Fifth country health teams meeting
Almost 200 participants from 34 countries, 20 development agencies and diverse civil society organisations attended the fifth IHP+ Country Health Teams Meeting, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 2-5 December 2014.
The objective of the meeting was to agree ways in which IHP+ can accelerate better health results through effective development cooperation. The meeting reviewed progress on commitments to effective development cooperation, drawing on the latest monitoring round commissioned by IHP+.
Participants from different country contexts considered what has been achieved so far and identified the priorities for further progress on the seven behaviours of effective cooperation. The meeting also looked forward to identify the likely evolution of development cooperation post 2015 and the priorities for IHP+ partners and the partnership as a whole.
Key messages from the meeting
The results from the 2014 round of IHP+ performance monitoring show that countries continue to make progress on effective cooperation commitments, albeit gradually. On average, the longer a country has been an IHP+ signatory, the better the performance. However, development partners’ use of country financial management systems has declined over the last two years.
The seven behaviours continue to be relevant in a wide variety of situations, including public health emergencies. Approaches need to be adapted to the local environment, for example in fragile states.
Political leadership and action is essential to move this agenda. Since 2012, WHO’s Director General and the World Bank’s President have helped get all major development agencies to agree to a core list of 100 core indicators (down from over 600), in order to streamline global reporting requirements; this is an important step towards easing the reporting burden on countries. Other areas would benefit from similar support.
Priority actions were identified in four areas:
1. Strengthen and use country information and accountability platforms.
2. Strengthen and use country financing and financial management systems.
3. Enhance the value of technical assistance including south-south cooperation.
4. Increase mutual accountability for the seven effective cooperation behaviours.
All IHP+ partners have a role to play in moving forward in these areas. Governments need to identify priorities and develop plans (with partners) for strengthening systems. Development partners need to assess and support these plans in a coordinated way, and be clear about what support they will provide. Civil society has a critical role in holding partners to account.
Day one presentations
Sessoion 2: Progress on effective cooperation: the latest results of IHP+ monitoring
Methodology on IHP+ monitoring
Session 3: Information and accountability platforms: achievements, challenges, and priorities post 2015.
Session 4: Development cooperation in different environments: parallel sessions
4a. Effective development cooperation in a world of targeted funding
4b. Fragile states: what are the priorities for effective cooperation in health
Day two presentations
Session 6: Harmonizing and aligning financial management arrangements: achievements; challenges; priorities post 2015
Session 7: Tools and approaches for effective cooperation: parallel sessions
7a) Experience with joint annual reviews (JAR)
7b) Experience with joint financial management arrangements / assessments
7c) Procurement and supply management: progress, challenges, priorities
7d) South-south cooperation: achievements; challenges; priorities