not contribute to global health transformation.
- We present insights and action points from our journeys in global health to demonstrate examples of what may emerge from dialogical reflexivity as we have framed it here.
- We call on peers to build a culture of reflexivity by sparking dialogues in their institutions and translating their insights into collective action.]