23 November 2015

IHP+ signatories are invited to participate in the new round of monitoring commitments to effective development cooperation in health, which will take place in 2016.

New mutual accountability monitoring round 2016

Information for IHP+ signatory countries

We invite you to participate in IHP+’s fifth round of monitoring commitments to effective development cooperation in health. Please send your responses by 18 December 2015.

Since the last round of monitoring in 2014, which was presented and discussed at the 5th Country Health Teams meeting in Siem Reap (Dec 2014), we have made important changes to this round of monitoring to:

1. Reinforce links with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC)

2. Improve the usefulness of the data that is collected, in terms of facilitating discussions and decisions on how to improve effective development cooperation in each participating country

3. Increase the focus on establishing sustainable mutual accountability mechanisms at country level, building on experience from the 2014 monitoring process, and thereby strengthening domestic accountability for results.

We believe that this changed approach will make the exercise even more relevant for participating countries and result in real changes.

In addition the results from the country surveys and processes will be a key input into a global report on Effective Development Cooperation in Health. The other input to this report will be a survey of development partner policies and practices, so we can better understand constraints to progress that have been highlighted in previous IHP+ monitoring. 

We aim to have findings ready for discussion in the last quarter of 2016. 

Decision to participate by 18 December 2015

We hereby ask countries to decide on whether to participate in the country-level component of the IHP+ monitoring. Participation is voluntary, but we encourage you to do so. In the last round, 24 countries participated and we would like to see more participants in this round. As with the 4th round, but different from the previous rounds, the data collection will be country based led by the MoH.

The process will overlap with the monitoring process of the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), and we are keen to identify a limited number of countries in which we can explore opportunities to strengthen the linkages between IHP+ and GPEDC monitoring as a way to minimise future transaction costs.  If you would be interested for your country to be part of this effort, please let us know at the same time that you confirm your participation.

To reinforce the shift to more country-based reporting, we ask that the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with its development partners, decide locally on participation in this exercise and that the Ministry of Health then sends an email response about participation.  Ideally all significant donors in a country that decides to participate should also be part of submitting their data to the MoH.

IHP+ will contract the implementation of this 5th round, probably a consortium as in previous rounds, and this will include support to countries in the form of guidance, help desk etc.

Please send your responses by 18 December 2015.

Please read this document that aims to answer any further questions you may have. We very much look forward to your participation in this important exercise. 

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