Global health and domestic policy - What motivated the development of the German Global Health Strategy?

C. Aluttis*, T. Clemens, T. Krafft

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In 2013, the German government published its national Global Health Strategy, outlining principles and focal topics for German engagement in global health. We asked the question of why Germany has decided to establish a national policy framework for global health at this point in time, and how the development process has taken place. The ultimate goal of this study was to achieve better insights into the respective health and foreign policy processes at the national level. This article reports on the results of semi-structured interviews with those actors that were responsible for initiating and drafting the German Global Health Strategy (GGHS). Our study shows that a series of external developments, stakeholders, and advocacy efforts created an environment conducive to the creation of the strategic document. In addition, a number of internal considerations, struggles, and capacities played a decisive role during the development phase of the GGHS. Understanding these factors better can not only provide substantial insights into global health related policy processes in Germany, but also contribute to the general discourse on the role of the nation state in global health governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1156-1168
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Public Health
Issue number9
Early online date26 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Governance for global health
  • global health strategies
  • Germany
  • global health in Europe
  • global health actors

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