13 December 2012

“I see IHP+ as a fantastic and unique platform that can rally everyone around aid effectiveness and country policy dialogue,” said Marie Paule Kieny, Assistant-Director General, Health Systems and Innovation, at WHO.

“I see IHP+ as a fantastic and unique platform that can rally everyone around aid effectiveness and country policy dialogue,” said Marie Paule Kieny, Assistant-Director General, Health Systems and Innovation, at WHO.

At the second day of the IHP+ Fourth Country Health Sector Teams meeting, partners from government, development agencies and civil society organisations discussed how to accelerate progress towards meeting the MDGs. “We’re not pointing fingers at countries, we are all in this together. We are all mutually accountable for the results that happen at countries. We are mutually accountable for our commitments to the national plan, and we need to monitor them,” said Finn Schleimann from the World Bank and IHP+ Core Team.

There is new momentum by heads of agencies and commitment to take action based on feedback and recommendations from the meeting. How can agencies rally and align behind developing country efforts? Partners agreed for the need to accelerate aid effectiveness, strengthen mutual accountability and involve as many partners as possible in aid effectiveness processes. It is also important to strengthen the use of country systems, especially procurement and financial systems. Partners discussed the need to increase confidence in national health plans. The success of this depends on a range of things such as leadership, country ownership, reliability of data and involving all partners including development agencies and CSOs in country.

Partners also discussed the importance of strong and influential CSOs. In Nigeria, CSOs worked collectively and used IHP+ Results to influence their parliament. Through dialogue about Nigeria’s Scorecard, they were able to strengthen the budget review process. CSOs in Nigeria are now establishing a CSO database and intend to form a strong coalition. CSOs have now attracted funding from government and partners to strengthen this alliance.

“We need to go from confrontational advocacy to more collaborative advocacy. We need to at the table and promote meaningful engagement. We need to be active in our network and in our platforms. We must stop whispering, we must amplify our voices,” said Lola Dare, a CSO representative from Nigeria.

The IHP+ Fourth Country Health Sector Teams meeting is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, 11-14 December 2012.


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