Dialogical reflexivity towards collective action to transform global health

24 August, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

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

Thank you.

Harvy Joy Liwanag, MD, MBA, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

The UN Think Tank on Global Health

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Email: hliwanag@unu.edu

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.]