11 December 2013

During a recent joint World Bank-WHO-OECD mission to Sierra Leone, team members met with both Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials to discuss opportunities for accelerating development cooperation efforts. Strengthening MoHS financial management arrangements, with the objective of improving development partner harmonization and alignment with national health priorities and implementation arrangements, was a key focus area during the mission.

The next step in financial management harmonization and alignment in Sierra Leone

During a recent IHP+ mission to Sierra Leone, team members met with both Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials to discuss opportunities for accelerating development cooperation efforts. Strengthening MoHS financial management arrangements, with the objective of improving development partner harmonization and alignment with national health priorities and implementation arrangements, was a key focus area during the mission.

 

Discussions centered on following up on actions to the recommendations of the Joint Financial Management Assessment that was conducted in 2012. Among other things, the report recommended the creation of an Integrated Projects Administration Unit (IPAU) as part of MoHS’ financial management improvement actions.  The MoHS is taking forward the implementation of the IPAU in coordination with teams from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and health development partner financial management experts, who will review the IPAU for readiness and sustainability.  

 

The creation of the IPAU has strong support among country authorities, including the country’s Minister of Finance who has said that “public financial management (PFM) in the health sector is a sacred responsibility because it helps to ensure the health of citizens.” With strong national leadership and a commitment to mutual accountability in place, IPAU has the potential to significantly strengthen MoHS’ implementation capacity if properly implemented using international good practices on harmonization and alignment.

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