Global Health

Health, mainly infectious diseases preparedness and response as well as development of resilient health systems, is increasingly becoming the subject of foreign and security policy. For decades, development policy has traditionally been concerned with promoting health in other countries as well as at the international level.

The SWP aims at strengthening health issues in the international, development and security policy debate in Germany and has therefore initiated a three-year research project “Challenges and opportunities for German global health and development policy for achieving health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs)”. The research project focuses on several areas: the analysis of global, regional and national challenges as well as synergies between relevant concepts and policy fields. First, we analyse the requirements and performance of the current global health order. Second, we will identify challenges and opportunities for action at regional and national level. Within the framework of the project, the role of the European Union (EU) as well as specific country examples will be examined in more detail. Finally, the project focuses on synergies. At the conceptual level, we will examine synergies between concepts such as global health, security, political stability and the right to health. With regard to different policy areas, we will address interfaces and connections between policy fields such as security, foreign policy, development or climate policy and health policy.

The goal of this project is to develop policy-relevant recommendations for German and global health policy in line with the health in all policies-approach. Therefore, we will provide a platform for policy dialogues with relevant national and international stakeholders.

With this research project, the SWP aims to contribute to a coherent and sustainable German global health policy. The project is conducted within SWP’s Global Issues Division.

The project is funded by the The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Global health policy

Maike Voss

Project supervisor

Daniel Gulati

Project associate

Susan Bergner

Project associate

Isabell Kump

Research Assistant


Daniel Gulati, Maike Voss

Health and Security

Why the Containment of Infectious Diseases Alone Is Not Enough

SWP Comment 2019/C 32, August 2019, 4 Pages


Judith Vorrath, Maike Voss

The Hidden Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

Developing Countries Are Most Affected by the Illegal Trade

SWP Comment 2019/C 25, May 2019, 4 Pages


Martin Keim, Maria Pastukhova, Maike Voss, Kirsten Westphal

The Link Between Healthcare and Energy Supply

How Joined-up Thinking Can Lead to More Synergies Between the Two Policy Fields

SWP Comment 2019/C 14, March 2019, 7 Pages



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