New IHP+ Intensified Action Working Group
Moving IHP+ forward strategically.
A new IHP+ Intensified Action Working Group (IAWG) will propose how to move forward on the strategic directions identified for IHP+; and how to stimulate and enable action by partners on development cooperation in health at country level.
Chaired by Cornelius Oepen from the European Commission, and co-chaired by Guy Tete Benissan, civil society representative from the Network of West African NGO Platforms, the group has representation from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, USAID, the World Bank, WHO, DFID, GIZ and the Government of Senegal.
The group was established following a consultation with IHP+ partners in 2015 about the future of IHP+. The results from the consultation and conversations at the Steering Committee teleconference on 27 March 2015 showed there is consensus on the following strategic directions:
- More intensive work at country level, including:
- implementing IHP+ principles: such as alignment with strong country plans, coordinating technical assistance and mutual accountability
- joint work to strengthen national systems with a view to increase alignment, focusing on three areas: financial management; procurement and supply chains; and monitoring, information and review.
- Broadening the partnership including a wider range of providers of cooperation, such as the BRICS, private foundations and the private sector.
- Maintaining the political profile and increasing the influence of IHP+.
The Steering Committee agreed that a small group – the Intensified Action Working Group - should be established to produce a paper setting out the implications of the key points of the survey on the future of IHP+ and develop practical proposals for how to accelerate implementation at the country level.
Specifically, the working group will:
- Identify how to take forward the strategic directions agreed, and the policy implications for IHP+.
- Identify who should take action (e.g. government, development partners, Core Team), timing, and any costs and implications for the structure, staffing and hosting of the IHP+ Core Team.
- Catalyze work in individual countries to agree on priority areas for cooperation and how to implement these.
This should lead to plans at country level for improving development cooperation on one or more of the seven behaviours. The Working Group will also identify how to follow up implementation at country level and ensure that lessons learned from IHP+ work are documented and shared.
The IAWG has had one conference call and will meet face-to-face on 18-19 June 2015. It is expected to produce a paper on the future strategic direction of IHP+ for the Steering Committee by mid July. Based on the Steering Committees decisions, the Core Team will subsequently develop the IHP+ Work Program for 2016-17.
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