Innovation Fund

Webinar – One Health governance in eastern and southern Africa

ACP Innovation project COHESA will be discussing One Health Governance in Eastern and Southern Africa based on findings from the baseline surveys and NetMappings. 

Join the webinar on 28 June 2024 | 13:00 – 14:00 (CEST)

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A fundamental tenet of One Health is the need to “break the silos” that give rise to ill-informed policies that only consider the needs of humans, animals, agriculture or the environment in isolation, rather than considering benefits and impacts, synergies and consequences for all sectoral, societal and ecosystem needs.

Governance structures determine if policymaking is siloed or uses a joined-up One Health approach. Capacitating One Health in eastern and southern Africa (COHESA), an EU-funded project, is expanding the use of One Health approaches in 12 countries focusing on governance, research and education, knowledge sharing and delivery. Implemented by national partners and supported by ILRI, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications ( ISAAA AfriCenter) and CIRAD, baseline assessments have been conducted in each country to assess their current One Health status. This included mapping institutional relationships and their inclusion in One Health issues.

Join the webinar to:

  • Learn about the different One Health governance structures and approaches in eastern and southern Africa, considering successes and areas of improvement.
  • Discuss the importance of good One Health governance, and how this leads to more efficient implementation of the One Health approach at all levels and to better societal, ecological and economic outcomes.
  • Exchange experiences and ideas about different governance mechanisms and their political economy aspects.
  • Learn about the tools used for the baselines assessment and stakeholder net mapping exercises.


  • Dr Theo Knight-Jones, Principal Scientist at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). COHESA lead.
  • Dr Margaret Karembu, Director of ISAAA Africenter. COHESA co-lead.
  • Bibiana Iraki, Senior Programs Officer at ISAAA Africenter
  • Dr Shauna Richards, Post-Doctoral Fellow at ILRI

The short presentations will be followed by a general discussion where participants can bring in their own experiences and perspectives.