Changing the way we work together

Welcome to the section of the IHP+ website dedicated to development partners.
We have signposted you to news and events, tools and case studies for different countries, as well as relevant IHP+ documents you might find useful. 

Countries are at the heart of IHP+. Health development partners in IHP+ commit to working with developing countries and with each other in new ways to increase health aid effectiveness and results. Central to this is that development partners commit to greater alignment with one national health strategy or plan. However, changing ways of working is not always easy or quick. In today’s hard economic times, development agencies need to demonstrate value for money and results to their tax payers. IHP+ is open to all development partners.

Development partners can benefit from IHP+ in the following ways. IHP+ :

  • Provides practical ways to put abstract aid principles into practice in health.
  • Is a way to leverage limited resources by contributing to collectively agreed activities. IHP+ tools such as JANS are developed through multi-partner working groups, giving them wide ownership and legitimacy, and so save on transaction costs of developing agency specific tools. 
  • Provides a way to share experience with changing procedures. Some IHP+ development partners are developing ways to simplify and harmonize financial management assessment. Others can also benefit from this work. 

As development partner signatories in IHP+, you also have responsibilities to:

  • Accept national health policies and plans as the basis for providing funding, and avoid new projects that are inconsistent with those
  • Agree and use shared processes and systems to support national health plans at country level
  • Review your policies and procedures at global level to enable better coordinated and longer term support at country level
  • Be accountable for delivering the funding and technical support you commit for health, and report annually on performance at country and global levels.

Agencies are often members of multiple global health initiatives. IHP+ encourages consistent agency messages to different Boards, and is working on topics of shared interest with related partnerships such as the Commission for Information and Accountability and P4H (Providing for Health). 

At the IHP+ meeting in Nairobi, December 2012, participants identified a number of critical areas where international development partners need to change their behaviour in order to accelerate progress on the MDGs. Recent meetings of global health leaders have strongly supported renewed action on these seven behaviours which, if implemented, would bring visible results.

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We will know if we are successful, if our country partners tell us they experience a concrete practical change in the way we do business. And if you do not, country partners, you have to hold us accountable. We will also hold you accountable for delivering on the ground. This is a very exciting time, a moment not to be missed.

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President