6 March 2014

On 15 January 2014, Steering Committee members representing partner countries, development partners and civil society gathered for the first time. They reviewed and agreed overall IHP+ strategic directions for 2014-2015 and advised on how the Partnership can more effectively address selected priorities. The discussion resulted in strong strategic guidance for IHP+ moving forward.

On 15 January 2014, Steering Committee members representing partner countries, development partners and civil society gathered for the first time. They reviewed and agreed overall IHP+ strategic directions for 2014-2015 and advised on how the Partnership can more effectively address selected priorities. The discussion resulted in strong strategic guidance for IHP+ moving forward.

Consensus on key issues

Several key decisions emerged from the meeting including:

  1. Broad support for the twin-track approach to intensified action on the seven behaviours (in-country and agency headquarters action).
  2. Support for the creation of an IHP+ financial management technical working group and continued prioritization of financial management harmonization and alignment efforts.
  3. Agreement that strengthening country-led platforms for information and accountability – which includes promoting global agency efforts to streamline and reduce global reporting requirements for countries and joint investment in country health information systems – will remain a critical focus for IHP+.

Ms Veronique Lorenzo, Head of Unit, DEVCO, European Commission, was elected as the Development Partner Co-chair for this year. The formal election of the country Co-Chair was postponed, but Dr Kargbo, Director, MoH in Sierra Leone, stepped in as acting country Co-chair.

IHP+ in the changing aid architecture and the post-2015 agenda

Steering Committee members observed that IHP+ could improve the way it defines its role and added value in relation to other global partnerships, especially looking ahead to the development landscape post-2015. IHP+ can help advance a more thorough understanding about why behavior change is not happening among individual partners and what incentives are needed to make change possible. IHP+ has developed useful tools for improved aid effectiveness (such as JANS and a common country-led platform for information and accountability), and members agreed that there is a need to provide guidance on how to institutionalize tools within agencies and countries.

Steering Committee members encouraged IHP+ to be more responsive to the changing health aid and development landscape, and to use its experience to influence discussions about emerging issues and changing roles of global health initiatives.

The IHP+ Strategic Directions and Program of Work for 2014-2015 were discussed by Steering committee members and revised accordingly.

View the Note for the Record from the meeting.


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